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  • The Ascent

    The Ascent

    ★★★★★

    My experience of watching The Ascent was oddly twinned with Come And See. Approximately ten years ago, I started my holiday with Come And See, at 11am on a Monday morning, happy to not be at work (no holiday truly starts until you are at the point at which you should be somewhere as usual, and the usual has taken a hike). It ruined my holiday. The whole week was in a shadow, after that film.
    I find myself once…

  • Surviving Edged Weapons

    Surviving Edged Weapons

    ★★★★★

    A jewelled crown of paracinema, a prize that was never meant for mere mortals, Surviving Edged Weapons comes to us from a golden age of violence & silliness. It was a police training video, created for a professional elite to educate & enlighten. How a man jiggling at the speed of danger, hips flexing & thrusting, was meant to train a police officer in the ways of self defense remains a mystery. There are many mysteries surrounding this film, such as who the…

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  • Phenomena

    Phenomena

    ★★★★½

    Phenomena truly is a berserk film. Few films so desperately require a time out, & yet I never wanted it to stop. Atonal rhythms of nature. There are rotting things hidden in those sweet, green, rolling fields.

  • American Honey

    American Honey

    ★★★★★

    You can see the beginning and end of civilisation from here.