Daniel Strathdee

20 ● he/him ● infj

I love films more than I love myself

Favorite films

  • Under the Skin
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • 2046
  • Burning

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  • Zero for Conduct

    ★★★

  • Greener Grass

    ★★★

  • Terrorizers

    ★★★★

  • Chungking Express

    ★★★

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  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

    ★★★★★

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

    With Under The Skin, Johnathan Glazer has created a film that’s just as alienating as its protagonist. One that is as hypnotising as it is tedious, as intriguing as it is dull, as seductive as it is sterile. It’s a film of two sides that displays the wonders, struggles and extremes of the human experience. It’s by contrasting moments of discovery, desire and self-realisation with loneliness, isolation and coldness that makes it such an unforgettable experience.

    The plot, a story…

  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

    A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

    ★★★★

    Ana Lily Amirpour's A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night defies easy understanding. Not because it is excessively complex but because it seems to actively avoid narrative convention and structure, for a free-flowing form of images and sound. Employing resplendent black and white cinematography, dream-like visuals and minimal dialogue, the film wants the viewer to feel just as confounded and lost as its characters do within their desolate, decrepit world. But it's in this derelict and bleak landscape that the…

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  • Zero for Conduct

    Zero for Conduct

    ★★★

    A brisk 40-minute feature/short which feels a little too thinly strewn to be truly engaging and substantial. It's clear to see the influence that this had on the likes of François Truffaut's The 400 Blows, and while some of the editing techniques and camera work here were clearly ahead of their time, too often the film's characters fall into the level of caricature and the frequently frenetic editing makes what is already an incredibly short film feel rushed. That pillow fight scene really is great though.

  • Greener Grass

    Greener Grass

    ★★★

    Maybe if I had never seen an SNL skit or had never watched a single piece of absurdist media before I would have found this hilarious, but as it stands, this tepid critique of suburbia is just about as incisive as the suburban pleasantries it depicts. This is a film made for people who've never actually watched a surrealist film and who would rather just watch something which pays lip service to the notion of being weird. Credit where credit's…

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  • (500) Days of Summer

    (500) Days of Summer

    ★★½

    "I'm Autumn"

    Oh fuck off

  • As Tears Go By

    As Tears Go By

    ★★★½

    It's an immense testimony to Wong Kar-Wai's abilities as a director that he is able to make so much of a relatively uninteresting screenplay and create an entrancing world from so little material. He mines just about every dramatic moment here and sporadically imbues it with the lush flair and style that would later become his trademark. The 80s aesthetic is genuinely gorgeous, with the Hong Kong night-scapes coming to life in resplendent neon and entrancing artificiality. Even if the characters here feel a little too familiar, Wong's own style is more than enough to make this a worthwhile watch.