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  • The Blue Angel 1930

    ★★★★ Watched 01 Apr, 2014 1

    Field trip
    Sound spaces for silent desires.
    Blonde who can't help it
    Reduces a professor to poultry.

    One of four Von Sternberg/Dietrich films discussed ever too briefly on this week's podcast. Seen in the rarer English version (does language play an issue into the German version in the difference between High German and Low German?). Seems like the obvious starting point for the collaboration where the Dietrich character is probably given the least complexity as much as the folly for…

  • Hard Boiled 1992

    ★★★★ Watched 12 Mar, 2014

    Export demand
    During the last stand of honor.
    The bullets dance
    For the spectacle of light
    But the innocent matter.

    I realize I broke one of the rules Matt Lynch and I set forth for our podcast discussion of this truly spectacular movie in the haiku.

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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…