‘Xiao Wu’ – Jia Zhangke’s Remastered Feature Debut On The Drifting Connections Of Alienated Youth [NYFF]

After hitching aboard public transportation on the way into town, a reckless pickpocket named Xiao Wu (Hongwei Wang) slouches into an open bus seat, sporting a jacket too big for him, a bright-wool sweater vest, and bug-eyed rims. “Make him pay his fare,” the driver tells the man nearest to him. “I’m a policeman,” Xiao … Continue reading ‘Xiao Wu’ – Jia Zhangke’s Remastered Feature Debut On The Drifting Connections Of Alienated Youth [NYFF]

“You Were Never Really Here” A Real Human Being… 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

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…

“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