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  • Solaris 2002

    ★★★½ Watched 25 Jan, 2015

    Not to be saying bad words about gorgeous George, who very generously serves up his peachy behind for our viewing pleasure no fewer than two times here, but he's oft-emblematic of Soderbergh's Solaris' uneasy tensions between heady and Hollywood sci-fi styles: wandering about this space station to the eerie accompaniment of Cliff Martinez's excellent score, he's got an ideally expressive face to communicate the strange sense of aimless isolation the story so well evokes; as a mouthpiece for some of…

  • American Sniper 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 18 Jan, 2015

    Given that he spent two films deconstructing perhaps the most iconic image of the stars and stripes in action, it is beyond baffling to me that so many can see Clint Eastwood and an American flag and cry jingoism without a deeper thought. So here's an only-slightly-irate essay I wrote for Next Projection: "Clint Eastwood and (Re-)Issues of American Masculinity"

    When, at an early juncture in American Sniper, Clint Eastwood frames Bradley Cooper in the doorway of a barn silhouetted…

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  • Enter the Void 2009

    ★★★★½ Watched 23 Aug, 2012 20

    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 2000

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 01 Sep, 2012 15

    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…