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  • Camera Natura

    Camera Natura

    ★★★★

    Playful and poetic montage about the history of how colonial Australians view themselves through images, the second half features clips from various films, but the way it is all cut together, it takes on new meanings and emotions. The ending credits juxtaposing tv commericials with vistas of the Aussie outback is playfully scathing.

    Viewed on Kanopy Australia. You can rent the film on Vimeo through Ronin Films: vimeo.com/ondemand/cameranatura


    The ending song - "Buried Country" by Tactics:
    youtu.be/zSTuUKWCmww

  • My Life Without Steve

    My Life Without Steve

    ★★★★

    A great little gem that fully utilises it's single location and absence of people in the frame to tell the story of heartbreak over a failed romance. The narrative takes the form of an filmed essay, using a nuanced voiceover by Lottie Lyell to tell the story of her relationship with Steve, as well as their friends, and her family whe also has a falling out with. Reading from letters she has written and received, as well as quoting songs…

  • Transpecos

    Transpecos

    ★★★½

    This is called "Three West" in Australia. The runtime is 82 minutes, don't know if my version is missing anything.

    Good watch for those that want a "Breaking Bad" or "Sicario" fix. The director knows how really make the most of a small cast and isolated lpcations. Very well shot and acted, the story peters off towards the end, but does not out stay its welcome.

  • Winter Light

    Winter Light

    ★★★★

    Güd is dëäđ

  • Night Is Short, Walk on Girl

    Night Is Short, Walk on Girl

    ★★★½

    Not as great as "The Tatami Galaxy", still a fun movie. All the rampant plot threads comes together in the end, but it takes a while to get past the meandering first chapter. The romance is set over one night, so it has a lot of coincidences and cheap dramatics to do with falling in love at first sight (they even make fun of this by having scenes of amateur theatre run throught the story). Still there is a lot…

  • Escape Room

    Escape Room

    ★★★

    A good piece of escapism

  • Noroît

    Noroît

    ★★★★

    One of the more obscure films I have seen in a while (only 800 views on LB).


    "Noroît (Une vengeance)" is an experimental pirate revenge film directed by Jacques Rivette. For me, it is far more watchable than the director's "Duelle" (also 1976) thanks to the fascinating choreography led storytelling which is accompanied by live chamber music performances. The style of the film is part way between ballet and theatre, including completely inexplicable scenes where two characters recite monologues in…

  • Twin Peaks: The Return

    Twin Peaks: The Return

    A show to re-watch and appreciate over and over. Lynch and Frost's attention to detail in each scene is fantastic, and the way each character is used in the story never feels like a phone in cash grab that repeats the formula of the original tv show. It's dark, funny, and moving, while being both experimental and accessable. The long takes without much dialogue might put some viewers off, but if you appreciate great acting and cinematography, then you will…

  • The Story of Film: An Odyssey

    The Story of Film: An Odyssey

    I have hit my 2000th film milestone after logging films since 2007 (I originally was a member of imdb, but joined Letterboxd in 2016 and have since deleted my old account).

    My first film: Strike (1925)
    My latest film: The Mule (2018)

    Best fan edits I have seen:
    Dune (1984) Alternative Edition Redux fanedit by spicediver
    youtu.be/MK5eoV93oyg


    The Thief and the Cobbler (1993) Recobbled Cut by Garrett Gilchrist
    youtu.be/QPSNMz9vM90


    Meteopolis Redux (1927/1986) Gilchrist Anderson restoration of Giorgio Moroder cut of…

  • Abel Gance: The Charm of Dynamite

    Abel Gance: The Charm of Dynamite

    ★★★½

    Came with the BFI release of "Napoleon". The highlight is all the behind the scenes footage of the silent epic, especially when Abel Gance is shooting at the actors' feet for one scene (hopefully they were blanks). The film does spoil the plot of "La Roue", so I just ignored watching that segment.

  • As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty

    As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty

    ★½

    As I was watching, occasionally I saw flashes of improvised inspiration from Jonas Mekas's 4.5 hour home movie assemblage, but I grew more and more tired, and ultimately fed up with his gimmicky and sentimental shtick.

    Seriously, this movie is three and half hours too long. You can watch the extended "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" for nearly the same amount of time and get much more satisfaction from a movie. It has hobbits, orcs, Gollum, three…

  • Lemonade

    Lemonade

    ★★★

    My first visual album since Kayne West's MBDTF. Just like that one, I think I would rather listen to the album than sit through the whole thing again. The 12 music videos remind me too much of "Tree of Life" mixed with home video footage and lots of costume changes. I liked seeing videos for the singles that I've heard before on the radio, but even at 65 minutes it feels overlong.