January 27, 2017No Comments

Eyes Wide Shot, Stanley Kubrick, 1999

This one’s special. 

Eyes Wide Shut is my go-to Christmas movie. It evokes a universe rich in lust, luxury, jealousy and danger, inside the City, thus becoming a deranged personal fantasy of how I wished my life would turn out - a stroll on a line between the good and the bad (but cowardly comfortably, never too good or bad).

Because for all it’s menace, at all times we are safe inside this universe, a feeling that probably comes from the sensation that no bad thing can ever happen to the 1%, that the characters’ naturally belong to. Especially during Christmas. 

This one’s special. The good doctor’s character is sickeningly relatable. 

I started this blog with a post referencing Eyes Wide Shut.

November 25, 2016No Comments

I, Daniel Blake – Ken Loach, 2016

I, Daniel Blake, Palme d’Or 2016. On the far end of the DRY spectre for a social realism drama - as far as the works of the Dardenne brothers might appear as stylised afternoon tearjerkers. Political, follows the story of a middle life working class man interacting with the state system. Political, but un-engaging.  

Rigorous form, deadpan storytelling, very economical, like the steps of an old person, always holding back, never delivering any punch, keeping beats uneventful even in presenting life/death situation. 

All cinematic means are kept to a bare minimum.


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