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  • Millennium Actress

    Millennium Actress


    I hate ageing. I hate the feeling that there are moments in my life I will never revisit, that there are people in my life I will never meet again. Even though I know logically that my life is good and fulfilling with lots of exciting opportunities ahead of me, I can send myself into depressive spirals looking at old photographs and wishing I could live in that experience again.

    By contrast, cinema is remembrance. It is constructed memory writ…

  • Memories of Murder

    Memories of Murder


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Each time I watch this film, I'm never really prepared for its gut punch ending, directed with thought that the killer of the (as of then) unresolved murders may be sitting in the audience, watching this film.

    That the real-life serial killer has now been identified does nothing to lessen the impact of the film. If anything, it increases Memories of Murder's value as a cultural artefact - it is just as much a story about a country reckoning with itself in a new era of democratisation, as it is an elevated crime thriller. What an incredible film.

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  • First Love

    First Love


    Cannes Q&A interview

    Q: "Lots of movies are called First Love, why did you choose that name?"

    Miike: "To make money"

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse


    "The bar is accuracy" - Eggers at Cannes Q&A

    Holy fuck. This movie is a technical masterpiece. The sheer level of craft in its black and white cinematography, sound design, dialogue and physical performances is unbelievable. I don't think I've seen a modern film that's so effective at throwing its audience into an authentic time and place through the use of things like a square aspect ratio, without coming across as a gimmick or pastiche.

    Going to be nigh on impossible for anything else in Cannes this year to top this.

    P.S. in the Q&A Willem Dafoe neither confirmed nor denied that the farting was real