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  • Everybody Wants Some

    Everybody Wants Some 2016

    ★★½ Watched 24 May, 2016

    Two steps back here for Linklater, who after neatly sidestepping ample opportunities for insufferably naifish navel-gazing in Boyhood throws his arms out wide and plunges right into those pits here. What's of interest is how utterly on-brand it all is, and how that coupled with it being rather a lot of rubbish makes me wonder what a(nother) rewatch of Dazed and Confused might feel like now: a leery sensibility and pedestrian philosophising isn't at all uncommon among the man's movies,…

  • 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.

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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…