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  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    ★★★★★

    This movie has never felt so haptic, febrile, and punishing as during a sleep-deprived, 6am, scratchy 35mm show at the PCC. I was pretty cold by this point in the morning, so the swelter of the movie (soaked in from the second row) felt particularly feverish, and being jolted awake by Marilyn Burns' screams, only to be instantly riveted by the tactility of those peeling, piss-stained images, is one of the most horrifying experiences of my life. An unquestionable masterpiece.

  • Strangely Ordinary This Devotion

    Strangely Ordinary This Devotion

    ★★★★

    Maybe the most visceral and visionary movie I've seen all year - thrillingly tactile, narrative but also free-associative, intimate and feral. I have no idea how to write about this movie, but I will when my heart slows down.

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  • Hard to Be a God

    Hard to Be a God

    ★★★★

    With more farts than Blazing Saddles and enough vomit to rival Bad Taste, Aleksej German's final film is so vivid that you'd think it had revived smell-o-vision.

    Like František Vláčil's Marketa Lazarová, this medievil epic - set on the planet Arkanar, which in its 13th Century is experiencing its Renaissance - is influenced little by plot, and instead cocoons the viewer into its primitive speck of the macrocosm. The idea is time travel - not so much evoking a period…

  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice

    ★★★★

    Strange Rhythms...

    - Best opening/closing title of 2015 (so far, but it'll be hard to beat).

    - It's a fruitless comparison, but the opening image, of a Pacific vista sandwiched between two beach huts, and focalized by their gates closed back-to-back, reminds me of the second shot of Ozu's Floating Weeds, where the view of a vast ocean is hemmed by two boats, and a lighthouse in the far background offers a centre (I couldn't find screencaps of those shots,…