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  • Razorback

    Razorback 1984

    Watched 26 Sep, 2015

    Enjoyably nightmarish with an impressive visual style, particularly the use of wide tracking shots and stark lighting. It could be argued that we don't see enough of the razorback but I would say that the eerie off beat mood allows your imagination to fill in the gaps just fine.

  • Paths of Glory

    Paths of Glory 1957

    Rewatched 13 Sep, 2015

    Whilst explicit in its condemnation of war and its machinations, Paths of Glory never feels heavy handed or overwrought. The film delivers so many devastating moments and sequences that make your stomach just drop. The performances of Adolphe Menjou and George Macready as the two commanding officers might be the best representations of the banality of evil ever put to screen.

  • The Brood

    The Brood 1979

    Watched 06 Sep, 2015

    Begins feeling very Hitchcockian, then becomes very... well Cronenbergian. Oliver Reed and Samantha Eggar are both extremely compelling and the potent mix of jealousy, psychology and maternity all culminate in a fantastically shocking finale.

  • Papillon

    Papillon 1973

    Watched 25 Aug, 2015

    Some dodgy hair and makeup aside, Papillon has many memorable and genuinely moving moments. The central relationship and the changing fortunes of the two leads over such a long period of time is immensely satisfying and allows for deep reflection.

  • Primer

    Primer 2004

    Watched 19 Aug, 2015

    With about 20 minutes of research after watching the film I think I can say that I (nearly) understand it. But Timecop was more fun and starred Jean-Claude Van Damme so....

  • Akira

    Akira 1988

    Rewatched 17 Aug, 2015

    Chaotic and exhausting, but I'm keen to rewatch soon to fully appreciate the visual depth and unpack some of the themes in more detail.

  • Sorcerer

    Sorcerer 1977

    Rewatched 04 Aug, 2015

    After an American oil well catches fire four criminals must transport explosives to extinguish the blaze. There is no way I would root for these guys... but oh shit that bridge sure doesn't look stable.

    I have now seen Sorcerer three times in the past twelve months, the first time at MIFF and the second time with live musical accompaniment from Tangerine Dream (RIP Edgar Froese). Brutally intense and psychologically exhausting, it is probably my favourite filmic discovery of recent years.

  • American Psycho

    American Psycho 2000

    Watched 26 Jul, 2015

    A supremely cool dissection of 80s consumerism and the white collar world that allows men to indulge their more narcissistic tendencies. Bale inhabits the lead role with total commitment, his Patrick Bateman is creepy but more importantly hilariously out of touch. The fetishisation of the newly printed business cards was just brilliant.

  • A Single Man

    A Single Man 2009

    Rewatched 19 Jul, 2015

    A sensuous meditation on disconnection, A Single Man is both hopeful and melancholic in equal parts. Ford's eye for detail is impeccable and I hope to see him return to the director's chair in the near future.

  • The Descent

    The Descent 2005

    Watched 10 Jul, 2015

    The overwhelming sense of claustrophobia is established almost immediately and the tension is masterfully ratcheted up from there. Spelunking eh?... Fuck That!

  • Black Dynamite

    Black Dynamite 2009

    Watched 03 Jul, 2015

    A genuinely funny and affectionate blaxploitation tribute. It looks fantastic and has great attention to detail. My gosh, Michael Jai White is too much man for just one man.

  • The Party

    The Party 1968

    Watched 29 Jun, 2015

    Despite the inherently problematic central character, Sellers channels Jacques Tati's M. Hulot to great comic effect. The ever heightening absurdity and flurry of activity make for an immensely gleeful watch.