William Dishon

Swinburne student doing a major in cinema and screen studies and social media. I watch a few to many films.

Favorite films

  • Call Me by Your Name
  • The Birdcage
  • My Own Private Idaho
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

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  • The Haunted Castle

    ★★½

  • Tabu

    ★★★½

  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    ★★★½

  • The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special

    ★★★★

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  • The Haunted Castle

    The Haunted Castle

    ★★½

    Glad I stayed at the cinematheque a little later then usual to watch this, but admittedly found it a little to stilted for my tastes. It's absent in many of the defining qualities associated with Murnau's most accomplished works which made for a slightly underwhelming experience. I wasn't exactly bored, but found it lacking in detail from a visual standpoint. To be fair this was incredibly early in Murnau's career.

  • Tabu

    Tabu

    ★★★½

    Watched this at Melbourne Cinematheque this week in 35mm film which was a great way to experience this for the first time. For Murnau's last film, it's not his strongest but does show a very empathetic quality to exploring unrepresented tales of tragedy with less of the problematic elements you would often see from films of this time. Still beautifully shot with a compelling structure that comes together with an incredibly powerful ending. It would have been interesting to see what Murnau's filmography throughout the 30s and 40s would have looked like if it wasn't for his sudden death.

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  • Poltergeist

    Poltergeist

    ★★★★½

    Hooptober 8.0 | Film #1 |

    Checklist: Tobe Hooper Film 1/1 | Haunted House Film 1/2 | Country 1/6 (US) | Total 1/26 |

    Starting off Hooptober with a gem I hadn't got round to yet, but have been meaning too for years. The scope this film is operating within feels really outstanding for its time, and not in a way that feels bloated or overly ambitious in any way. It establishes this profound supernatural presence disrupting an ordinary suburban…

  • Three Thousand Years of Longing

    Three Thousand Years of Longing

    ★★½

    It's been a huge anticipation of mine to see what George Miller would follow up Fury Road with, although when you direct a film that masterfully crafted, whatever it is will probably seem a little underwhelming in comparison and that is definitely the case here (I can't imagine the general audience responding well to it). I didn't find the exposition heavy approach to storytelling to work at all, which made it difficult to stay engaged with the characters journey. Still…