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  • A Century of Energy

    A Century of Energy

    ★★★★★

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  • Unfriended

    Unfriended

    ★★★½

    One of the most formally interesting wide genre releases of recent years, but wastes its aesthetic innovations on a completely conventional approach to narrative and characterisation. How great would this experiment be if it was helmed by a more thematically ambitious director?

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  • Film Socialisme

    Film Socialisme

    ★★★★★

    “The socialism of the film is the undermining of the idea of property, beginning with that of artworks"
    - Jean-Luc Godard

    “It’s impossible to dissociate sound from meaning”
    - Roman Jakobson, quoted in Film Socialisme

    In a time when sophisticated image-making technologies can now be carried around in an average person’s pocket, when the image has been democratized, Godard breaks down the traditional hierarchy between amateur and professionally helmed productions. This isn’t to say that Film Socialisme is an ugly…

  • Passion

    Passion

    ★★★★½

    Critiques the current decade’s most popular forms of insubstantial, co-opted image-making with as much precision and spite as Body Double did for those of the 80s. The democratization of the image brought about by the HD camera has rendered the aesthetics of amateur porn, Apple commercials, internet prank videos, and blandly glossy cable dramas more or less interchangeable, and all are so easily available that it robs them of any kind of visceral illicit power they may once have held.…