William Dishon

William Dishon

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Swinburne student doing a major in cinema and screen studies and social media. I watch a few to many films.

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    It's terrifying how effectively J.K. Simmons is able to play an abusive asshole that purposely exploits his students wellbeing and self worth to bring what he believes is the best out of them. He able to play it in a way where his presence in the room holds a weight in itself. I've never seen a performance like it, which I think is one of the reasons I keep coming back to this film.

    You get the idea, by the…

  • The Phantom of Liberty

    The Phantom of Liberty

    ★★★½

    Buñuel perfectly captures the bizarreness that comes with reflecting on the illogical scenarios that played out in a dream. Social customs and norms are completely switched around, situations of conflict will play out based exclusively on the idea of its potential to occur, and there is no real continuity to the structure in which events play out. The comical scenarios imagined are quite amusing in their execution. I don't really get the wider context for it all, but Buñuel is such an abstract filmmaker drowned in surrealist techniques, that there might not even be any.

    Criterion films i've now seen - 169/1402

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  • The Shining

    The Shining

    ★★★★½

    Since I plan to check out Doctor Sleep soon, I thought I better revisit The Shining. A phenomenal film in so many respects. Am starting to realise I enjoy the first two acts a lot more then the third. I think this is because I prefer when the supernatural elements are implied rather then acknowledged. As a result the third act feels a little to in your face for my tastes. This could just be because I still don't have…

  • Where Is My Friend's House?

    Where Is My Friend's House?

    ★★★★★

    Being a kid sucks in a way that most people seem to forget when they become adults. Very few people will listen to you, you are expected to follow a very authoritarian way of thinking and doing things which is some contexts will just be complete fucking nonsense, and you're just treated like this passive object by society until you reach a certain age.

    What I absolutely love about Kiarostami's film 'Where is my Friends House?' is captures that experience…