Michael Stringer

I just want my life to be narrated through Guy Maddin intertitles

Favorite films

  • Videodrome
  • Last Year at Marienbad
  • Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One
  • Caché

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  • Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

  • Spiderhead

  • The Contractor

  • Crimes of the Future

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  • Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

    Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

    Feels like a David Lean movie consistently ruptured by intrusive thoughts, until conscious and subconscious are indistinguishable. Takeshi and Bowie both give great performances in very different registers, adding to the film’s otherworldly tensions, and the colours are just exquisite.

  • Spiderhead

    Spiderhead

    A little frustrating to watch a movie about new forms of emotional manipulation that refuses to reflect on its own forms emotional manipulation, but I guess that’s asking too much of a Netflix movie. The one interesting thing in here was seeing a bunch of prison inmates willing to lead a revolt so they can stay in prison, rather than escape, but even that was incidental.

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  • Atlantics

    Atlantics

    Diop moves so effortlessly through her liminal world that it leaves you stunned. Her opening images are covered in a cool sheen - misty ocean waves, floating curtains, light projections, smoky hazes - all to create a space between countries, between languages, and between realities. It’s a place where reflections hold more truth than what they reflect, and the dead burn their way back to life. This is how you fuse politics with plot, and this is how you play with genre. Spectacular!

  • Black Tide

    Black Tide

    For better or for worse, Vincent Cassel takes another step towards becoming the Nicholas Cage of France.