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  • Poor Little Rich Girl

    Poor Little Rich Girl

    ★★★★

    It often seems with Warhol's films that they lack conflict. There are no characters, nor is there any story as such that could be disrupted; and the pretence of an unmediated reality that the film presents us with beguiles us, insomuch as it makes us believe in a performance space where everything simply is as it is. But conflict is always there, even if it is just resigned to the formal level. And so, with this film, Warhol makes it…

  • The Secret Garden

    The Secret Garden

    ★★★★

    I've never had much of an interest in Solomon's work from the small amount I've seen (American Falls and clips from others); but with this one, his processing and repurposing of images, in conjunction with the semblance of a narrative presented through the 'found' film material, marvellously create (what could perhaps be best described as) a field of immanence. The title of the film, The Secret Garden, is a reference to the Hodgson Burnett novel, and Solomon makes use of…

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  • The Revenant

    The Revenant

    At first I thought Iñárritu was simply doing a parody of Malick and Peckinpah. Then I realised that this was meant to be taken seriously.

  • Life, and Nothing More...

    Life, and Nothing More...

    ★★★★★

    Film begins with DW Griffith and ends with Abbas Kiarostami. 
    - Jean-Luc Godard


    I never really understood that quote until I watched this film.