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  • Wings of Desire

    Wings of Desire

    ★★★★★

    It’s been a year since I started out on Letterboxd, so I thought I’d mark my anniversary by posting a review of my favourite film. It’s a long review, and personal at times, and contains some spoilers, so there you go - a few excuses for you not to read it! But thanks if any of you other Wings of Desire diehards do wade through it to the end. 

    I recently had the pleasure of chatting about Wings with Dubthrone on…

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey is an open-ended film that allows people to interpret it in different ways that are personal to them. What I saw when I watched it this time was music. Not in a synaesthesia sense of seeing when hearing, but in a structural and thematic sense, as if it were a symphony composed for film. Kubrick was one of the best directors when it came to using music, he seemed to understand it better than…

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  • The Wicker Man

    The Wicker Man

    ★★★★

    What do you call a man with a plank of wood in his head?
    Headwood
    What do you call a man with two planks of wood in his head?
    Headwood Wood
    What do you call a man with three planks of wood in his head?
    Headwood Woodwood
    What do you call a man with four planks of wood in his head?
    I don’t know but Edward Woodward would.

    Edward Woodward plays an uptight, devout policeman from the Scottish mainland who…

  • Four Roads

    Four Roads

    ★★★½

    A sweet, short film that locates a pastoral warmth and sense of community during a period of extreme isolation. Rohrwacher takes an old camera for a waltz along the roads that form the compass from her home in rural Italy. At the end of each road she celebrates the people who live there. A film about living in harmony with your neighbours.

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  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★½

    When I was a teenager I used to delight in playing my LPs backwards and listening out for all those Satanic messages. I bet that if you played Tenet backwards you’d hear the devil mutter something palindromic like “what the fuck the what”

    Now I’m not one to say this film made no sense at all, in fact when the music shut up for long enough that I was able to hear what the characters were actually saying, well, there…

  • Mank

    Mank

    ★★½

    For a film concerning the circumstances of the creation of the extraordinary screenplay of Citizen Kane, Mank unsurprisingly leads from the script. There’s barely a pause for breath without a sharp line being uttered on either side of it. There are countless name drops, and incidental details about the period, but all that stuffing becomes trying after a while. It feels overwritten at the same time as lacking narrative thrust, and it mistakes being in the proximity of interesting things with…