Philip Brophy

Writer among other things.

Voted for

Akira1987Katsuhiro Otomo
Beneath the Valley of the Ultra Vixens1979Russ Meyer
Crash1996David Cronenberg
Heat1995Michael Mann
KAIDAN1964Masaki Kobayashi
Last Year at Marienbad1961Alain Resnais
Magnolia1999Paul Thomas Anderson
Once upon a Time in the West1968Sergio Leone
The Thing1982John Carpenter
West Side Story1961Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins



1987 Japan

Neo-Tokyo. Taiko rebirth. Geinoh Yamashirogumi. ESPer damage. Stadium collapse. White light. Post-humanism.

Beneath the Valley of the Ultra Vixens

1979 USA

Pneumatic deviation. Pendulous impossibility. New world anal. Peter Built. Small town America. Porno-graphology. Audiovisual onslaught.


1996 Canada

Flesh and more flesh. Cars and more cars. Ballardian trauma sex. The head of Jayne Mansfield. The thighs of Holly Hunter. The breath of James Spader. Howard Shore electric.


1995 USA

Infinite screenic flatness. Los Angeles erogenized. Male war. LAX. Deaf Elk Guitar Orchestra. Granite as acting. De Niro and Pacino - but also Kilmer.


1964 Japan

Dimensional rupture. Toru Takemitsu. Unsound. The sonorum of the world turned inside out. Entities beyond humanism. Pure invisible theatre.

Last Year at Marienbad

1961 France, Italy

The voice, the passage, the world. Ghosts of textuality. Entombing architecture. Chamber purgatory. Corrupted cine-literacy. Die, novel, die.


1999 USA

Song as everything. Voice as all. Fractal emotional detonation. Drama melting down. Irrevocable fate. The carousel of cancer. Yes, it did happen.

Once upon a Time in the West

1968 Italy, USA

The twanging godliness of Morricone. The memory of sounded death, breathing until you die. Bronson as Westworld. Templating entrepreneurial hell. Henry Fonda's blue eyes.

The Thing

1982 USA

The thing-ness of everything. Genre plasticity remoulded. Morricone melting. Rob Bottin from Planet X. No, it is not fucking kidding.

West Side Story

1961 USA

Michael Jackson before he existed. The Musical - year one. Manhattan - ground zero danced. Leonard Bernstein paints Manhattan. The outside world staged, perfectly.

Further remarks

Ordered alphabetically. Audiovisually dictated. Written in 15 minutes, with complete indifference to what people call 'cinema'.