Lucy is atrocious. In its first fifteen minutes I was on a familiar contact high - finally, some fucking cinema! - as Luc Besson delivered beat after beat (after beat after beat after beat) of gorgeous, liquid imagemaking, the sort of go-for-broke, tell-it-with-moving-pictures filmmaking that hasn’t been seen in these parts since the first half hour of The Lone Ranger. (Best bit? Choi Min-Sik walks into a room, into full close up. His face and glasses are lightly spattered with blood. We hold for a beat to register this - and then, he reaches his hands into frame to remove his glasses, and they are dripping with blood. As villain introductions can go, it’s the best I’ve seen since The Raid.)Read more
"In Boyhood we’re always ‘here now,’ with no moody dissolves or title cards to dog-ear the pages of the book. Thiths is boyhood, and this, I think, is the point."
In which I contemplate being, time, filmmaking, and being in the moment, by way of Richard Linklater’s masterpiece Boyhood. Read more
On Werner Herzog’s Aguirre, The Wrath of God; words by Roger Ebert, video by Kevin B. Lee.
The Hidden Fortress // dir. Akira Kurosawa
Almost everything I ever needed to learn about action cinema was taught to me in this sequence.
Always reblog. This is the rhythm of my life.
Here we are at the end of all things, or at least, the end of 2013; which, according to your personal definitions, may or may not have been a cursed year. It wasn’t a stellar year for moviegoing - my top 9 drops in a few hours, and I’ll probably ruminate further on the year’s serious failings from a cinematic perspective on both Mamo! and Destroy All Monsters - and sifting through the rubble to find the gems became a chore this year more often than not. Every year, the end-of-year race to close all the loops and catch all the potential listmakers starts to feel more and more like completing a term paper on an all-nighter the day it’s due.Read more
Valhalla Rising ; Dir: Nicolas Winding Refn
And whilst on the subject of cinema…
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 ; Dir: Quentin Tarantino