David Wallace

A collection of my critical essays about great movies.
Thanks for your readership and best wishes!

Favorite films

  • Silent Light
  • La Belle Noiseuse
  • Amadeus
  • Werckmeister Harmonies

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  • The Elephant Man

    ★★★★½

  • Crumb

    ★★★★★

  • The Firemen's Ball

    ★★★★½

  • Whiplash

    ★★★★★

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  • The Elephant Man

    The Elephant Man

    ★★★★½

    On the sixth day God created mankind, but why was he having such a bad day refining his cosmos? Before the homecoming queen picture frame of murdered school girl Laura Palmer rigidly remained counteracting the infected lives of a "Twin Peaks" community supplanted by evil, David Lynch opened (and closed) his version of "The Elephant Man" with a photographic image of the eponymous figure's mother. She had the face of an angel, this son remarks to a listener. He laments…

  • Crumb

    Crumb

    ★★★★★

    Terry Zwigoff's eye-opening account of the Crumb family is one of the bravest nonfiction portraits ever committed to celluloid. Like "The Thin Blue Line," "Hoop Dreams" and "Gates of Heaven" it is a documentary that becomes ever more absorbing on repeated viewings as the hazy backdrop sharpens into focus. In Morris's pictures, once the question of how Dallas County could frame an innocent man becomes known, we look at why they would enact such corruption and the ethics of this…

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  • Stalker

    Stalker

    ★★★★★

    In-the-zone (adjective) : in a mental state of focused concentration on the performance of an activity, in which one dissociates oneself from distracting or irrelevant aspects of one’s own environment.

    The Zone is the destination for these figures, serving as a site of potential promise for those civilians hopelessly dissatisfied with their environment. This abandoned, quarantined venue is fraught with danger and uncertainty; they who have passed into its realm have rarely returned to reveal the secrets of their unique…

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    ‘Man is the only animal which esteems itself rich in proportion to the number and voracity of its parasites.’
    ~ George Bernard Shaw

    Bong Joon-ho's "Parasite" will forever more be known as the first film not in the English-language to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, a noteworthy historical achievement long overdue for global cinema. The multi-faceted nature of the film: it confidently crystallises a variety of artistic genres and tones, appeals to a universal audience - even those…