The Long Take: The Career of…Paul Thomas Anderson (1970 – present)

This is a new editorial series I am starting. Essentially, I choose a filmmaker and watch all of his or her films, and then review each of them. Once I have completed their filmography, I will write a piece, ranking their films and doing a general overview of their strengths and weaknesses as filmmakers, looking…

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

I have been writing reviews for this blog for a few years now. One thing I have always believed is that no film should go unreviewed. Every single film I watch will be reviewed, regardless of how good or bad it is. It is a logical rule, and a principle that has never really bothered…

The LEGO Batman Movie (2017)

Cinephiles sometimes have a keen instinct for films, with the ability to tell what will be good, and what will be a disaster. However, sometimes one can be wrong, and sometimes it is so liberating to have your expectations exceeded. In 2013, when I heard there was a movie based on LEGO being produced, much…

Dogtooth (2009)

It takes quite a bit for a film to scare me. Once you have seen (or rather, survived) some of the most brutal horror movies ever made, very little can be done in the way of outright terrifying you. It is then a truly bizarre feeling when you are left horrified by a film that…

Fargo (1996)

“Aw jeez, this is a great film, yah” is exactly how I’d expect the characters in Fargo to react to the film. I have seen this film a few times over the years, and I revisited it recently as a response to my adoration of the TV show that bears the same time and the…

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)

Cinema has the ability to do two things, amongst others – the first is to serve as a reflection of the period and society that it takes place in, and the second is to attempt to change hearts and minds about a certain issue. There have certainly been very many films that go beyond the…

Magnolia (1999)

I truly believe that 1999 was one of the best years in cinema history. In that one year, we saw a plethora of talents, new and veteran, making films that made 1999 one of the most extraordinary periods for cinema – we had David Fincher creating the iconic Fight Club, M. Night Shyamalan breaking through…

Endless Poetry (2017)

There is a moment in Endless Poetry (Spanish: Poesía sin fin) where Pequeñita (Julia Avendaño), one of the main characters’ girlfriends with dwarfism, encounters someone equally in stature to her – the stranger simply says “You are small. I am small. Together we can grow” – this is one of the most touching moments I…

Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005)

I am a student of literature, and one more than anything else, one movement I adore about all others is Postmodernism. However, one cannot be a lover of Postmodernism without knowing that there was one book, as Steve Coogan in this film puts it, that was a Postmodern novel before there was any Modern texts…

Eraserhead (1977)

One cannot think of “strange” cinema without thinking of David Lynch. While I wouldn’t say that Lynch created the surrealist genre, rather inheriting it from the likes of Luis Buñuel and Alejandro Jodorowsky, he certainly did popularize it and put his own unique spin on it that gave us the defining look that we now…

Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

I am not quite sure what to think of this film. On one hand, Lars and the Real Girl is a highly original film with a gentle soul and a positive message. On the other hand, it is often frustratingly absurd and illogical. It is a film that is both pleasant and uncomfortable, and it…

Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)

Could Monty Python’s Life of Brian be the funniest film ever made? I absolutely think so. I have mentioned it previously, but the Monty Python troupe have always been personal heroes of mine, ranging from my early days when my father showed me sketches from Monty Python’s Flying Circus. I was captivated by the absurdity,…