• Vitals

    "I don't think you should feel about a film. You should feel about a woman, not a movie. You can't kiss a movie." - Jean-Luc Godard

comfortably close

This is my favourite place in London. By association, that makes it one of my favourite places in the whole world. Behind that humble, nondescript façade lies a treasure trove of film history, a DVD library comprising over 14,000 titles, classics old and new, documentaries, imports, ex-prints and experimental film. It’s always warm in there, … Continue reading


the boy who killed his mother

Who is Xavier Dolan? Xavier Dolan is a Writer. He is a Director. He is an Actor. Xavier Dolan is a College Dropout. Xavier Dolan is the voice of South Park‘s Stan. Xavier Dolan is a prodigy. Xavier Dolan is hubristic. Xavier Dolan is one to watch. The first few are facts, irrevocably. College Dropout? … Continue reading


too much information

This is a contentious one. I’m Still Here, dir. Casey Affleck. Starring Joaquin Phoenix. Last Friday, Casey Affleck laid to rest all speculation and rumour that surrounded he and Joaquin Phoenix’s new documentary or, as it happens, film. In an interview with the New York Times, he declared that “virtually none of it was real,” … Continue reading


hollywood mad men

Would that be, Sun Men? No. Doesn’t quite catch. Lately there has been a flood of big Hollywood names selling out for the likes of Gucci, Chanel, Apple and….. okay, enough. One thing that seems clear, in most of these cases, is that this is no case of once grand figures-turned-hack. And besides, Hollywood Directors … Continue reading


go fuck up the world

Forever the fool, Harmony Korine has just completed a short film/ad for clothing line Proenza Schouler. He’s called it Act Da Fool no less. I quite like it. Generally I like Korine (the man) and what he does (the ideas) more than I actually like his films. Similar in ways to Godard, Korine likes to … Continue reading


the black swan theory

The Theory of Black Swan Events. Developed by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Based on the author’s criteria: The event is a surprise (to the observer). The event has a major impact. After the fact, the event is rationalized by hindsight, as if it had been expected. What with Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life looking like … Continue reading

Tess Gallagher with Raymond Carver

take to the floor

Raymond Carver wrote some of my favourite short stories. Stories about broken and ruined men – The Third Thing that Killed my Father Off. About silent intimacy – Viewfinder. Tragic acts of blind desperation – Popular Mechanics. And human faults – Tell the Women We’re Going. Carver’s style is his own, bracingly original and unique. Modern in composition, yet timeless in … Continue reading


to fill the void

Enter the Void. Gaspar Noe. I’ve been looking forward to this since it premiered at Cannes ’09. ’09! It’s been a long wait so far, and it’s going to be longer still, but at least the end now has a date. On September 24th 2010, Enter the Void will get its long overdue UK release, one week after the … Continue reading


the thistle in the kiss

I’m very excited for this film. Blue Valentine. I don’t know a whole lot about it, other than that it stars Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, who are fast becoming the indie darlings of Hollywood. And I really like the both of them. They’ve made some great films between them. Since heeling it from Dawson’s Creek, Williams … Continue reading


tryna get to sunny californy

And fifty-six years later, Walter Salles made a film out of it. Along with countless drifters and wannabe drifters, poets and wannabe poets, free spirits and I wish I could just let loose-ers, Francis Ford Coppola’s shared dream has a cast. It has a director. It has a script (and a good one too). And … Continue reading