One of the best films of year, there is almost an invisible vitality to "Martin Eden." Every cut and compositional choice so harmoniously antithetical (that's a compliment) that an overly saturated celluloid flicker might spring to life with the addition of a needle-drop - a MUST WATCH.
Choosing between orange or grape soda... watching Psycho with your mother on your day off... deciding to splurge on a brand name item at the store... remember when these things mattered... There's a small little moment early on in Ramsay's film: ball-peen hammer wielding vigilante Joe - played to utter perfection by (former child actor) Joaquin Phoenix … Continue reading “You Were Never Really Here” A Real Human Being… MUST-WATCH
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…
"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…?
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