I’m not a conspiracy theorist by any means but Collapse blew my mind. Essentially a 90 minute interview with graphics put on the top, American movie director Chris Smith listens as an ex-LAPD officer and investigative journalist tells us how all the oil is running out sooner than we think and that we better all start to learn to be carpenters and to grow our own food.
I loved Werner Herzog’s remake of Abel Ferrara’s Bad Lieutenant. Nicolas Cage is hilarious and believable as the drug-addicted cop who attempts to redeem his terrible ways by a mission of mercy. Excellent use of lizards and it was wild to see Fairuza Balk from Return To Oz back again.
Mike Leighs’ Another Year was brilliant. No British director can affect you as much he can. I saw it at a screening where Mike did a Q&A at the end of the movie. My favourite terrible question, of many, was: “Was this film influenced by The Good Life?”
Enter The Void by Gaspar Noe is the most visually spectacular film in a long time. Maybe it’s a little long but it’s his masterpiece. I’m not that squeamish but I had to put my hands over my eyes in one scene, while feeling an involuntary tear drop escape down my cheek. It’s insane.