• Red Dragon

    Red Dragon

    Ralph Fiennes(The Red Dragon) eating the Blake drawing took this film into a zone of psychotic revelation that far exceeded what shld have been an otherwise dreary re-make of Manhunter. 
    There is the aesthete (Hannibal) and the seer (Red Dragon). Therein lie two routes of the 20th century artist, over refinement  to the point of cannibalism or identification with creation to the point of God-complex. In other words Broodthaers vs Beuys.
    The Red Dragon - when shamanism is pursued without…

  • Much Ado About Nothing

    Much Ado About Nothing

    Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more. 
        Men were deceivers ever, 
    One foot in sea, and one on shore, 
        To one thing constant never. 
    Then sigh not so, but let them go, 
        And be you blithe and bonny, 
    Converting all your sounds of woe 
        Into hey nonny, nonny. 

    Sing no more ditties, sing no more 
        Of dumps so dull and heavy. 
    The fraud of men was ever so 
       …

  • Othello

    Othello

    Fishburne’s epileptic fits are some of the most chilling scenes ever committed to cinema under the sign of Shakespeare. Hell those shivers are some of the most chilling moments in the cinema of the 1990s. Evil exists and this is always a salutary lesson. And yet today when Iagos are everywhere, pouring poison into the collective ear, where to turn? When envy is perpetually weaponised, when hatred and ressentiment rule, when jealousy is raised to an independent power then then…does tragedy even work? I’m a summer soul and this great winter is murderous

  • House of Gucci

    House of Gucci

    Directors have been murdered for offences far less egregious than this…or perhaps the hollow paper cut out world of the film is the perfect edifice for a label as gormless and gauche as the House in question?

  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    Why is the murder of Maria’s brother serve as the most potent aphrodisiac? The shot for shot scenes were nice and K described this as “essentially Egyptian” by which she meant Eternal, hieroglyphic and kitsch (mostly)

  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Spider-Man: No Way Home

    The desire to cure villains of evil is not the same thing as redemption or forgiveness.

  • L.A. Without a Map

    L.A. Without a Map

    David Tennent is unbearable, a sickening wretched man who slouches through this film as if it were punishment. Indeed, he punishes us.

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    By retreating into the detail one has more room to experiment

  • American Pie 2

    American Pie 2

    Important films in both the genre of gross out humour and in the relation between cinema and pornography. The first film is about networked sex and the expansion of the pornographic into everyday life (the pie - the gastro-vaginal etc). It’s the last ditch attempt to prove that real sex will still happen despite pornotopia. 
    Number two is more muted, resistance to time in general and fear of losing friends. Depressing themes for a raunchy comedy but it works. It’s…

  • Cry Macho

    Cry Macho

    Redemption exists. In this film and the others in the Eastwood universe, human beings must be tested to decide their mettle, their quality, their spiritual macho? They must cry. Here it is the old Cowboy and the young boy with his cock!
    Sent on a mission which is false (the father’s financial motives) which unexpectedly, by grace or sheer will, yield the good. Cynically that’s American ideology, empire expanding and failing but with good intentions blah blah. But it’s the…

  • The Emperor and the Assassin

    The Emperor and the Assassin

    Hey Claire if you see this comment below my phone ate itself and this is the only place I can make contact rn!!!

  • Belfast

    Belfast

    Feelsy riff on Hope And Glory…somehow the sentimentality doesn’t hit without WW2 although grandpa delivers (again)