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  • Rise and Fall of a Small Film Company

    Rise and Fall of a Small Film Company

    ★★½

    At once utterly insufferable and undeniably intriguing: Godard, in a word. I've got a volatile relationship with Jean-Luc at the best of times, and this seemed to veer from that to the worst with delirious abandon. Thirteen minutes in I was dying for it to end; three minutes to credits I laughed so loudly it echoed. The comic antics are so broad as to bore (its being ironically overwrought doesn't make it, to me, any less grating than an unintentionally bad telefilm) but the intellectual exercise engages, even as its expression repels. It was a long 92 minutes.

  • A Bigger Splash

    A Bigger Splash

    ★★½

    Very little time for this in all its affected oddity; Guadagnino's over-eager editing style has me seriously concerned for his Suspiria. Never as fun as it ought to be except in allowing Fiennes to run rampant, a joy it unwisely curtails in service of a sentiment it seems to think infinitely more weighty than it is. Hardly helps that it's so clumsily set up with an excess of "background" details so clumsily signposted it feels as if Luca's sat right there prodding you in the ribs all along.

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  • 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…

  • Werckmeister Harmonies

    Werckmeister Harmonies

    ★★★★★

    Why do I hold Werckmeister Harmonies aloft as the greatest film I have ever seen? A huge part of it, admittedly, and the thing that makes me think it will remain my favourite film to the day I die, is its profound personal relevance. I first saw the film about 5 years ago now, at a time when my interest in cinema was in the very very earliest stages of blossoming. It blew me away. Takes that long, images that…