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  • Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

    Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping 2016

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 10 Nov, 2016

    So far this is still the best film of 2016.

  • Dogville Confessions

    Dogville Confessions 2004

    ★★★★ Watched 28 May, 2016

    Wait, what? Why has nobody ever talked about this?

    I haven't seen Dogville for a number of years now, though in all fairness it's not so much the film as the director that I find so madly intriguing. And this "behind the scenes" project gives almost as much insight into Von Trier's practices and thought processes as something like The Five Obstructions. Better still, by means of a "Freedom of Speech" box that was apparently open for anyone on the…

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  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive 2001

    ★★★★ Watched 10 Feb, 2014 12

    You know, this actually made sense to me. I was bracing for a fevered surrealist nightmare, but this felt much more like a coherent narrative than anything else.

    I found myself eerily reminded of Bergman's Persona more than once - was that just me? Not only a sense that the two lead women might just be the same person, but a similarly energetic claustrophobia that pulsates in the silences between them. There's sexual energy, but there's also sincere compassion and…

  • Dancer in the Dark

    Dancer in the Dark 2000

    ★★★★½ Watched 26 Feb, 2014 4

    I get it. I finally know what the hell Lars is doing.

    Okay. So firstly, this so-called conclusion to the "Golden Heart Trilogy" is basically the standard by which all polarizing films should be measured. It's just that divisive. I felt my star rating dropping from five to zero and back again, more times than I could count. Of course by this point the star rating is unnecessary and silly, and it's obvious that we have a winner. Lars von…