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  • Blow Out

    Blow Out

    ★★★★★

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

    Rewatched BLOW OUT at the BFI. Fascinating audience: the faint aroma of weed & vodka, and delighted chuckles every time Nancy Allen said something naïve. Biggest laugh came when John Lithgow destroys the evidence and moves in to kill her. “Oh... Jack’s gonna be so mad.”

    Never thought of BLOW OUT as a comedy, but the scenes of Travolta asking a clearly concussed/traumatised Allen out for a drink, then driving her to a motel she suggests where she passes out cold,…

  • Beau Travail

    Beau Travail

    ★★★★½

    Annihilation vs life.
    Or maybe annihilation is life, and embracing them together, collapsing the difference, amounts to transcendence?
    The ritual exercise and the explosion dance mirroring each other. The black shirt and white sands of erasure. The nullifying qat, the trashcan inside. The negation of the past vs the withdrawal into memory. Blank rapture.

    Liked it!

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  • Zama

    Zama

    A crap Buñuel crossed with a 6th-form Marquez, ZAMA is a collosal failure on every conceivable level, and a cautionary tale about the hubristic folly of adapting modernist masterpieces.

    In the mind of its creators ZAMA is doubtless a rich deep postcolonial dreamscape of defamiliarised deconstructed tropes, but in practice it’s just a clumsy mess of misused cliches.

    This should be taught at film school, but not in a good way. There’s more to making a film profound than just…

  • Cam

    Cam

    ★★★★

    Saw two Blumhouse films back to back today: HALLOWEEN (general release) and CAM (LFF⁠ ⁠⁠2018), and CAM was by far the better film.

    Really interesting, unsettling exploration of online personas, addiction, and identity theft. Ominous, subversive and urgent. Benefits from knowing its milieu and what it’s trying to say, and aligning all the writing in support of its core story. Just very well written in general.

    (Reminded me of the (very good) David Tennant Dr Who episode MIDNIGHT, with a malevolent inscrutable force at work, stealing identities).

    Coming soon to Netflix!