Delmer Daves’ Respect for the Hard Working West…

Perhaps more than any other classic American genre, the western may have the most obvious symbolic binary: black hats signify the outlaws, white ones are worn by the lawmen. Delmer Daves’ big screen adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s pulp story “Three-Ten to Yuma,” (screenplay by Halsted Welles) subverts this. It pulls certain lines of dialog verbatim, … Continue reading Delmer Daves’ Respect for the Hard Working West…

The Age of Balconies and Binoculars…

Much like Stanley Kubrick’s visionary ambition to make 18th century paintings come to life, with the stunning visuals of his drama, Barry Lyndon; Martin Scorsese uses two distinct kinds of period canvases to draw you into his setting of forbidden desires, shared by Archer and Ellen, in Jay Cocks' adaptation of Edith Wharton's The Age of … Continue reading The Age of Balconies and Binoculars…

Do Dreams Expire in California – Do Feelings…?

"I forget everything when I'm scared." "Why are you scared?" Every weekend (which isn't a weekend for me), I stand behind a glass counter, afraid of the same thing. I'm afraid she'll come and see me... but, really, I'm more frightened that she won't. "If memories could be canned, would they also have expiry dates? … Continue reading Do Dreams Expire in California – Do Feelings…?

“Unsane” Less Can Make For More… MUST-WATCH

The opening scene of Unsane, recalls two distinct things with no dialog: in a long, handheld POV shot (the movie was shot on an iPhone); it homages the opening credits' style of sleazy, early Hollywood suspense pictures (such as Detour or Decoy), and director Steven Soderbergh's distinct, organic use of color temperature in his mise en scène is … Continue reading “Unsane” Less Can Make For More… MUST-WATCH