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March 2016 Favourites

March has ended and April is now here! I hope you all didn’t get pranked too badly on April Fool’s Day. March was another quiet month over here, but I do assure you that I got a lot of good reading done of some most excellent posts. Please find below a selection of my favourite […]

Under the Skin (2013): “Where are you from?”

Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin (2013) is one of those films that I love re-watching. It’s an unforgettable and unashamedly strange film that will stick in your mind for a very long time. To describe the film’s synopsis using a previous post of mine: It tells the story of a beautiful female alien (Scarlett Johansson) […]

The Piano (1993): “She is a strange creature.”

Directed and written for the screen by the formidable Jane Campion, The Piano (1993) is a New Zealand drama film about a mute piano player and her daughter. Winner of three Oscars (Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Original Screenplay), and nominated for five more, The Piano is a moody and contemplative film with […]

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015): “My world is fire and blood.”

The fourth in the Mad Max franchise, which began with the classic Mad Max in 1979, Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) is directed by the one and only George Miller and is an immediately iconic action film. Its synopsis is as follows: An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark […]

Lost In Translation (2003): “For relaxing times, make it Suntory time.”

Director Sophia Coppola’s second feature film, Lost In Translation (2003) is a story of loneliness, feeling lost, and finding oneself within the context of a foreign ‘other’; whether that is the foreign landscape of Tokyo, or an unknown and unpredictable future. Whilst in Tokyo, jaded movie star, Bob Harris (Bill Murray) is recording an advertisement […]

Chronos (1985): Quick-shot review!

It is my intention to watch all of the famous “time-lapse footage set to music” films. So far, I’ve watched Koyaanisqatsi (1982), but I also need to watch the next two in the Qatsi trilogy, and also Samsara (2011) and Baraka (1992). I love watching this style of film because they are generally relaxing, and […]

Blindspot 2015: Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

This film is a work of art. The title of Koyaanisqatsi (1982, dir. Godfrey Reggio) loosely translates to “a life of moral corruption or turmoil”, “chaotic life”, or “a state of life that calls for another way of living”. If I could provide a general summary of this film at all, it would be that […]

Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014): “I’m trying to do something important.”

The winner of the Best Picture Oscar for 2014, Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014, dir. Alejandro G. Iñárritu) is a satirical drama about creative obsession, the quest for relevance, decaying and reviving relationships, and personal rebirth. Its synopsis is as follows: A washed up actor tries to reclaim his fame on Broadway […]

The Master (2012): “I am a writer, a doctor, a nuclear physicist, a theoretical philosopher, but, above all, I am a man.”

Generally known for its parallels with Scientology, Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master (2012) is a fine film. A story of a wandering and tempestuous man searching for a purpose, The Master follows Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) as he is pulled in by the charm and charisma of the leader of a special group entitled The […]

The Virgin Suicides (1999): “In the end we had pieces of the puzzle, but no matter how we put them together, gaps remained.”

Based on the amazing book by Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides (1999) is director Sofia Coppola’s feature film debut. It tells the story of a group of young men who have become obsessed with the five beautiful Lisbon sisters who present as withdrawn and secretive, with highly complex private lives. The young boys watch as […]