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  • Mauvais Sang

    Mauvais Sang

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    My favourite entries on Letterboxd tend to be the ones that engage with the content of the movie, that talk about the specifics of event and character and, explicitly, how they support the message or theme, perhaps combining this with expert knowledge about the canon or the filmmakers concerned. Respect to the many insightful people I follow who do this and more. But that's not me.

    I'll always give the time of day to movies that have a good heart…

  • La Pointe-Courte

    La Pointe-Courte

    There are a lot of film-makers I love for their work. Agnes Varda, who died a few days ago, is one. She is also one of very few whom I love for her personality, for her self, for the way she lived her life — all of which shine through in her work. She inspires me to be more curious about people, and compassionate. I admire her so much. I was very moved by her death.

    I've been wanting to…

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  • Parasite


    Black & white version

    Enjoyed it more the second time round, though I prefer the colour version. When you're not being surprised by the story you can pay more attention to the sweet camera moves, deep focus, use of architecture to enhance the message, and sometimes counter-intuitive use of music. Oh, and Song Kang-ho's reactions to Lee Sun-kyun's reactions to his smell. Sublime.

    Colour version

  • Le Navire Night

    Le Navire Night

    Reminding me of the bit in I’m Thinking of Ending Things where the woman talks about imbuing a landscape with interior feelings, Duras' long hypnotic pans feature many empty, crepuscular cityscapes suffused with unrequited longing.

    The constant, uninflected narration by Duras and Benoît Jacquot bears little or no direct connection to these cityscapes, or to the actors we see getting ready for their roles but never performing them, save for the common idea of a drawn-out prelude to something that…

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  • High-Rise



    Another near-masterpiece from Wheatley, perhaps my favourite UK filmmaker working today, and another entry in the subgenre of dystopic tower block fantasies along with Shivers, Dredd, The Raid, and (I guess) The Towering Inferno. It's an inherently dramatic setting: the tower's monstrous size, the claustrophobic spaces within, the vertical structure providing an obvious metaphor for society or the Freudian psyche. In this one, our hero and the architect also explicitly discuss the block as a metaphor for the body -…

  • Family Romance, LLC

    Family Romance, LLC

    A deliciously disturbing documentary version of Alps (2011). Or a mockumentary. Or fiction pretending to be a documentary. Or feature based on reality. It's so confusing, what is going on here? The subject matter is troubling enough and the layers of illusion and artifice make it much more so. That's all I'll say except that the music, mostly violins and cellos, is lovely and sad and occasionally anxious, and that it's an unusual Herzog in that he stays behind the camera—there is no narration or explanation, we have to figure it out for ourselves or, more likely, be left wondering.