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  • The Happiest Girl in the World

    The Happiest Girl in the World 2009

    Watched 21 Sep, 2016

    something i noticed here that i've never really paid much attention to in cinema: Jude sets an editing routine from the start, only ever cutting away to a new location / time period (pans accommodate movement, or characters speak to voices off-screen), giving the illusion of time passing. Straightforward.

    But during every scene in which Delia argues with her parents about what is going to happen to the car she's just won, Jude breaks this routine and cuts between different…

  • Margaret

    Margaret 2011

    Watched 18 Sep, 2016

    meaningless detail, maybe: an ad above a subway for a broadway play with the words "sold out" emblazoned on it, as if the only way to make something successful is to tell people they can't have it to make them want it, and to give them the impression that they're part of the conversation if they go after it — and isn't that what we all want? No surprise, really, that a large portion of this movie takes place in…

  • Sausage Party

    Sausage Party 2016

    Watched 14 Sep, 2016

    gum is good

  • Forever Mine

    Forever Mine 1999

    Watched 03 Sep, 2016

    give all to love // love keeps us alive

    "some of the details vanished, but the longing remained"

    big cinema, best Schrader i've seen

  • Still Life
  • Woman Is the Future of Man

    Woman Is the Future of Man 2004

    Watched 20 Aug, 2016

    "sir, why are you so pompous when you are around girls?"

    more here

  • The Walker

    The Walker 2007

    Watched 29 Jun, 2016

    "you may think you have friends in this situation, but you don't"

    Schrader's quiet Chabrol movie, I guess: moneyed superficiality vs. moneyed goodness in the chaos of a murder. A shallow movie in which depth is everything -- but still has no value.

  • The Rainmaker

    The Rainmaker 1997

    Watched 08 Jun, 2016

    a lesson in staying human in a city (a world) filled with sharks -- ethical practice has value, choose love

  • Little Odessa

    Little Odessa 1994

    Watched 04 Jun, 2016

    builds suspense around a gun passed from brother to brother, then eschews its obvious meaning in favour of no meaning at all -- a movie about luck more than one about blood.

  • Only Lovers Left Alive

    Only Lovers Left Alive 2013

    Rewatched 03 Jun, 2016

    maybe the most impressive showcase of Jarmusch's innate serenity -- low key and graceful, gorgeous.

  • Love & Friendship

    Love & Friendship 2016

    Watched 30 May, 2016 1

    all words, but good ones

  • Jauja

    Jauja 2014

    Rewatched 29 May, 2016

    "this is a dog dream // this is everything"

    second time round, this is still a total mystery to me -- every bit as strange and fascinating as i thought it was two years ago but i'm still no closer to it. It'll be so interesting to see where Alonso goes from here.

    reminded me of Serra more than Alonso's previous stuff, fwiw. i know there's a correspondence series between the two but i'd never thought about their similarities until now (however superficial/tenuous they might be)