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  • Dead Ringers

    Dead Ringers

    ★★★★★

    1988 Ranking 

    ‘Surely you've heard of inner beauty?’

    Clever, clever...

    ‘If Bev goes down the tubes I’ll go with him’

    Oh clever but you’re breaking my heart...

    ‘Separation can be a terrifying thing’

    David please. How can a central dynamic so twisted and entertainingly morbid, be also so powerful and moving.

  • Inland Empire

    Inland Empire

    ★★★★★

    2006 Ranking 

    David Lynch Ranking 

    Woah there, take it easy on me. So much to take in from this but from the opening frames i was intrigued, and when Grace Zabriskie goes ‘Brutal fucking Murder!’ I knew I was hooked. 

    There were several points where I thought Lynch was really losing me, particularly in the scene with the homeless people, but they all ended up making me feel sense (even if it didn’t ‘make sense’ exactly). The musical choices in…

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  • Last Year at Marienbad

    Last Year at Marienbad

    ★★★★½

    1961 Ranking

    Few films I’ve seen as of late have conjured the Keatsian feeling of ‘is it a vision, or a waking dream?’ This is even more disorienting and dreamlike that Hiroshima Mon Amour on account of its larger scope. Suffice to say I thought it was excellent even though there are long stretches where I felt like I was grasping around in the dark looking for answers, yet at the same time just thoroughly getting absorbed into the viewing experience. 

    Would love to revisit this again sometime. I feel like it could make for fascinating comparisons with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind somehow.

  • Orpheus

    Orpheus

    ★★★★½

    1950 Ranking 

    Adorable, adorable, adorable. I think I'll appreciate this even more on rewatch as I was so taken by its charm and wonders that I didn't even really think too much about how clever it was. It's sinking in now, and really this is one of those films I thoroughly enjoyed for its delightful romance, its fantastic visual splendour and sheer entertainment value, but definitely even more to dig into in how it utilises its source material. Bookmarking this for a more 'intellectual' rewatch.

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  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★★½

    2020 Ranking 

    So I haven't read the source material but I'm even more baffled than I probably would've been, had I done the preparatory reading. Definitely dug it a lot though. It's gets on your nerves in parts with the longwinded dialogue and conversations, but I think that was the intention to make you really feel out of sync, uncomfortable, and disorientated. Some pretty fascinating editing choices to amplify this effect in the dialogue scenes.

    Loved and was perplexed by…

  • The Devil All the Time

    The Devil All the Time

    ★★

    2020 Ranking 

    What a waste of time. I hope they enjoyed making this film because I did not enjoy watching it. Tom Holland has a knack for dramatic heft, if only the story knew what to do with his ostensibly 'lead' character who nevertheless just gets lost in the mess of stories. Characters come in and out with the vaguest of purposes. A potentially tragic death has so little resonance because of just how little dramatic weight is felt by…