Requiem for a Dream – 2000 Aronofsky

2017-08-31T20:00:25+00:00

Requiem is a masterpiece of editing/montage It’s a relentless, sometimes repetitive, unsparing and searing fucked up portrayal of the American dream I forgot about the heavy use of split screen Accented sound editing (drugs being

Requiem for a Dream – 2000 Aronofsky2017-08-31T20:00:25+00:00

Zelig – 1983 Allen

2017-08-30T14:33:57+00:00

Zelig is an inventive leap for Allen (in a period where he was wildly creative) but also in tune with his normal obsessions and thematic muses such as psychoanalysis, romance, and jazz An important landmark

Zelig – 1983 Allen2017-08-30T14:33:57+00:00

Matchstick Men – 2003 Ridley Scott

2020-07-03T10:31:29+00:00

The reviews of the time focused unfairly on soderbergh’s oceans 11 or as good as it gets with the OCD-ness of cage’s character—but I think it has more in common Bogdanovich paper moon with the

Matchstick Men – 2003 Ridley Scott2020-07-03T10:31:29+00:00

Jamaica Inn – 1939 Hitchcock

2020-10-14T17:55:31+00:00

It’s a good film directed by Alfred Hitchcock instead of being truly a “Alfred Hitchcock film” which is disappointing on many levels—even some of his lesser films would be more interesting as an artist Maureen

Jamaica Inn – 1939 Hitchcock2020-10-14T17:55:31+00:00

Good Time – 2017 Safdie

2020-07-23T15:36:48+00:00

It is an excellent film, but more than that, it is a work of very promising young filmmakers who make clear ambitious aesthetic choices throughout- I think at least one of the Safdie brothers is

Good Time – 2017 Safdie2020-07-23T15:36:48+00:00

Robin and Marian – 1976 Lester

2020-07-03T10:31:29+00:00

Even with the title, Lester is aiming for a very unsexy (Connery looking gruff and ruggedly handsome without wearing underwear) and demythologized take on Robin Hood. It is the first role for Audrey in 8

Robin and Marian – 1976 Lester2020-07-03T10:31:29+00:00

Blackboard Jungle – 1955 R. Brooks

2017-08-25T14:51:09+00:00

Notorious for being part of the youth movement along with rebel without a cause in the same year and the wild one in 1953 “rock around the clock” bookends the film and is a startling

Blackboard Jungle – 1955 R. Brooks2017-08-25T14:51:09+00:00

Pi – 1998 Aronofsky

2017-08-21T18:50:05+00:00

The film has grown on me over the years for sure, but the sheer ugliness of the patchy 16mm photography is so hard for me to get past. There’s a guaranteed top 5 film of

Pi – 1998 Aronofsky2017-08-21T18:50:05+00:00

Murder! – 1930 Hitchcock

2017-08-21T17:17:14+00:00

It’s hard to believe that this is Hitchcock’s tenth feature- a crime drama set in a theater (something he’d do again often in 39 steps, stage freight)—it’s one of the best films of 1930 and

Murder! – 1930 Hitchcock2017-08-21T17:17:14+00:00

Logan Lucky – 2017 Soderbergh

2019-07-26T14:36:18+00:00

I laughed at soderbergh’s retirement in 2013. I said then that I thought he’d make another movie because Tarantino—I was wrong. Tarantino released hateful eight in 2015 and we didn’t get logan lucky until 2017.

Logan Lucky – 2017 Soderbergh2019-07-26T14:36:18+00:00

Risky Business – 1983 Brickman

2020-07-03T10:31:31+00:00

It’ s a teen coming-of-age film made with clear artistic intentions. It’s clearly influenced by the graduate but with an 80’s capitalism and materialism spin (complete with wonderful neon titles, a fantastic tangerine dream score,

Risky Business – 1983 Brickman2020-07-03T10:31:31+00:00

Kings of the Road – 1976 Wenders

2017-08-17T17:32:08+00:00

Part of Wenders “road trilogy” which includes alice in the cities and wrong move. The narrative is sparse with little momentum—scriptless- but this is simple description- not a negative critique as the film is brilliant

Kings of the Road – 1976 Wenders2017-08-17T17:32:08+00:00
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