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  • The Unchanging Sea

    The Unchanging Sea

    Cinema itself and the sea mirror each other.

    A unique video essay; a way of working and representation that I wish more artists would embrace.

    One thing I wish is that it didn’t include music by Satie. Just ocean, and have sound utilised in the same way as the visuals, so diegetic sounds from the different films (seas) cascade in and seep out - like the tide itself; like the superimpositions, creating unique sonic entanglements and textures. I love Satie,…

  • Werckmeister Harmonies

    Werckmeister Harmonies

    Oh, language, you fucker! — you are, in all your beauty, so awfully inadequate, incapable of expressing what this film did for - and to - me.

    After being in a oneiric state of true awe for 144 minutes, with the final shot of the film, I surrendered something within me. That’s what it felt like. Something was released, forced out of my chest, and I saw it rise, and I saw my body turn black, charred and withered, like…

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  • 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!

  • 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…