William Ross

William Ross

Filmmaker. Cohost of Film Formally Podcast. Other things. Goes long on the musical scores.

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    I spent long enough away from this movie after watching it around 10 times when it came out that I really started to doubt how great it was. Was I just using it as movie comfort food?

    But like, I don't know another way to watch this movie but to watch it ten times. Obviously it's the greatest action movie ever made. That's where the conversation starts. I don't think I'm gonna take more than a year off of this thing again. Life's too short and we're too lucky to have this movie to not watch Fury Road.

  • Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

    Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

    Really feels like the script was a "Two Films Enter, No Films Leave" affair.

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  • Still Processing

    Still Processing

    I find that when you can tell stories about the post-production phase of a movie (at least ones that aren't about resentment and recrimination), it's a good sign, because it means the film and its recorded material had vitality and potential that persisted well after the cameras were put away.

    On this one I felt totally harmonious with all its collaborators, their artistic strengths, their intents, and their logistical process. I have never met or even communicated with one of…

  • The Thin Blue Line

    The Thin Blue Line

    The moment Errol Morris emerged as the grand master of documentary film as a means of rhetorically complex truth-seeking. To date, this may be his most effective use of motivic imagery whose impact shifts with each new context, and his ability to assemble complex overarching structures that bear no resemblance to conventional structures but are exactingly suited to his subjects and ontological convictions is at peak levels here. This time around I especially appreciated that the film moves out of…