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  • Ratcatcher

    Ratcatcher 1999

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 20 May, 2015

    A dark story that is interspersed with some tiny, beautiful moments, Ratcatcher is an impressive debut feature from Lynne Ramsay that lays out the themes and tone of all of her other films. Set in Glasgow during a garbage strike, it features beautiful cinematography and sound design to tell a young boy's story as he tries to find happiness in his dark and depressing surroundings while haunted by an incident that occurs at the beginning of the film.

  • North by Northwest

    North by Northwest 1959

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 18 May, 2015

    A brilliantly constructed thriller that lays out the template for the modern thriller in a lot of ways. Filled with a twisty plot and great visual storytelling along with a great sense of humour, North By Northwest is vintage Hitchcock and it's filled with iconic cinematic images. Always fun to watch to watch some great filmmaking that fully utilizes the frame and the possibilities of working with a great cast and crew.

  • In the Year of the Pig

    In the Year of the Pig 1969

    ★★★★ Watched 17 May, 2015

    Watching older documentaries about historical events that are made while the events are occurring can be very interesting as we have the benefit of hindsight. With Emile de Antonio's In the Year of the Pig it is a great documentary about the Vietnam War and the events leading to it which provides a comprehensive context. Filled with startling and disturbing images, it's a film that is immediate and powerful about historical events in the midst of them occurring.

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 16 May, 2015

    Wow.
    I saw it at the drive-in in 2D which was a lot of fun.
    Intense and with an unrelenting pace, Mad Max: Fury Road has a dynamic energy that keeps moving with only a few breaks. There are few films that are able to pull this off and the great reimagining of the action blockbuster has a thread of feminism woven through it which adds a bit of depth to the explosions and car chases. Essentially it's one big…

  • Henri Georges Clouzot's Inferno

    Henri Georges Clouzot's Inferno 2009

    ★★★½ Watched 15 May, 2015

    Sometimes you watch a documentary and you have a suspicion that it's not real, but it does appear that Henri-Georges Clouzot attempted to make a film called "Inferno" filled with a wide variety of experimental techniques. It's fascinating to see the footage and hear the stories from many of the people who were there, but ultimately, his finished films are more interesting for what they do and don't do.

  • Swimmer

    Swimmer 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 14 May, 2015

    A gorgeous, impressionistic short following a swimmer traversing England through rivers, Swimmer is a beautiful film from Lynne Ramsay with hints of the disturbing subtexts that lurk beneath the surface of her other films too.

  • Blow Up My Town

    Blow Up My Town 1968

    ★★★½ Watched 13 May, 2015

    There is so much cinematic history that goes unseen with bold statements with themes and techniques explored by more mainstream filmmakers receiving far more attention than they deserve. Chantal Akerman's early short film "Blow Up My Town" is one of those statements from 1968 that is simple and powerful with a woman in a room seeking to escape her life.

  • Réponse de femmes: Notre corps, notre sexe

    Réponse de femmes: Notre corps, notre sexe 1975

    ★★★★ Watched 13 May, 2015

    The sign of a great filmmaker is how they can construct a film that feels effortless, but is actually the culmination of years of experience and skill. With her film, Our Bodies, Our Sex, Agnes Varda made a short film with women as a response for a tv show in the 70s. The amazing thing is that the film isn't really dated at all and is perhaps even more relevant today. Varda is a treasure.

  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 13 May, 2015

    Cool and precise, there is a confidence to Ex Machina that is evident from the first frames. It's visual and efficient storytelling that also plays with the audience and expectations. The directorial debut of Alex Garland, it explores similar themes from the films he wrote for Danny Boyle as well as his novels. It made me think and it made me uneasy which is a very good thing. It was generally what I expected, but also cleverly played with those expectations in a way that most popular science fiction films don't.

  • Morvern Callar

    Morvern Callar 2002

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 12 May, 2015

    With a powerful central performance by Samantha Morton and Lynne Ramsay's poetic storytelling and an amazing soundtrack, Morvern Callar is memorable and haunting. Starting off with a stunning revelation, it's fascinating and horrifying at times as we follow the central character as she makes some questionable decisions to change her life. The sound design, editing, and cinematography are all stunning and complement the naturalistic feeling the unsettles while remaining compelling throughout.

  • The Skywalk Is Gone

    The Skywalk Is Gone 2002

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Jan, 2015

    A pair of interlocking stories told in a naturalistic, almost documentary way that uses the locations to tell a story elliptically from a distance.

  • 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her

    2 or 3 Things I Know About Her 1966

    ★★★ Rewatched 27 Apr, 2015

    Godard is interesting because there usually is a lot going on and there are some interesting moments, but not a lot of fun. Playing with colour and the framing and ideas as usual, but there wasn't much of a spark for me and I could really remember if I had seen it before or not, which probably isn't a very good sign.