Richmond_Hill

Richmond_Hill

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“I only came about my cough...” 
[Sunday, Bloody Sunday; 1971]

Favorite films

  • A Warning to the Curious
  • Winter Light
  • A Canterbury Tale
  • Ordet

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  • Gasman

    ★★★

  • My Childhood

    ★★★★

  • Mr. Emmanuel

    ★★★½

  • On Approval

    ★★★½

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  • Gasman

    Gasman

    ★★★

    The kind of highly placed shards that make up much modern short filmmaking, where it’s not style over substance, but a belief the part explain the whole. It doesn’t. Quite. But that’s what it is: a part. 

    As a depiction of a slim moment in a slim situation it has control - and a degree of interesting insinuation - but like too many films uses a wallpapering of pop songs as shorthand for mood and a thinking that artful posing elevates or elucidates the penny plain.

  • My Childhood

    My Childhood

    ★★★★

    Context is most things (instinct the rest). This style of spare filmmaking has been a mode of choice for certain filmmakers for some time now, with life seemingly caught in a permanent blue funk. As to a local progenitor, look to films like this. A workaday appearance for something made in 2021; more startling in 1972. 

    It was easy to identify a BFI Production Board work where poverty row ponderousness didn’t always make a virtue of budgetary and imaginative constraints…

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  • Dirty Harry

    Dirty Harry

    ★★★★½

    Pragmatism in excelsis; JFDI in practise. A film to reach out to for a periodic tonic, not just for the exhilarating thriller that it undoubtedly is, but for a fantasy manifestation of someone just getting things done in the face of everything. Harry Callaghan: everyday avenging Angel? Almost, but not quite.

    In a world where regulation piles upon regulation, a little reactionary kickback like this can calm material frustration, if not tame the bureaucratic beast from whence the rules spewed.…

  • Dracula

    Dracula

    ★½

    Having seen more new BBC television drama over Christmas than I would normally wish to encounter, these programmes tend to coalesce, not just for their seasonal clustering, but for the depressingly similar attitudes and techniques on display. Dracula is perhaps the most egregious example of this gaggle.

    What do you want from a television Dracula, possibly the most adapted piece of fiction in history? Well, given the time and resource lavished here, something that follows the spirit if not the…