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  • De Palma

    De Palma

    ★★★½

    Basically just De Palma talking through his filmography but it's always a delight when any artist is so open and candid about what did or didn't work. 

    Personally I love De Palma'a style. Heavily influenced by Hitchcock, he made things his own, modernised influences, and knows how to shoot the shit out of a scene. 

    This documentary probably would sit better as a De Palma film collection Criterion extra but if you enjoy his body of work (good and less so), there's lots to like.

  • Trainspotting

    Trainspotting

    ★★★★

    So it was time to revisit Trainspotting, the first time in about fifteen years!? I vividly remember the amazing soundtrack in my younger, developing years — Iggy Pop and Underworld primarily. Then the heroin, Renton, Sick Boy, Spud, Begbie, the baby, Kelly Macdonald naked, but most of all, the bleakness of the whole affair. 

    As always, there is a trepidation revisiting classic films from your youth. I never LOVED Trainspotting as much as some of my friends did back then.…

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  • Swingers

    Swingers

    ★★★★½

    I have fond, fond memories of Swingers.

    Swingers is one of these experiences you had to have when it first came out. As a late teenager at the time (closer to my twenties), what Vince and Jon do in this movie was pretty much what I was doing (except the whole Vegas thing and saying 'beautiful babies' a lot). Hanging out with friends, trying to look cool, going to new clubs and bars, buying expensive drinks (or stealing others at…

  • The Science of Sleep

    The Science of Sleep

    ★★★★½

    Gondry is in complete control with The Science of Sleep. He wrote and directed this absolute wonder of a film. You can feel his playful energy in every frame, with Gael García Bernal and Charlotte Gainsbourg throwing themselves into Gondry's head and really understanding his vision.

    It's filmmakers like Gondry, who when they have total ownership over their material, make you see the pure magic that cinema can provide. Glorious!