Favorite films

  • Wings of Desire
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Vertigo

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  • The Chorus

    ★★★★

  • Orderly or Disorderly

    ★★★½

  • Shirin

    ★★★★

  • Solution No. 1

    ★★★½

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  • Wings of Desire

    Wings of Desire

    ★★★★★

    I thought I’d mark my first year anniversary on Letterboxd 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 manage to make it through it to the end. 

    I recently had the pleasure of chatting about Wings with Dubthrone on his Collokino blog. It…

  • Vertigo

    Vertigo

    ★★★★★

    To mark my 1,000th review I figured I’d tackle one of my favourite films. I don’t have anything to say that hasn’t already been said many times by many others, but I do want to try to convey how Hitchcock’s Vertigo makes me feel and why I like it so much. 
     
    I’m not usually one to bother with spoiler alerts for old films, particularly ones like this that are so widely known, but if by chance you don’t know…

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  • The Chorus

    The Chorus

    ★★★★

    A delightful short film about an old man who’s hard of hearing. It’s beautifully shot with a diffused glow and saturated colours. Kiarostami uses sound very well to shift us between the inner peace of his deafness and the cacophony of Tehran. There’s humour in the man’s pleasure at being able to nullify the noise, but there’s pathos too in the beautiful things he will never hear properly again. The film builds dramatically to a gorgeous climax, when having accidentally locked…

  • Orderly or Disorderly

    Orderly or Disorderly

    ★★★½

    Shots repeated to contrast scenes of order and disorder. Kids leaving a classroom in single file, and then the scene repeats with the kids flooding out of the room, pushing and screaming. Then we move to a school of boys patiently taking it in turns to drink from a water fountain, contrasted with the same boys fighting each other to get there first, with the result that everyone remains thirsty in the dusty chaos. 

    Kiarostami’s short film poses as an…

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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…

  • 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…