Michael Ewins

Occasional film writer for Sight & Sound, BFI, Dazed & Confused, Media Magazine, Leamington Underground Cinema Journal, and Second Run DVD.

Favorite films

  • U.S. Go Home
  • Toute une nuit
  • Cold Weather
  • Wavelength

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  • Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets

    ★★★★½

  • Police Car

  • Unsane

  • Altiplano

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  • Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets

    Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets

    ★★★★½

    Well, whaddaya know? Someone's still making movies in America.

  • Utøya: July 22

    Utøya: July 22

    The drama begins in media res – Anders Breivik's car bomb has detonated at Regjeringskvartalet in Oslo, and the AUF campers on Utøya are debating its origin (“I just hope it wasn’t a Muslim group”) over waffles. Their argument continues until a faint bang is heard in the middle-distance, and then more bangs, closer, and screaming kids rushing from the woods toward a communal Portakabin. The next 72 minutes simulate Breivik's massacre of the camp in a single take, following…

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  • Death and Transfiguration

    Death and Transfiguration

    ★★★★

    "Why did God make you?"

    In the final scene, the man dies. But it's hard to know, after all these years of violence, repression and misunderstanding, if Robert Tucker was ever truly in this body at all...

  • Madonna and Child

    Madonna and Child

    ★★★★½

    A concentrated expression of the soul's desire; its shackles and its silences.

    File this one alongside Brakhage's I... Dreaming and Akerman's Je, Tu, Il, Elle as the most spiritually and emotionally isolating movies of all time. I probably would have cried all the way through if I weren't also marveling at Davies' rhythmic and compositional skill, and his sensitivity toward space, time, and motion. A total masterpiece.