2017 in Sight and Sound

Films Favourite Pictures 20. - Félicité (dir. Alain Gomis) The particularity and singularity of poverty, the suffering it magnifies, and the love it contorts. Gomis fashions the determination of movement and the need of stillness with remarkable power. 19. - John Wick 2 (dir. Chad Stahelski) Written about this one elsewhere, but as it ranks… Continue reading 2017 in Sight and Sound


Carol (2015, dir. Todd Haynes)

From its opening shot Carol declares the world a prison, a place of constriction and immobility. The incapacity to move or the experience of obstacles in one’s way, delimiting the capacity to become mobile, underline the film; with the ideas expressed consistently in the blocking and framing of the characters in relation to the environments that they… Continue reading Carol (2015, dir. Todd Haynes)

2016 in Cinema

I offer below a rundown of my top 20 favourite films of the year just past. I have compiled elsewhere a full, ranked list of pretty much every 2016 feature I have seen. The ranking both there and here is somewhat provisional, until it comes to the top 5 or so; at which point it becomes… Continue reading 2016 in Cinema



The news is in, and it's conclusive: INTERSTELLAR is a mess. Overstuffed, overcooked, overlong, and under-thought. Nothing is to be gained from the experience because there's nothing there. It's an excuse for a story, made in defense of Nolan's trying to create visualisations that will woo viewers into placing him among greats like Kubrick and… Continue reading Against INTERSTELLAR


Guardians of the Galaxy: A Joy in Destroying

Rocket: “Oh, that’s for the really hardcore stuff—like blowing up moons.” Gamora: “No one is blowing up moons.” Rocket: “You just want to suck the joy out of everything.” Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel’s latest installment in its cinematic universe, was released this past Friday to rave reviews and massive box office records ($90 million… Continue reading Guardians of the Galaxy: A Joy in Destroying


When in Hong Kong…: A List

Be sure to watch a lot of movies and TV shows, because actually doing stuff and seeing things isn't worth your time. Well, I, at least, didn't have the physical or emotional energy to bother on my latest jaunt. Instead, I watched the following: Films Blade Blade II I'm Still Here Déjà Vu Horrible Bosses… Continue reading When in Hong Kong…: A List


The Lone Ranger: A (Political-cum-Materialist) Review

The Lone Ranger has to be the least cathartic, borderline morbid, and yet, simultaneously, the most mature and challenging film Disney has produced in years—not to mention the best film I have seen, thus far, this summer. It's a film that is hard to enjoy, and rightly so. It presents the viewer with thematic content… Continue reading The Lone Ranger: A (Political-cum-Materialist) Review