Strangers on a Train (Hitchcock, 1951)

This week we’ve gone all Hitchcock... It was inevitable really. But rather than choosing one of his most seen and most revered works (because we’ve both seen them more than once I’m sure) I decided to go for one of his slightly more obscure works. That being said, I genuinely think this may be one of his best.


Wassup Rockers (Clark, 2005)

I first watched Larry Clark’s Wassup Rockers when I was 16. I was attracted to the film's use of hardcore music, the skateboard culture, and the sense of rebellion the film had. I watched it (and many other Larry Clark films, Kids specifically) many times over the next few years.

Riff-Raff (Loach, 1991)

I chose Riff-Raff due to Ken Loach’s new film, I, Daniel Blake, being in cinemas at the moment. I hoped to see the new release before we spoke about Riff-Raff but when I went to see it, it was sold out; “make sure you get tickets for the later viewing, it’s a great film and it’s important you watch it,” shouted the guy working in the cinema.

Animal Kingdom (Michôd, 2010)

Over the last decade there has been something of renaissance in Australian cinema, arguably kick-started with the poetic The Proposition in 2005 (Luke Buckmaster wrote an interesting article on the ‘lost wave’ for The Guardian). Films that followed include: The Babadook, Snowtown, Candy, and my choice for your viewing assignment this week, Animal Kingdom (as well as director, David Michôd's, fascinatingly weird follow-up, The Rover).