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  • Echoes of Silence

    Echoes of Silence

    ★★★★½

    "The film just thrums with an intangible something, yanked from the air and given a rough, hesitant shape by the directive of the scene, i.e. find somebody to fuck."

    I wrote an appreciation of Echoes of Silence for Senses of Cinema's new 1967 dossier: sensesofcinema.com/2017/1967/echoes-of-silence/

  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    Moonlight started on the screen, drifted off it, and then rushed right through me. It's a throbbing, romantic phantom of a movie - its textures, alternately cool and humid, are so sensual that they feel like a thin, prickled skin. Watching becomes an act of touch.

    It's an elemental movie - weather and bodies are always changing, always responding, receiving and projecting their influence onto other climates and bodies. Moonlight's story stretches across decades in three chapters, but finally collapses…

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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,…