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  • Last Words 1968

    ★★★ Watched 25 Oct, 2014

    You'll forgive the inherent auteurism when I say this sees an early emergence of Herzog's notion of the "ecstatic truth": the way he seems to prod the eccentrics that espouse nonsense to his camera constitutes both a bizarre divergence from the verisimilitude of the documentary format and, somehow, in the way they speak rather than the words they say, the reality of their lives. It's very strange, and strangely confident in itself too. And blimey does it look good.

  • Hercules 1962

    ★★★ Watched 02 Oct, 2014

    We're off to a strong start with Werner's first: any auteurist will have a field day here with the early emergence of that inimitable ironic gaze of Herzog's. This one treads a delicately-balanced line between sly humour and surprisingly disturbing sentiment. Above all, it's the work of someone with a distinctly cinematic eye: see the interplay of sound and silence, the force of the cuts (there's some fascinating montage), the inextricably visual nature of the sharp little thesis it puts forward.

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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 12

    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…