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Deconstructing the spectacle, measuring empty calories, offering nutritional insights on films newly released, as well as archival treasures, assessing the state of film culture, exploring new formats & illuminating cinema’s place in society, as well as in our individual psychology.

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Film, the Alchemical Medium

My 2009 PhD proposal, aimed at studying how we are enchanted by film, juxtaposing early film theory, post-Jungian analysis, anthropology of ritual, and the moving image as transformative tool in art therapy, coining the term archetypal enchantment. It serves as basis to my subsequent theoretical approach to cinema.

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Latest Reviews

The Pale Blue Eye

Despite a labyrinth of narrative strands, it is Melling’s Poe that is at the heart of a story, which, at its dark centre, is equally about savage desperation as it is about blind desire. If it kept its early promise of a macabre deep dive into Poe’s literary universe, via an intricate murder mystery, this would have been an outstanding thriller. Still, a riveting watch. ★★★✩✩

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Three Thousand Years Of Longing

An uneven, slightly unhinged piece of classic storytelling, featuring a gloriously deadpan Tilda Swinton as a solitary Scottish narratologist, and an amused Idris Elba as a genie. While it is visually luscious and bursting with (narrative) calories, it does not seem to make up its mind which genre and indeed audience age-group it actually belongs to. ★★★✩✩

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Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Despite Daniel Craig’s fabulous Southern Belle, pastel-coloured play at James Bond, this oddly fragmented whodunit is more pastiche than a sequel — a collage of clever, lovingly shaped skits struggling to join the narrative stream of a single story, albeit with some of the best cameos in the business. Rides the coattails of its stellar predecessor. ★★★✩✩

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Moonage Daydream

Riveting, ravishing, richly sourced and far too long, Brett Morgen’s archival Bowie bonanza is essentially a stream of consciousness story on an era-defining genius’s lasting influence. All vintage footage and fragmented fantasy, it celebrates Bowie’s postmodernist world-view, but in that deference loses sight of the intricacies of its own medium. ★★★✩✩

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Corsage

Set up to be half-fiction, half-fact (and quite a lot of our collective past is just that) – it executes this clever agenda in such a disorientating manner as to never allow the viewer a glimpse into its shift in cognitive gears; ingenious in framing history as an elliptical loop of vanishing hormonal cycles of a seemingly celebrated, essentially dissed renegade queen. ★★★★★

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The Princess

An exquisite backstage look on how a media myth is created. The obsession at its core built through years of diligent coverage. Endless streams of public opinion laid bare, thread by thread. The arc of the conjured fairytale inevitably bending towards darkness. It’s hard to outfox the mass media machine, but this doc might just have managed. ★★★★✩

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Fire Of Love

A poetic, fascinating watch, not only due to its unrivalled archival footage which the doomed lovers, Katia and Maurice Krafft, accumulated in their many years of cutting edge vulcanology – but because this is a film about the enduring unknowability of the origins of a passion – the bittersweet impossibility of capturing the state of love. ★★★★★

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Dune

If it had been an eight minute short, with the electrical Charlotte Rampling, as Reverend Mother Mohiam, pain-testing the blank slate that is Paul Atreides, to gauge his suitability for the job of a Messiah – I would have given it a five-star. However, it is over two hours long, and feels more like a scattered conversation overheard on a long train ride. ★★✩✩✩

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Nightmare Alley

Theatrical to a fault, and gorgeous to look at – a goth Norman Rockwell – yet hermetically sealed to insight that would turn our gaze inward, away from its mesmerising scenery – its characters suffering the same suffocating fate in its dense nocturnal world. In a film noir a lack of inner light is not necessarily detrimental, but lack of chemistry is. ★★★✩✩

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Judas And The Black Messiah

Compensating in visual simplicity and narrative earnestness what it lacks in storytelling flair, it is a meticulously researched endeavour focusing on the ways credible popular movements are corrupted from within, external elements introducing wrongful practices, sapping their righteous energy – destroying the voices which made them. ★★★✩✩

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Adrienne

Its depiction of all the sweetness, minutia, and regret of a life that was in full bloom before it brutally ended is truly chilling and stellar in its rawness and fortitude. Its weakness, sadly, is the overwhelming element of testimonies and therapeutic digressions, which perhaps should have been left for the extras, rather than weaved into the narrative thread, itself. ★★★✩✩

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The Power Of The Dog

Enigmatic, dense, endlessly surprising, requires time to absorb and digest, and in that very quality it exhibits its excellence and extraordinary depth. A poetic, slow-burning, merciless narration on how evil nests in a selfish soul, breaking its humanity, reducing it to a performative shell, seeking to destroy all that is vibrant and good in its midst. ★★★★★

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FILM CULTURE

2001: A Space Odyssey on 70mm. An Interview With A Magician.

There is no one closer to the true enchantment of film than the film projectionist – a craft that is slowly disappearing, as celluloid itself, and should be cherished as cinema treasure. Film, in its essence, is its medium. And the projectionist, therefore, its magician in residence. So consider this an interview with a master.