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  • Stranger by the Lake

    Stranger by the Lake


    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…

  • God's Own Country

    God's Own Country


    Featuring two of the best sex scenes I've seen onscreen in some time, for very different reasons that—taken together—anchor the movie's take on sexuality and sensuality. One is a rough-and-tumble roll through muddy fields that's vividly *hot*, speaking to the voracious desire that comes of wants unfulfilled and the animalistic thrill of the discovery of another's coveted body. It's immensely physical, trading on Lee's impressive ability to render his characters and their internal lives in tactility, tied to the rugged…

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  • Koyaanisqatsi



    First poor Philip Glass was too sick to play so his ensemble had to carry on without him, then at the fastest-paced passage of this some poor guy in the front row starts freaking out and—all without the film or live accompaniment stopping once—we get people running around to get help and an EMT arriving to attend to him, this movie is intense enough as it is, I did not need this additional immersive anxious experience.

  • Pirosmani



    "I'm stuck in the throat of this wretched life. It won't swallow me or let me go."
    Yeah this one resonated a bit. Lost in the casual complexity of these compositions, the remarkable pace of passage of time, the suffocating sense of notoriety and nothingness ever intertwined. Get me this on the big screen at once.

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  • Enter the Void

    Enter the Void


    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…