I'm woefully ignorant of musicals, but even I can see why this was such a popular and successful production. It's funny, the songs are catchy and there's a wonderful nastiness and cynicism to it that is palpable because you end up liking this assortment of crooks, liars and scoundrels. As fun and dangerous as Mackie is, I think the police chief and Polly steal the show.
Criterion deserves a ton of credit for the beautiful restoration. It looks and, more importantly, sounds amazing.
I think this might be due for a modern revival.
I'm probably rating this too highly but I enjoyed the tone and humor of this film more than just about any other recent film. It is also so painterly and beautiful. Some of the interior shots were jaw-dropping. I'm sure people disliked the obvious self-reflective moments where Little Bob (a hilarious man who looks like a rockabilly koala bear) and his woman are reunited and the far-fetched ending of the film. But I felt like the director was both being…
I was fortunate enough to see The Elephant Man on the big screen with a 35mm print and it was even better this time around. Being in a theater heightens the emotions of the film that much more and the gorgeous black and white photography is so striking. In fact, I forgot just how hard some of the scenes in this film can hit you. I struggled to hold back tears multiple times.
I also forgot about the distinctive Lynchian…
I liked this more than The Naked Island but not nearly as much as Onibaba. That said, Shindo continues to impress me as a director. Kuroneko has some of the best uses of lighting that I have seen in film- whether it's a subtle rendering of a character emerging from darkness or an overt, theatrical spotlight. (The latter makes sense within the context of the film because this is a variation on kabuki.)
The actors are all fantastic and I…