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  • The Fury

    The Fury 1978

    Watched 23 Apr, 2015

    telekinetic bonds between two people = the perfect scenario for the Brian De Palma POV shot. His wild flourishes are so perfect for this kind of movie - he just doesn't know what kind of movie this is (it's ten things at once, all the time)

  • Jimmy P.: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian

    Jimmy P.: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian 2013

    Watched 22 Apr, 2015

    watched this, my first Desplechin, for a few reasons: he has a new film at Cannes, this is for some reason on Netflix UK, and recently Ryland Walker Knight called Desplechin (in his brief review of this on Letterboxd) his "favourite filmmaker of the word," and the word is definitely the big selling point here. Set in an America in which American voices seem alien, both Picard, a Blackfoot Indian, and Devereux, his French psychoanalyst, are speaking English as a…

  • Le Havre

    Le Havre 2011

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Apr, 2015

    brief thoughts straight after watching what's somehow my first Kaurismaki, even after living with a Finnish cinephile for three years. Aesthetically similar to Ozu, only with harsher lighting and darker mise-en-scene, but quintessentially Finnish (as I understand it, and even if the language is not): everyone is somewhere between jovial and miserable, either drunk or drinking, and deeply humanistic - a film about immigration in which the press portray immigrants as armed and dangerous terrorists, but the locals of Le…

  • Raising Cain

    Raising Cain 1992

    Watched 10 Apr, 2015

    never trust anything you hear in a De Palma movie - seeing is believing

  • Born Yesterday

    Born Yesterday 1950

    ★★★★½ Watched 09 Apr, 2015


  • Sonatine

    Sonatine 1993

    ★★★★ Watched 06 Apr, 2015

    nobody does killing time better than Takeshi Kitano

  • The Intruder

    The Intruder 2004

    ★★★★★ Watched 05 Apr, 2015

    where do I even start with this?

  • The Strange Case of Angelica

    The Strange Case of Angelica 2010

    ★★★★½ Watched 03 Apr, 2015

    I love how de Oliveira sets the time and geography of this: wide landscape shots show the same places at different times of day, with differing weather conditions/light levels, from the same vantage point, while recurring images: a statue pointing down a street, a church, a forgetful beggar; are encountered in a specific order again and again to tell us where Isaac is, and where he is going before he gets there as if his actions are inevitable.

  • I Love Beijing

    I Love Beijing 2001

    Watched 31 Mar, 2015

    the exact opposite of a Tsai Ming Liang movie: the problem isn't that young people in Beijing are starved of intimacy, rather that they have too much.

  • Chappie

    Chappie 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 28 Mar, 2015

    "mommy's consciousness test backup"

    surprisingly incisive exploration of the pros and cons of robotics/A.I. and its implications on humanity, dragging each concern to its logical/emotional conclusion - like all Blomkamp's films it's probably too violent for its own good, but at least here he's questioning its moral implications (admittedly not as much as he could've done) instead of simply revelling in it.

    also, Hugh Jackman's character is basically Iago in cargo shorts, and I love it.

  • The Green Ray

    The Green Ray 1986

    ★★★★★ Watched 26 Mar, 2015

    stay green, make your own luck

  • Suicide Club

    Suicide Club 2001

    ★★★ Watched 28 Feb, 2015