• Wishing Apple

    Wishing Apple

    best two minutes I’ve ever spent

  • Imagine: John Lennon

    Imagine: John Lennon

    basically agree with everything said here. a documentary fitting to John’s character; a little chaotic but very pensive and bittersweet.

  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    third watch; still mental. pretty sure this is the first time I've ever seen the same film three times in one year, and we're only in march. for some reason I've always believed rewatching films over and over again to be inefficient and insular, (surely new experiences > familiar experiences?) but I'm slowly changing my mind on that. i mean this is the person who has basically exclusively listened to the beatles for entirety of 2021, so idrk. the film is insane, the combination of hunter s. thompson's wizardry and gilliam's lunacy makes for a preposterous, psychedelic nightmare. this is the sixth reich.

  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    actually the longest film I've ever watched in one sitting, take that a brighter summer day. works less as a film and more as a spectacular artefact of popular culture. it’s obviously ridiculous, but if you’re able to accept the snyderisms, it’s pretty fun. people on both sides definitely take this stuff way too seriously. it’s kinda like baahubali but not as good.

  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    second of a late-night double-bill, along with The Master.

    Paul Thomas Anderson makes films about The American Dream, and before 2007, the characters who roamed his stories were human. however here, the shy aspiring pornstar becomes the power hungry oilman, hellbent on ravaging American earth and conning God in the process. there are things I would change, most notably the wholly unnecessary and distracting year intertitles. and am I the only one who would find the ending far more powerful…

  • The Master

    The Master

    first of a late-night double-bill, along with There Will Be Blood.

    The Master remains a puzzle I don't believe I will ever solve. it's a distorted cinematic enigma, an anomaly, a trick on the wall that disappears just as sudden as it arrives. my fourth viewing of this film came at a time of reminiscence for me - an uncharacteristic desire to return to films I consistently champion among peers (and myself) yet have not revisited in a rather tumultuous…

  • The Holy Mountain

    The Holy Mountain

    peak cinematic psychedelia. as weird and as mesmerising as they come.

  • Enemy

    Enemy

    this is a tight-90 psychological thriller featuring a strong central performance and sudden narrative twists into the surreal. avoiding the huge Richard Ayoade shaped elephant in the room, it’s an interesting watch despite the infuriating colour grading.

  • Apocalypse Now

    Apocalypse Now

    I'm shocked to see this is only my fourth viewing, and only my third of the theatrical cut. (the best version, by the way). Apocalypse Now is a film I would feel weird talking too in depth about, in case the ethereal and mysterious relationship I have with it begins to materialize in my mind and lose some of its magic and enigma. I would prefer to let it simply wash over me, time and time again, remaining an indescribable…

  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    Judas and the Black Messiah

    *features the greatest shot-reverse-shot I've ever seen. this is literally lightning in a bottle. lost for words.

  • Princess Mononoke

    Princess Mononoke

    my immediate thoughts is that Princess Mononoke - a film I have literally had top of my watchlist for five years - is utterly beautiful and pure, in an elegance only Studio Ghibli could ever capture. the absolute soul, passion and creativity of a single film ‘crew’ has never been more on evidently on display than right here. Miyazaki is an incredible human being, and also happens to be a genius. his team aren’t bad either. this reminded me of…

  • Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance

    Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance

    aw man, there’s some gorgeously psychedelic visuals here, but I can’t help wonder why these films were made when the original series and the exceptional End of Evangelion were so great. also Asuka is so underused here which is such a shame. still, some pretty spellbinding scenes and a thumping score.