Warning: this post contains significant spoilers and I believe it shouldn’t be read if you have not yet seen Denis Villeneuve’s film Enemy (2013). If you like good movies, especially those that make you think, then you could love it and will at least find it interesting. I promise. Now, trusting that you have watched… Continue reading Revisiting Enemy.
“Now then, Dmitri, you know how we’ve always talked about the possibility of something going wrong with the Bomb…” Mention Peter Sellers as the star of your favourite film and you’d pretty much give the game away. In 1964 the iconic British comedy actor teamed up with Stanley Kubrick for a second time (following 1962’s… Continue reading 1. Dr Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Love the Bomb (1964)
“Memory can change the shape of a room; it can change the color of a car. And memories can be distorted. They’re just an interpretation, they’re not a record, and they’re irrelevant if you have the facts.” Leonard Shelby is as unreliable a narrator as you’re likely to find – mainly because it is not… Continue reading 2. Memento (2000)
“Why do you wear that stupid man suit?” Death. Time travel. Mental health. Religion. The end of the world, communicated with a wry sense of humour. Combine these elements and you have the rough outline of Donnie Darko, a 2001 American independent movie by first-time director Richard Kelly. You could say this film also boasts my… Continue reading 3. Donnie Darko (2001)
“The greatest trick the devil ever pulled, was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” Growing up in the 1990s I realise I may be a little biased, but I consider that decade one of the strongest for American cinema. The Usual Suspects was, for me, the peak of this time. Best known for the two… Continue reading 4. The Usual Suspects (1995)
“Find hungry samurai.” Such is the premise of Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai: a farming village, under threat from bandits, desperately resorts to the unattractive prospect of hiring a group of ‘ronin’ (samurai without a master) to protect them from the next disastrous raid. Unattractive because of the 16th century Japanese class distinctions that Kurosawa intelligently plays… Continue reading 5. Seven Samurai (1954)
“In Heaven, everything is fine. You’ve got your good things. And I’ve got mine.” Eraserhead is a strange film, there’s no doubting that, but despite appearances, it is not a random one. Behind everything it does is some kind of meaning, however obscure it may first seem. As David Lynch’s directorial debut, it also set… Continue reading 6. Eraserhead (1977)