• The Stranger

    The Stranger

    ★★★★★

    "Not speaking makes you part of the crime"

  • Lunch Break

    Lunch Break

    ★★★★½

    "The first camera in the history of cinema was pointed at a factory, but a century later it can be said that film is hardly drawn to the factory and is even repelled by it. Films about work or workers have not become one of the main genres, and the space in front of the factory has remained on the sidelines. Most narrative films take place in that part of life where work has been left behind. Everything which makes…

  • Shutter Island

    Shutter Island

    ★★★★★

    Scorsese places himself in dialogue with Jacques Tourneur and Samuel Fuller, self-consciously drawing on the aesthetics of post-war American noir to explore the roll that genre cinema plays in working through collective trauma. Teddy is a man irrevocably damaged by the atrocities he witnessed during the war, but he is expected to remain silent by a society which would prefer to erase all traces of these horrors (and the U.S. government's complicity in them). An awareness of the mass-scale suffering…

  • Richard Jewell

    Richard Jewell

    ★★★★

    "I fear the government more than I fear terrorism"

  • I Am Belfast

    I Am Belfast

    Genuinely shocked that a project like this was attempted by a filmmaker with such a poor grasp of Irish political history

  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★★

    Scorsese's The Long Gray Line

  • The Dead

    The Dead

    ★★★★★

    It is late last night the dog was speaking of you;
    the snipe was speaking of you in her deep marsh.
    It is you are the lonely bird through the woods;
    and that you may be without a mate until you find me.

    You promised me, and you said a lie to me,
    that you would be before me where the sheep are flocked;
    I gave a whistle and three hundred cries to you,
    and I found nothing there but…

  • In Praise of Love

    In Praise of Love

    ★★★★★

    The history of the resistance vs the resistance of history

  • A King in New York

    A King in New York

    ★★★★★

    "Should the boy freeze to death just because his parents are communists?"

  • Redacted

    Redacted

    ★★★★★

    My free pass into film school

  • Our Music

    Our Music

    ★★★★★

    “As our age has endless destructive force, it now needs a revolution of comparative creative force that reinforces memory, clarifies dreams, and gives substance to images”

  • 3 from Hell

    3 from Hell

    ★★★★½

    “You ever think maybe it’s not worth it?”
    “What?”
    “I don’t know, anything?”

    The faded utopian dreams of the 60s weakly resurfacing in the landscape of Reaganite America, the Firefly family now reduced to an outlier desperately seeking to put into play their perverted version of the counter-cultural lifestyle for as long as they can. The violence of neo-liberalism can only be counteracted by more violence, and so the brutality in this outweighs anything Zombie has put on-screen before. Yet…