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  • My Winnipeg 2007

    ★★★★ Rewatched 27 Jul, 2014

    It was 2008. The 55th Sydney Film Festival was fast approaching and I, only fifteen, sat poring over the pages of the festival guide. The 18+ exclusion hit hard but that didn’t stop me from marking up a wishlist of films to see. What had gotten my attention first was the still image chosen for the guide – a man and a woman standing behind a horse’s head, in what looked like a field of horses’ heads sticking up from…

  • Don Quixote 1947

    ★★★ Watched 14 Jul, 2014

    What could have been a very impressive adaptation of Part 1 alone ends up falling down through a very lacklustre stab at Part 2 of the novel. When we hit the 80min mark and a brilliant slow zoom out ends the narrative of Cervantes' first book of Don Quixote, the film has already had much to say of both character and the concept of temporal storytelling, yet Rafael Gil near completely misses the thematic and narrative purpose of the second…

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  • Enemy 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 12 Jul, 2014 1

    Hyper stylised thriller that is something of a slow burn but never not interesting. Usage of music and those bookending montages were superb complements to the general unease garnered by colour palette alone.

    Whilst the imagery is there (alongside Villeneuve's predilection for sudden plot shifts as darkly comic reminders of life's futility), I feel like Enemy is somewhat empty. The ultimate notions of fidelity and identity, whilst interesting, are simplistic narrative arcs. Even the final shot, that garners raves, worked…

  • Spring Breakers 2012

    ★★½ Watched 09 May, 2013 11

    This was a very confusing film to enjoy. On the one hand, it's completely idiotic and void of meaning (any attempt to find a point to the film is giving it more credit than it's worth) and on the other hand, in certain moments the cinematography is fantastic, it is really funny at times and is anchored by a very good James Franco performance.

    I know it's bad, that much I can ascertain. It is not terrible, though. It's no…