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  • Seashore

    Seashore 2015

    ★★½ Watched 12 Sep, 2015

    First The Way He Looks and Futuro Beach, now along comes Seashore to consolidate Brazilian gay cinema's amusing over-reliance on aquatic imagery. Would that this had the same strengths that allowed its companions to overcome that issue; much as feature debut directors Marcio Reolon and Felipe Matzembacher might make a compelling dynamic of their co-leads' (well-performed) characters, we're so far from anything remotely new here that the plentiful setbacks can't but overwhelm the film. From the early excess of shallow…

  • Dear White People

    Dear White People 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 10 Sep, 2015 2

    Give Justin Simien a couple years, a couple films, and a couple tips on how and where to point a camera, and he just might develop the directorial ability to do genuine justice to the superb scripting skills he showcases here.

    Recommended reading: Armond, on fire.

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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…