• Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

    Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

    ★★★★★

    Fuck it, it gets a 5. FINALLLLYYYYYY got around to watching this and it’s probably the funniest thing i’ve ever seen, dont think i’ve laughed this hard and this consistently in well... forever. Excited as FUCK for the sequel now.

  • Shame

    Shame

    ★★★★½

    I haven’t properly watched a film in about three weeks, and through it’s absense, my love for the medium was been called into question, I’ve had to ask myself if this is really what i’m passionate about and on top of that i just didn’t feel like watching a movie which kind of worried me, and it took something as extraordinary as ‘Shame’ to re-invigorate that adoration for the art form, for which i’d begun to lose. Beyond being about…

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★★½

    Kaufman did it again. Kind of had to lower my expectations going into it, as it’s quite easy to go into a movie made by a film maker who not only made one of my favourites of the last decade but also my favourite movie of all time and instantly love it no matter what, but i held my anticipation back and still surpassed all and any expectations i could’ve had. He’s exploring similar topics to the rest of his…

  • Requiem for a Dream

    Requiem for a Dream

    ★★★★½

    Can’t say i’ve had a film impact me in this specific way before. A visceral, aggressive and harrowing portrayal of addiction and substance abuse, presented in such a beautifully unpleasant way through Arronofsky’s haunting camerawork and Jay Rabinowitz’s unconventional, but unbelievably effective editing. It’s use of unnatural, unwelcoming and anxiety inducing close ups, zooms and surrealist techniques provides for an experience you want to forget but never will. Arronofsky pushes to some extremely dark and morbid places of the human…

  • [REC]

    [REC]

    ★★★½

    Actually a really good found footage movie, very clever and effective in its presentation and the way that it’s able to build tension is really well done. The performances feel very real and palpable and made me believe in the situation. I’m pretty easy to scare so it’s safe to say that certain moments scared the SHIT out of me without it ever feeling cheap or unearned, but everything else in between the tension building and scares didn’t feel unnecessary…

  • Dogtooth

    Dogtooth

    ★★★★

    As usual Lanthimos produces something unlike anything i’ve ever seen. His dead pan style is still evident even at this point in his career, it’s so purposeful and darkly comedic, evoking the detachment this family has from the real world. There’s clearly a lot of sub-text, not all of which i’ve managed to wrap my head around but from what i could pick it up i saw a pitch black tragicomic take on control and manipulation within a crisply-drawn suburban…

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★★

    Incredibly late to the party but i FUCKING loved Portrait of a Lady on Fire. Really don’t have anything new to add to the table so don’t expect to hear anything fresh. This movie is literally perfect, it’s slow and patient yet there isn’t a single bit of fat to trim, every frame feels like it deserves its own exhibit in an art museum, the scenery, the ocean, the fire, the composition, it’s all capturing and understanding exactly what the film…

  • Possession

    Possession

    ★★★★½

    gonna have to be another plain and simple: what the fuck

  • The Souvenir

    The Souvenir

    ★★★★½

    Joanna Hogg’s a film maker i’ve been quite interested in for some time and The Souvenir was one of the films i really wanted to see but wasn’t able to catch from last year, and I just got NEON and to my surprise this is on there so i gave it a watch and really, really liked it. Hogg’s directorial style has such a clear and distinct voice not only in terms of colour and tone, but the way she…

  • Stalker

    Stalker

    ★★★★★

    I LOST MY TARKOVSKY VIRGINITY! I’ve always put off delving into his filmography due to feeling like i’m not ready to experience it, but tonight i thought to myself fuck it, i’m gonna watch Stalker. I slept on it and i still don’t think you can ever really be prepared, nor can you recover from the colossal, tidal wave that is Tarkovsky. Similar to Noe’s work but even more so here, his projects feel like they’re more than just a film, they’re experiences,…

  • Caché

    Caché

    ★★★★★

    Didn’t really know what to expect going into this. Michael Hanake is a director who’s filmography i’ve been meaning to delve into for quite some time and after one film i am already OBSESSED with him. The way he approaches film making is like nothing i’ve ever seen before, he more than anyone else relies so heavily on visuals to tell the story and to make the audience feel something, he doesn’t use manipulative music, expository dialogue nor the colour…

  • V for Vendetta

    V for Vendetta

    ★★★★

    Quickly becoming one of my favourite comic book films to a point where i think it even surpasses that genre’s limitations, it still has its goofy “comic booky” moments here and there and it kinda took me out of it, but with Hugo Weaving’s excellent performance as V and it’s uncannily prevalent political under currents, this ended up being a really good movie. Wasn’t particularly attached to the characters in any way, nor did I think the director brought a…