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  • The Bad Sleep Well
  • Blow Out
  • Equinox Flower
  • Hard Boiled

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  • Dune: Part Two


  • Perfect Blue


  • Oppenheimer


  • Return to Dust


Pinned reviews

  • 15 Hours

    15 Hours


    “[Wang Bing] crystallises all the tensions within a historical configuration.”
    – Georges Didi Huberman

    “The crystal thus indicates the point at which the immanence of virtual and actual reaches a kind of purity, the point at which the process of actualisation (where virtual causes actual) and the process of looping back (where actual affects virtual) become indiscernible.” (59)

    “[T]he Aionic present is not a moment in or of time, it is the introduction of time as such; time does not…

  • The Assassin

    The Assassin


    It's been interesting to reflect on this fourth viewing of The Assassin after following it with a read of Pei Xing's (very) short story (The Assassin: Hou Hsiao-hsien’s World of Tang China, 197-201). What stands out is the manner in which director Hou Hsiao-hsien adapts and reconfingure's the Tang-era tale from one in which the protagonist, Nie Yinniang, appears at ease with her lethal prowess and wholly imbricated in the social breakdown of the times – observable in the obeisance…

Recent reviews

  • Ashes of Time

    Ashes of Time


    1994 Venice Cut, TF1 DVD

  • Poor Things

    Poor Things


    Bleak that at the present time philosophical excursions into human nature and its depths can only be examined for the broader public with such an infantile manner. This has no business being rated R, 18, CAT III etc.

Popular reviews

  • Wife of a Spy

    Wife of a Spy


    Really interesting how the digital filmmaking here sits in contrast to its use of classical techniques (i.e. blocking, backlights, very set bound). It's a tension wherein the digital textures re-inforce and -double the whole theme of the constructed nature of images and identity. Everybody's caught up in and pushing against another's story (e.g. the nation's, the military's, a spy's, a wife's). Of course, the real centre of this is Satoko and Yusaka's mutual efforts to insert or remove her from…

  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League


    Tarnished visions, lost films and abandoned or otherwise destroyed cuts are not unusual occurrences in the history of cinema. Erich von Stroheim’s Greed, Sergei Eisenstein’s ¡Que viva México! and Ivan the Terrible, Part III, or almost any project of Orson Welles’ following The Magnificent Ambersons speak to the consequences that might await filmmakers whose ambitions stray to close to the sun or come up against the wariness of studios and producers who see a bottom line threatened by artistic largesse.…