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  • My Darling Clementine 1946

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 13 Oct, 2014

    More or less the fundamental Ford text, and as I argue here (as part of its Criterion debut), a cinematic representation containing the ethos of American poetry.

    "Mac, you ever been in love?"
    "Nope, I've been a bartender all my life."

  • Listen Up Philip 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 09 Oct, 2014

    “You always have to have a total picture of the whole thing…a matter of self-investigation. Know thyself, you know?”
    -Philip Roth, Letting Go

    Reviewed here. Watched mostly with respected admiration to its formal techniques while viewing, but as the final 15 minutes unfolded, started to feel overwhelmed by its darkness. Writing about it made me realize how complex and unique Perry's approach is here.

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  • American Hustle 2013

    ★★ Watched 21 Dec, 2013 21

    A tale of phonies
    Made by phonies
    In second hand clothing
    Who enjoy playing as phonies.
    Flowers and garbage.

    "Russell's most exciting moments are three-layered: a familiar narrative or comic convention is exaggerated into a transgressive act, then grounded with a flurry of humanizing psychological detail."
    -Dan Sallitt, 2002.

    American Hustle would easily fit into the same realm as Pain & Gain, The Bling Ring, and Spring Breakers in the excess/over-belief in the American Dream run of films that amounted to…

  • Moonrise Kingdom 2012

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 04 Aug, 2013 3

    First romance
    Not charted on maps
    But preserved in paintings.
    "Car le temps de l'amour
    Ça dure tojours."

    I could talk about how this film's structure finally achieves the blissful melancholy that has been at the heart of all of Wes Anderson's films. I could talk about the precision of his framing and tracking shots, and how often he finds visual comedy through a perfect edit, or the slight entrance of new material into the frame. I could talk about…