• Conduct Phase

    Conduct Phase

    Full of beautifully messy overlapped footage, grungy super 8, intense sound design... and dogs. I’d expect nothing less from Strickland.

  • Sunshine

    Sunshine

    ★★★½

    A 5 star sci-fi classic trapped in a disposable schlocky narrative. Edge of my seat until the last act. Then I wanted it to end. Wasted potential. But the first hour is classic

  • The Life of Jesus

    The Life of Jesus

    ★★½

    Objectively a nicely shot film with some Lynne Ramsey-esque attention to detail and moments of economic story telling such as the aArah family receiving abuse shown with a close up of the father holding his sons wrist as he clenches his fist in anger at the abuse. All good stuff.

    But the protagonist was such a repulsive person, familiar to me in a way that gave me flashbacks to being bullied in my youth. He was despicable, abussive to woman,…

  • Blast of Silence

    Blast of Silence

    ★★★½

    I can see that Le Samari and Grosse Point Blank we’re influenced by this. The fun dealer was a great character.

  • The Trial

    The Trial

    ★★★½

    The film was strong until Orson Welles entered their picture then it became too opaque for me. I feel like I’ll enjoy this more on second viewing.

  • The House That Jack Built

    The House That Jack Built

    ★★★½

    Great set pieces, lessened by how disjointed they felt from each other. None of the character (baring maybe Simple) had any impact. Perhaps this is the point, but for me the story would have had more impact if we spent time with his wife and kids and Simple before he killed them. Then it would have been a tragedy worthy of Lar Von Triers best work. Love him as a director because he takes you on a journey with his…

  • Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom

    Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom

    ★★★★

    woman reads whilst people cry

  • The Conversation

    The Conversation

    ★★★★★

    Watching someone watching someone. Captivating

  • Chinatown

    Chinatown

    ★★★★★

    Classic cynical detective turns compassionate

  • Cries and Whispers

    Cries and Whispers

    ★★★★

    White dresses and red walls

  • The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

    The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

    ★★★★

    The driver doesn’t know wine

  • The Godfather

    The Godfather

    ★★★★★

    youngest son shows everyone. Naysayers