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Slack Bay (Ma Loute) (Melbourne International Film Festival 2016)
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Slack Bay (Ma Loute) (Melbourne International Film Festival 2016)

Lauded for years for his distinct brand of po-faced, dread-inducing naturalism, French director Bruno Dumont’s radical shift to the deadpan surreal with 2014’s investigative miniseries-as-movie P’tit Quinquin  continues with his Cannes competition debut Slack Bay. Contravening on the Côte d’Opale, shot in grisly, blood-sapped tones by cinematographer Guillaume Deffontaines, two families duke it out for comic supremacy across Dumont’s starkly … Continue reading

The Look of Silence (2015)
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The Look of Silence (2015)

Back in 2013 I unsuspectingly wandered into a morning screening of Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing, a documentary about the systemic murder of a million communists, political dissidents and racially ‘impure’ Indonesians at the hands of a brutally thuggish and governmentally sanctioned regime of gangsters between 1965 and 1966. Not even a buttressed spectator … Continue reading

Loaded Re-Loaded
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Loaded Re-Loaded

You might have noticed — since following whichever link brought you here — that this is the first and only post on this once-fruitful blog. That’s not unintentional. 2015 has been an interesting year for me, full of surprise developments and commitments that have wrested me away from regular posting and reviewing. In July I finally put academic … Continue reading