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Wild Strawberries
June 20, 2007, 6:44 pm
Filed under: Film, Food, Frivolity

Not a film by Ingmar Bergman, but a discovery in the garden:


Yum! I win.

Inland Empire
April 2, 2007, 5:59 pm
Filed under: Film

I am a massive fan of David Lynch, I think there’s no doubt that he’s the greatest living film director. That said, I’m not entirely sure what to say about his new film Inland Empire. I need to see it again before I can make any intelligent comment about it, so in the meantime here are some entertaining quotes from reviews:

  1.  Germaine Dulac’s 1928 movie Le Coquille et le clergyman was refused a certificate by the British Board of Film Censors, one of its examiners observing: ‘This film is so cryptic as to be meaningless. If there is a meaning, it is doubtless objectionable.’ Which brings us to David Lynch’s Inland Empire, as opaque a movie as I’ve ever seen, yet riveting or hypnotic in a way that makes you feel not that you’ve seen it, but that you’ve dreamt it.
  2. In a recent Cahiers du cinéma interview, [Lynch] says: ‘Perhaps in a few years time, we’ll speak of Inland Empire as a simple story.’ As Ethan Edwards or Buddy Holly might say, that’ll be the day.
  3. The great eroto-surrealist David Lynch has gone truffling for another imaginary orifice of pleasure, with results that are fascinating, sometimes very unwholesome, and always enjoyable.
  4. The nightmare goes on and on – for three hours, in fact. But believe me when I say that, though this is familiar Lynch stuff, it is never dull, and I was often buttock-clenchingly afraid of what was going to happen next and squeaking with anxiety. The opening scene, in which Nikki is visited by a creepy neighbour (Grace Zabriskie) is so disturbing, I found myself gnawing at a hangnail like a deranged terrier.
  5. Recently, I get the feeling that [Lynch] could make a three hour movie of a fat man having a shit and the Peter Bradshaw’s of this world would still line up to praise him.
  6. By the time we got to the beautiful young women, all flashing-eyes and -breasts, it was time to leave. It struck me that he should try directing porn – I think he’d especially like lesbian hardcore as his films all seem to coyly smile that way as it is. So bring them on, get their kit off and let’s have some action. That way the rest of us can enjoy the w*nk as well.
  7. It could be that these (brown) rabbits are reminders of the White Rabbit in “Alice in Wonderland,” taking Alice down the hole into bizarre lands. With the strange and terrifying occurrences, the low ceilings and the non sequiturs, there’s more than a whiff of a threatening Wonderland. But since the rabbits first appeared in shorts on Lynch’s Web site, it may be that he simply likes the image of people dressed in rabbit outfits.
  8. Who knows, maybe the reason a group of prostitutes start singing “The Locomotion” is because Lynch heard it on the radio the day before. Does it belong? Does it matter, since everything belongs?
  9. “Inland Empire” may be the most aggressively surreal feature film ever released to movie theaters in this country, and it’s possibly close to the movie David Lynch carries around in his head.
  10. Pressed to describe “Inland Empire,” Lynch has said it’s about “a woman in trouble,” which is like saying “Jaws” is about a fish.
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The penultimate multilemma
December 27, 2006, 11:24 pm
Filed under: Film

Following on from The Ultimate Dilemma, which was considered to be a bit narrow, is the slightly less significant but wider question – which is the most over-rated film? Please use the IMDB top 250 films list to identify candidates. I’m going with (in no particular order):

  • Citizen Kane (IMDB 23rd best film) – read my review here.
  • Silence of the Lambs (IMDB 27th best film) – how did this joke of a film ever get mistaken for something serious? I mean seriously, I’m having an old friend for lunch??
  • The Shawshank Redemption (IMDB 2nd best film) – for consistently being number 2 on the IMDB rankings. It’s not a bad film, but it’s nothing special. It’s based on a Stephen King story people!

Anyone who suggests Dr Strangelove will be in trouble, I warn you now!

The ultimate dilemma
October 28, 2006, 5:00 am
Filed under: Film

Which is the funniest film of all time?

  • The Big Lebowski


  • Dr Strangelove

Those are the choices, and that’s an objective fact.

I think in the end my money is on Dr Strangelove because the humour is do damned dark and I love that. But… it doesn’t have El Duderino.