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  • Liberté

    Liberté

    Albert Serra’s latest, Liberté is the first film I have seen in quite some time, and the first film in a much longer time that I have truly been anticipating. It didn’t disappoint. 

    The film’s scenes do not evade real-time or linear time between each cut in the same way that most cuts in films do. Instead, each subsequent scene seems to continue almost precisely - yet abstractly - where the previous left off, only voyeuristically focusing on a different…

  • Sleep Has Her House

    Sleep Has Her House

    For anybody who wishes to see Sleep Has Her House (or wants to simply own a copy) it can now be purchased as a Blu-Ray quality digital file (16GB) from my website: scottbarleyfilm.com/Store

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  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    Sorry to friends who loved it, but Annihilation is embarrassingly awful.

    I don’t know what’s worse: the film itself, or the critics who compared it to 2001 and Tarkovsky.

    All that the reaction to the film proves, is that people are very, very hungry for truly good “sci-fi” films, and will lavish praises on dumb films, filled with abysmal sets and special effects, and worse - derivation - to ease their discontent with the sci-fi milieu. How about we avoid…

  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    Grandrieux owes much to Lynch, but this film specifically. It is the closest Lynch ever got to embodying his idol, Francis Bacon. It is a nightmare. A spider's egg. It hatches under closed eyelids, spun (projected) on to the walls. Even though I only saw Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me recently, I also feel my cinema is in a debt to the images and sounds in this stabbing, this murder of a film.

    The film's very nature - a shivered mirror - confirms its own dissolution, its severed body collapses in on itself. "Corps de blah", indeed!