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  • You and Me 1938

    ★★★★★ Watched 08 Aug, 2014

    The Harvard Film Archive program suggests that Bertolt Brecht did some uncredited work on this one, which almost seems too apt to be true. This Lang film is nothing but distancing effects; it shifts genres reel-to-reel. You and Me is ostensibly a melodrama about a department store that’s staffed entirely with ex-cons, with an eye on two of the cons - Silvia Sidney and George Raft - who’re having their marriage plans complicated by the fact that their paroles forbid…

  • Moonfleet 1955

    ★★★½ Watched 10 Aug, 2014

    Shane by way of an Errol Flynn swashbuckler (only it actually stars Stewart Granger.) The immediately striking aspect is that Lang is composing for both color and ‘scope - despite semi-famous comments regarding snakes and funerals - and he creates some damned indelible images in the process. Essentially all Lang movies take place in an imagined world inspired and informed by myths of masculinity; this one’s no different, but there’s not as much criticism thrown toward those myths as was…

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  • The Keep 1983

    ★★★★ Rewatched 04 Oct, 2013 1

    On 35mm, at the Coolidge. Apparently Paramount, decades ago, told them to junk the print. No one did because it had "KEEP" written on the front frames. Just passing that along.

  • Lucy 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 26 Jul, 2014 2

    What if 2001's star-child featured in an(other) action movie about the creation and evolution of human existence? And what if this time the star-child was Scarlett Johansson?

    Here it is: A blonde bombshell superhero traveling through a narrative that demands she graduate from ubermensch to God. Johansson first mows down bad guys, then chases down knowledge to evolve humanity, then takes control of the human race itself. So Luc Besson's Lucy is built on a daring philosophical idea: that religious…