Ultra Culture < Sight & Sound

Sunday July 5th 2009

I’ve been reading a lot of Sight & Sound lately and it’s made me a bit depressed that this site is basically just descriptions of queues and bus posters. It’s all quite wanky obviously, but some of the stuff in S&S is so well written (and still quite accessible) that it’s quite hard to understand why anyone would ever read Total Film, or even Empire. The coverage of Cannes in the most recent issue is incredible.

So in honour of fine journalism, I’m reprinting what I consider to be the best two reviews I’ve ever written. They were published in iD Magazine last year. They’re not funny (nothing new there then lol) but they are short. Enjoy.

Suffocated by a harsh industrial landscape and the incessant screams of his restless mutant offspring, reclusive Henry Spencer finds himself caught in a disturbing existence where dreams and reality become indistinct. David Lynch’s surrealist debut is a relentlessly disturbing experience and remains his most condensed cinematic vision, far from the sprawling abstraction of last year’s INLAND EMPIRE. Discontinued on DVD and lost altogether from the repertory circuit, Lynch’s unsettling masterpiece is re-released this month at the ICA on a meticulously restored new print. For the full nightmare, catch one of the late showings.

Doing for Camden what Control did for Macclesfield, Shane Meadows’ black-and-white tale of urban suffocation follows the unlikely friendship that blossoms between two troubled teenagers living in a St. Pancras low-rise. This is England star Thomas Turgoose and newcomer Piotr Jagiello impress as the two boys united by their affections for a local Parisian waitress. Charming, natural and brilliantly short, Somers Town tightens the broad scope of Meadows’ other recent work and reminds us of his capacity for subtlety.

Don’t worry, there’ll be more pictures of cinemas tomorrow.