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  • Blinded by the Light

    Blinded by the Light


    "The poets down here don’t write nothing at all, they just stand back and let it all be..."

    Viveik Kalra is Javed, bouncing from scene to scene. A poet, but no singer. Though he has the courage to serenade publicly. Desiring connection, but yearning to satisfy an independent streak. Dreaming of the wide open world. "Is a dream a lie, if it don't come true, or is it something worse?", he quotes. Blinded by the Light confers new meaning on…

  • The American Friend

    The American Friend


    I love how The American Friend plays with light and colour; almost everything drab, murky, dank, wet, sick, dusty, cold. Everything is cold. Almost. Quite consequently, there's the 'wrong' blue, the red Beetle, a red coat, the relief and brief release of a funfair, a flashing Polaroid, a Wurlitzer jukebox, a hopeful sunrise. And the most colourful thing of all: Dennis Hopper yelling about being "confused". Bruno Ganz slopes and jolts his way through the drab streets and cold workshops,…

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  • Enemy of the State

    Enemy of the State


    There's nothing like an anti-surveillance state, conspiracy thriller to lift my mood.

    Enemy of the State, which is one of the first 'grown up' films I remember seeing, should be credited with sparking my <s>paranoia</s> reasonable, logically-founded fears and concerns. An introduction to mature awareness of potential for abuse of state power. I used to fantasise about having to destroy all traces of my life, disappear, go underground, because of an errant phone call.

    It's tremendous fun. Tony Scott's pacing…

  • The Binding

    The Binding


    I would have liked to have been enveloped by the atmosphere at the beginning. It all felt quite rushed; patience in the direction and editing would have gone a long way. Conversely, the latter half would have benefitted from a purposeful, pulsing rhythm. I did not find myself... bound to Il legame.

    I watched an English language dub.