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  • Contagion

    Contagion

    ★★★½

    A quick note on two shots in Contagion: seeingfilm.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/contagion.html

  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    Does The Mole section actually feel like a week to anyone? I couldn't mark it as more than two or three days, and The Air feels much longer than an hour because of how and when it intersects with the other two narratives (and the fact that they occupy the same duration for the audience - we meet all of these characters by roughly the twenty-minute mark). Nolan goes out of his way to impose an explicit time frame on…

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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,…