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  • De Palma

    De Palma 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Sep, 2016

    The doc is very anecdotal, Brian De Palma is interviewed, and references influences and his experiences of making the films. De Palma’s camera technique in Carrie (1976) and Obsession (1976) of having foreground and background separated was a clever setup I hadn’t noticed while watching his films. I didn’t know Dressed to Kill (1980) was quite autobiographical, in terms of following his unfaithful father around with a camera, and going to an art museum to look at paintings and girls.…

  • Julieta

    Julieta 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Sep, 2016

    Pedro Almodóvar's latest offering. When I first stumbled upon the poster I thought it was Katie Holmes. About a woman who struggles with the absence of those she'd like to have closest to her. ”Antia has chosen her own path and you are not part of it”. The reasons for Antia distancing herself from her mother are unclear and this conflict (although late in the film) is what makes the story interesting. Improves upon reflection and I'm curious to see it again to pick up on details.

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  • Videodrome

    Videodrome 1983

    ★★★★½ Watched 21 Sep, 2012

    Could be David Cronenberg's most important, visionary, and ambitious work. A cult film that is disturbing and visually grotesque, so not for the faint of heart.
    Thought-provoking, not least because the film is a window into the future: Freely available information, avatar names, the limits of satisfaction and entertainment, the effects on your surroundings and on the mind of watching violence, sex or torture, and whether entertainment is at the expense of something more worthwhile. Does viewing kill our brain…

  • The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

    The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog 1927

    ★★★ Watched 12 Apr, 2016

    So many versions available on YouTube so I decided to go with the official dvd from the library. The score fits well for a thriller and particularly the chase ending stayed with me. I liked the cinematic approach to storytelling, pulling coat up over face, handcuffs, portraits on the walls, and so on. An impressive trick is when the family look up and we see the lodger (worm 's eye view) restlessly walking alone in his upstairs room. Thematically the same old from Hitchcock, this time in silent.