Electric Sheep

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Rating Title/Year Author
Tonite Let's All Make Love in London (1967) Mark Stafford Tonite is a definite case of the right filmmaker at the right time. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2018
OK Connery (Operation Kid Brother) (Secret Agent 00) (Operation Double 007) (1967) Kim Newman ... O.K. Connery is a hoot... EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2017
The Shout (1978) Paul Huckerby It undoubtedly succeeds in creating a disturbing and quite genuinely creepy world. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2017
Raging Sharks (2005) Kim Newman Abyss-type soap-opera scientists alternate shouting at each other with heartfelt character dollops about children or hobbies which are supposed to make us upset when they die. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2017
A Page of Madness (1926) Pierre Kapitaniak ... [director Teinosuke] Kinugasa's technical and artistic mastery is enough to make A Page of Madness a masterpiece of Japanese and, for that matter, world avant-garde cinema... EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2017
The Neon Demon (2016) Pamela Jahn If anything, Refn has created an aesthetic experience, a hollow, surface-level satire that is pretty to look at, but little else. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2017
Gimme Danger (2016) Pamela Jahn Witty, loving and fuelled by some of the finest rock n' roll music, Gimme Danger is unashamedly nostalgic, yet it also makes you leave the cinema with a lump in your throat that there's just no one quite like the young Iggy in music anymore. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2017
Goksung (2016) Pamela Jahn ... although overlong and not without flaws, there is enough in The Wailing to warrant a viewing, and the subtle force of the film confirms Na Hong-jin's reputation as a director to be reckoned with. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2017
Hell or High Water (2016) Pamela Jahn Labelled as a modern-day western, it might not bring anything new to the genre, but it's smart and ferocious and highly entertaining. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2017
Personal Shopper (2016) Pamela Jahn ... ultimately here most of his stylistic choices fall flat, while the decision to capture the spirits in the form of smoky shadows simply feels lazy and unconvincing. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2017
Paterson (2016) Pamela Jahn ... Jarmusch's genius lies in capturing precisely the small moments and fine details that make life so special, no matter how trivial, or crazy, things may seem. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2017
Loving (2016) Pamela Jahn Loving is as good as a drama can be, but for everyone who admires the director's earlier films, it might be a disappointment. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2017
Ah-ga-ssi (2016) Pamela Jahn The plot is deliciously twisted, while perceptions and truths are consistently challenged. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2017
Toni Erdmann (2016) Pamela Jahn Toni Erdmann is that rare thing: a film that makes you laugh and cry, wince and twist in your seat all at once. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
The Lobster (2015) Pamela Jahn While the first half is full of flavour, the second is unappetisingly bland. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
In the Basement (2014) Pamela Jahn To some extent, In the Basement is crafted in the same way that John Waters created Shock Value, an often fascinating, frequently creepy, unashamedly funny compilation of oddities and curiosities that are occasionally hard to digest. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
The Harvest (2013) Pamela Jahn A slow-burn that stubbornly follows its own path, it is an impressively mature and weighty return to cinema for John McNaughton. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
The Congress (2013) Pamela Jahn The film is a fiercely original, bold and riveting meditation on the future of the silver screen and the stars that make it shine. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
Maps to the Stars (2014) Pamela Jahn ... as fitting, seductive and gruesome as it is, Maps to the Stars somewhat feels at odds with the director's insistence that the film is anything but a satirical apocalypse. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
We Still Kill the Old Way (1967) Pamela Jahn ... it's impossible to resist and hard to shake off even long after you step out of his unsettling, expressive world. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
The Rover (2014) Pamela Jahn ... the film still manages to maintain a fierce tension despite the flaws in its fractured plot and characterisation. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
Go, Go Second Time Virgin (1969) Pamela Jahn ... the film's eerie tone and fractured approach to characterisation... provide the story with an intangibly lingering power and a seductive sense of mystery that sticks with you much longer than for the film's barely hour-long running time. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
Asyl: Park and Love Hotel (2007) Pamela Jahn After all, Asyl demonstrates that it is still possible to craft an affecting, unpretentious and quietly entertaining film outside the framework of the pop genre. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
Breathless (2009) Pamela Jahn Breathless is a lot more than a film about domestic violence in South Korea: it is no issue movie, but a profoundly singular, devastatingly powerful, intensely personal vision... EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
Chiko (2008) Pamela Jahn ... its uneven blend of social criticism, domestic drama and gangster tragedy illustrates just how difficult it is to capture that distinctive Scarface quality. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
Tony Manero (2008) Pamela Jahn Superbly paced, deftly acted and pervaded with satirical wit, Tony Manero is full of a dangerous, manic energy that comes directly from its main character, a man capable of dazzling gestures and a remarkable self-control in spite of his confusion. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
Just Another Love Story (2007) Pamela Jahn The film's emotional power comes from its double investigation of love and identity, falseness and authenticity. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
White Lightnin' (2009) Pamela Jahn Merging real-life events and unbridled fiction, writers (and co-producers) Shane Smith and Eddy Moretti have crafted a bold, nightmarish tale of Southern darkness... EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
Katalin Varga (2009) Pamela Jahn ... Katalin Varga often hits a note of genuine otherworldliness, and the power of this slow-burning, nightmarish tale is utterly compelling... EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
The White Ribbon (2009) Pamela Jahn But along with a finely crafted screenplay, the film's truly brilliant touch, and what makes this nightmarish fable all the more effective and original, is its stunning black and white photography. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
Better Things (2008) Pamela Jahn Although the film is flawed... it offers a powerful evocation of the desperate, tongue-tied helplessness that sets its various characters in motion, and which, in the film's riveting moments, echoes uneasily in the mind. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
Three Monkeys (2008) Pamela Jahn Three Monkeys is not without certain melodramatic flaws, but they are absorbed by the film's stylistic plausibility, by the way the framing and the stunning use of digital photography creates its own sort of psychological reality. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008) Pamela Jahn In the end, however expansive, action-packed and powerfully shot The Baader-Meinhof Complex undoubtedly is, it remains a disturbing hybrid that leaves the viewer jaded, bizarrely perplex and ultimately unsatisfied. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
Patti Smith: Dream of Life (2008) Pamela Jahn The enormously influential punk rock poet, her music and poetry, and the times in which she flourished are indeed best served by a cinematic style that remains determinedly impressionistic. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
Heavy Metal in Baghdad (2007) Pamela Jahn Eddy Moretti and Suroosh Alvi's powerful yet soft-centred documentary about the Iraqi metal band Acrassicauda creates a fascinating portrait of life in Iraq as seen through the eyes of young metal-heads... EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
Ben X (2007) Pamela Jahn The ambitious themes are treated with great sensitivity and imaginative power in a tale that is both touching and beguiling, pushing beyond the form and frame of conventional feature-length fiction. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
Savage Grace (2007) Pamela Jahn A spellbinding tale of luxury, incest, madness and matricide... EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
Puffball (2007) Pamela Jahn A lacklustre mishmash of voodoo humbug, pregnancy and domestic frustrations, set in a grey, desolate community in the Irish countryside, Puffball is carelessly plotted, haphazardly stringing together obscure scenes and all-too-obvious hints. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
Spider Lilies (2007) Pamela Jahn Although it is explicitly about the tentative romance between two young women, Spider Lilies touches upon the polarities that underlie all human relationships: honesty and dishonesty, trust and distrust, concession and repression. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
Zizek! (2005) Pamela Jahn Watching this fresh, brief and enjoyable documentary on DVD is brilliantly stimulating and prompts one to think further about Slavoj iek's original, politically incorrect and ultimately vital analysis of society. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
The Go Master (2006) Pamela Jahn ... an elegant biopic with sufficient psychological complexity to draw audiences deeply into the characters' lives. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
Water Lilies (2007) Pamela Jahn With little dialogue it is an intense film that, one feels, deeply reflects the director's personal experience. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
A Quiet Place in the Country (1970) Pamela Jahn Blending sex, love, madness, identity crisis, alienation, death, art, consumerism and social commentary in a hypnotic, dazzling visual swirl of bold colours, powerful emotions and artistic expression, it is a feast of experimental visual imagery... EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2017
Black Lizard (1968) Virginie Sélavy The fluid sexual identity of Black Lizard is part of a world where nothing is as it seems, a world of permanent illusion, sleight of hand and make-believe. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2017
Haruneko (2016) James B Evans I applaud the vision and courage of Sora for approaching his story in this way - we certainly could do with more of that in young filmmakers - and would, nonetheless, recommend seeing for yourself this quirky, somewhat surreal oddity. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2017
Visions (2015) Kim Newman John de Lancie is pretty much wasted in a red-herring bit, while Cassidy's diva turn is miscalculated enough to derail the movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2017
The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) Jim Harper As successful as [its] elements are, they would be considerably less effective without such excellent central performances. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2017
The Lazarus Effect (2015) Kim Newman A decent, well-made, small-scale genre film with a great cast of on-the-cusp players, The Lazarus Effect begins as a modern-day spin on Frankensteinian mad science, but segues into more demonic matters. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2017
The Stakelander (2016) Kim Newman Though it takes a while for the plot to cohere, the storyline offers plenty of action. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2017
Sexy Durga (2017) James B Evans To lose the plot is one thing, but to lack one, is quite another. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2017