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  • The Band's Visit

    The Band's Visit 2007

    ★★½ Watched 28 Apr, 2016

    Exactly the sort of dour absurdism told almost entirely in mid-shot I'd have lapped up if caught at 2am on a Wednesday night foreign film TV slot ten years ago; now—older, wiser, infinitely more cynical—I can see the depoliticised drama for all its facile naïveté. Right down to the shared Arabic-Hebrew credits, this is wearyingly wistful stuff whose po-faced we-are-the-world simplicity does nobody any good.

  • Louder Than Bombs

    Louder Than Bombs 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 30 Apr, 2016

    There's a lot of curious commonalities here with Blind, co-writer Eskil Vogt's own recent directorial debut, in terms of perspective and narratology—both in the sense of the film's own storytelling and the way our outlook and the information we're privy to informs the narrative we create to explain our circumstances. It's structurally invigourating—subjecting us to an emotive dramatic irony as we leap from dream to memory, past to present, scene to scene—but, as with that earlier film, never quite employed…

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  • Enter the Void

    Enter the Void 2009

    ★★★★½ Watched 23 Aug, 2012 21

    Certain films you love because they touch you personally. Others you love because they tell a story so gripping you feel part of it yourself. Some you love for their part in shaping you as a cinephile, even as a person. Then there are the handful of films you love simply because you must love: because they represent so bold an authorial vision, so striking a view of the world, so wholly unique a perspective on life through cinema, that…

  • Werckmeister Harmonies

    Werckmeister Harmonies 2000

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 01 Sep, 2012 14

    Why do I hold Werckmeister Harmonies aloft as the greatest film I have ever seen? A huge part of it, admittedly, and the thing that makes me think it will remain my favourite film to the day I die, is its profound personal relevance. I first saw the film about 5 years ago now, at a time when my interest in cinema was in the very very earliest stages of blossoming. It blew me away. Takes that long, images that…