Never, ever go near power. Don't become friends with anyone who has real power. It's dangerous.

- Stanley Kubrick, more quotes at Fortunecardia

Paths Of Glory - 1957

Ridiculous. And cowardly. If he'd made this movie about his own country's military, and not an country with fighting on its own soil, he'd have had his career destroyed. If Kubrick hadn't made it, no one would take this seriously.

19-02-10 Weekly Links

Boy (2010)

Underneath the quirkiness and humour and beautiful scenery, there's a heart-breaking story about parenthood, responsibility, and substance abuse. I love it and I wish I'd never seen it. Taika Waititi is the greatest filmmaker of the decade.

Encounters At The End Of The World (2007)

My favourite Herzog documentary. Antarctica, bright colours, passionate scientists. Herzog tries to be his normal self, saying things like "For most of our time here, we had postcard-pretty weather conditions. This was frustrating because I loathe the sun", but actually he manages to make the world look like a cooler, more positive place.

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

They did a really good job. If I had tried writing this, it would probably have just been Thanos ordering an everything bagel, and then being really disappointed.

The Castle (1997) (The Good/Australian One)

Australia has been hiding the masterpiece America has been trying to make since the 30s. This makes everything Frank Capra did look pretty poor by comparison. Extra points for having an unrecognizably young Eric Bana.

Snowpiercer (2013)

Frankenstein (Shelly's) as a violent B-movie, in the best way possible. If Logan's Run or The Omega Man were about iniquity and futility.

Scorsese #5: Taxi Driver (1976)

It would be pretty easy to say this is the greatest psychological thriller of all time. The handful of movies that come close always have something a bit cartoonish to them, but what drives Taxi Driver is an unrelenting sense of disturbing realism. It's also aged well; out-there serial killers feel like freak occurrences, but unhinged, isolation-maddened, wannabe-super heroes are all over nowadays.