"The only way police can neutralise bomb-dogs is to spray them with a resin coating which hardens instantly to contain any explosion. The inside of the bomb-dog is obviously destroyed, but the outside stays the same shape. However, if the underside is not covered, a highly directional blast launches the animal vertically to a height of over a thousand feet."
Just cracking into the Indicator box set from this year about ultra-obscure but prolific British DIY filmmaker Michael J Murphy. Not sure what to make of the first few items, mostly unfinished films with titles indicating he burned some of the early material, or it only exits now as camcorder footage off the TV from the 80s. And what is here is unfinished, compromised, broken, marked up, failing footage. All of which, it has to be said, adds rather than…
Last year, The Master danced to Boney-M’s “Ra Ra Rasputine (lover of the Russian queen!)” this year The Toymaker turns dudes into balls while lip-syncing “Spice Up Your Life (every boy and every girl!!)” Good times, I’ll take one of those a year.
This was an absolute knockout, RTD, well done my friend. All the wild fan theories about why 14 had that face, and in the end it was very simple: this Doctor needs therapy, and he needs to…
I think I'm supposed to hate movies like this, the drifty after college middle class angst movies, but I just don't. I've never seen Garden State, about which I am reasonably proud, but I do love The Graduate, I really liked Greenberg (the ultimate graduate), and I loved Tiny Furniture. I'm sure, if viewed from a certain angle, this could seem like an indie-gazing navel fest, but something in Lena Dunham's delivery of the scenario, her character, the mopey realism, really charmed me. I simply enjoyed this movie and I want to see her make more of them.
This movie is deeply unpleasant and unsettling. It's actually a dreadful, awful experience being in its company throughout its running time. It is also one of the best films I have ever seen. Unlike Memento, to which it could clearly be compared in terms of structure, there is an actual point to the storytelling trickery, that of peeling back the layers from revenge to crime to peace. It's a fascinating way to get to know a set of characters, and…