Ronan Doyle

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Favorite films

  • Werckmeister Harmonies
  • Pigs
  • Wendy and Lucy
  • The Gleaners and I

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  • Frankenhooker

    ★★★½

  • One Way or Another

    ★★★½

  • Interview with the Vampire

  • House by the River

    ★★★½

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  • Certified Copy

    Certified Copy

    ★★★★★

    Nothing has changed.
    But you have.

    Six years since I saw this. A lifetime ago. It feels like yesterday. A different film this time. That's part of the point. Its twists less a coup than clues undeciphered. We are beholden to our prejudiced perspectives, in cinema as much as in life. The past behind, the future before. All at a remove, lives glanced in a glass. We want to go back and can't wait to get away. A relationship, a…

  • Stranger by the Lake

    Stranger by the Lake

    ★★★★½

    Review from my VOD column "This Week on Demand"

    What curious creatures we humans are, with the intelligence to understand our animalistic urges yet not the inhibitions to overcome them. Fatty food, we understand, tastes good to trick us into eating it aplenty. So it is with sex, procreation and pleasure inherently intertwined, evolutionary urges linking lust and love under the auspices of attraction. Stranger by the Lake is a microcosmic masterpiece, its streamlined screenplay and sole setting condensing these…

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  • Frankenhooker

    Frankenhooker

    ★★★½

    Missed a midnight movie screening a while back and all the more annoyed now: this must be GREAT with a crowd. Flows over with camp, chaos, and the satirical streak of exploitation excess.

  • One Way or Another

    One Way or Another

    ★★★½

    Put me in mind of that great line from Rocky Road to Dublin: "what do you do with your revolution once you've got it?"
    Loved the progressive post-revolutionary politics of this: no resting on laurels, far too much more work to be done. Gómez gives voice to the contradictions between the egalitarian aims and unfulfilled promises. This doesn't always work, but when it does it's searing.

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  • The Big Shave

    The Big Shave

    ★★★★

    Dear Diary,

    Today I showed The Big Shave as part of a presentation on Scorsese, to demonstrate the early emergence of stylistic and visceral tendencies in his direction. A grown man shrieked a bit. Twice. It was the best day ever.

  • Enter the Void

    Enter the Void

    ★★★★½

    Certain films you love because they touch you personally. Others you love because they tell a story so gripping you feel part of it yourself. Some you love for their part in shaping you as a cinephile, even as a person. Then there are the handful of films you love simply because you must love: because they represent so bold an authorial vision, so striking a view of the world, so wholly unique a perspective on life through cinema, that…