Monday, 3 May 2010


I don't get to the cinema as often as I'd like these days and when I do it often seems to be to see a revival (admittedly these are always pretty wonderful though they often feel like the "safe" option) or to squint in disbelief at the colossally empty and exceptionally loud spectacle of "Avatar."  Then I see a film like "Dogtooth" and my faith that magical films are still being made is reaffirmed.  This Greek film is easily the best film made in recent years that I've seen.  It is potent and disturbing matter; four people walked out of the screening my friends and I attended.  But I think great art does divide people into strong camps.  I'd recommend this film to anyone old enough to see it, but with the caveat that it is not for the faint of heart or the delicate of sensibility.  It is a strange, surreal meditation on family life with echoes of Bunuel and Tarkovsky in its sun-infused tension and hushed intensity. This is a family that we would like to view from a distance, to judge, but, remarkably, the director, Yorgos Lanthimos, and his ensemble of extraordinary performers allow us to draw close to the characters. They win us with their innocence. It is a playful film that depicts a terrifying form of familial fascism.  It operates on so many levels of meaning it dizzies analysis.  The awe and wonder of childhood are perverted and distorted in this odd remaking of the outside world.  It is the sweetest nightmare and I don't think I will ever forget it.

Monday, 19 April 2010

The goddess returns

PJ's back and she's looking outside herself, reinventing herself artistically yet again. The clip of her performing has her being watched by none other than Gordon Brown. The song? "Let England shake." Perfect.

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

It's happening again

Terror returns to Moscow. As do conspiracy theories.

The Animal Who Cannot Sleep

Another excellent post from what is swiftly becoming a favourite blog of mine. I'd never heard of this Cioran fellow before, but any friend of Beckett is likely worth attending to.

Thursday, 25 March 2010

"Kick" Reinvented

Record Club: INXS "Guns In The Sky" from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.

This promises to be wonderful from this footage ...

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Sleep violence

I've been fascinated by this phenomenon for some time. Another wonderful posting on The New York Times's All-Nighters blog. The bit about the guy accidentally killing his mother-in-law seems a little suspicious.

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Philippe Jusforgues

I came across this guy's work in ROOMS magazine. His images are creepy, surprising, and devilishly funny. Check out his website here.