Favorite films

  • Wings of Desire
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Vertigo
  • Contempt

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  • RER B

    ★★½

  • Hymn to a Tired Man

    ★★★

  • Le Petit Soldat

    ★★★★

  • Himiko

    ★★★

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  • Contempt

    Contempt

    ★★★★★

    George Delerue’s tragic score stabbing over the blood red title Le Mepris. The dolorous reading of the credits as if a speech at a funeral. The long held shot of a young woman idling towards us, her head in a book, tracked by a camera unit. As they approach, our gaze is directed not at the woman but to Raoul Coutard, the cameraman, who pivots his Cinemascope lens around and down to judge us while the voiceover intones a quote…

  • Histoire(s) du cinéma

    Histoire(s) du cinéma

    ★★★★½

    Histoire(s) du Cinéma is a poetic meditation on the brilliant failure of film as art. Jean-Luc Godard’s film is deeply melancholic, celebrating cinema’s intrinsic light, but reflecting mostly on the darkness pouring in from its shared histories with the twentieth century. Godard muses on film’s dream-factory magic as demonstrated by the likes of Jean Vigo and Alfred Hitchcock, but he also accuses it of failing to confront the worst atrocities of our time, and of hiding behind its shallow entertainment…

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  • Le Petit Soldat

    Le Petit Soldat

    ★★★★

    I must confess a little thrill when I realised I was watching Michel Subor as Bruno Forestier, 36 years before his return in Beau Travail. As a younger man he starts off insufferable, in the vein of many of Godard’s male protagonists: a French deserter holding out in Switzerland, loosely affiliated with right wing terrorists, falling in love with a left leaning Anna Karina, in her first Godard appearance. With that set up you’d think sparks might fly, but this…

  • Himiko

    Himiko

    ★★★

    Curated Cupcake Cinema 

    I appreciated many individual aspects of Masahiro Shinoda’s Himiko, with the Butoh sequences particularly standing out, but it’s possible I prefer my mythologies more lyrical and literary and less theatrically bracing, or else maybe my inability to follow much of what was going on is a function of my recently fugitive mind, but whatever the reason, I cared only a little for Shinoda’s evident inventiveness. However, rather than publicly scratching my head until it bleeds I’ll keep my befuddlement…

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  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★½

    When I was a teenager I used to delight in playing my LPs backwards and listening out for all those Satanic messages. I bet that if you played Tenet backwards you’d hear the devil mutter something palindromic like “what the fuck the what”

    Now I’m not one to say this film made no sense at all, in fact when the music shut up for long enough that I was able to hear what the characters were actually saying, well, there…

  • Wings of Desire

    Wings of Desire

    ★★★★★

    I thought I’d mark my first year anniversary on Letterboxd by posting a review of my favourite film. It’s a long review, and personal at times, and contains some spoilers, so there you go - a few excuses for you not to read it! But thanks if any of you other Wings of Desire diehards do manage to make it through it to the end. 

    I recently had the pleasure of chatting about Wings with Dubthrone on his Collokino blog. It…