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  • North by Northwest

    North by Northwest 1959

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 16 Sep, 2015

    "I'd invite you to my bedroom if I had a bedroom"

    The first time Cary Grant meets Eva Marie Saint on the train is probably the best thing Hitchcock has ever done (more to come on this, I'm sure)

  • Good Morning

    Good Morning 1959

    ★★★★½ Watched 07 Sep, 2015

    "that cloud's an interesting shape"
    "you're right, it is an interesting shape"
    "it sort of looks like something"
    "yes, like something"
    "such a lovely day"

    words to pass the time, to connect with a person, to read too much into - verbal language is essential and stupid.

  • Ricki and the Flash

    Ricki and the Flash 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 06 Sep, 2015

    cool moment near the end: Streep's daughter (recently divorced and taking it badly) is a bridesmaid (?) at a wedding, and freezes walking down the aisle (still raw). Her long absent mother looks up at her from her seat, tells her to "walk on", and she does. This is a big moment for Streep's character (first glimpse of genuine connection w/her daughter), but Demme doesn't make it entirely about her. He holds a close-up on the girl's face as she…

  • Nobody's Daughter Haewon

    Nobody's Daughter Haewon 2013

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 02 Sep, 2015

    "let it go, we're all drunk"

    third time seeing this and I only just noticed the guy drinking in the park from the last diary entry is actually from an earlier day, but Haewon had blurred them together in her memory/dreams - which makes everything less definitive.

  • Munich

    Munich 2005

    ★★★★ Watched 29 Aug, 2015

    "all this blood will come back to us"

    men sacrifice themselves for a cause that continues to renew itself, but they carry on because they need to be seen to be doing something no matter how ill equipped they are to deal with the consequences - a film emphatically about people in which the only political act is murder.

  • Twixt

    Twixt 2011

    Rewatched 28 Aug, 2015

    as personal a film as I think I've ever seen - Hall Baltimore writing the opening to his new novel: his voiceover/inner monologue says "Virginia", the name of the girl who haunts his dreams, but he types "Vicky", the name of his daughter, instead. He corrects the mistake, then Coppola cuts to three or four shots of family photos of the two of them together, before cutting back to Baltimore deleting everything on the page and pouring himself a drink.…

  • The Manchurian Candidate

    The Manchurian Candidate 2004

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Aug, 2015

    "there's always casualties in war, sir"

    best scene (there are a few): intense, emotional conversation between two men, both having been fucked by their country, in an elementary school classroom. The walls are covered in out-of-focus children's drawings of smiling people, while one of the men holds back tears in a close-up.

  • Friday Night

    Friday Night 2002

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 22 Aug, 2015

    stunning on every conceivable level - why waste words when everything is felt

  • Double Team

    Double Team 1997

    ★★★ Watched 16 Aug, 2015

    not one pane of glass in this movie is left unshattered

  • A Perfect Getaway

    A Perfect Getaway 2009

    ★★★★ Watched 14 Aug, 2015

    "there's some really good details there"

    baffling in a way that demands a repeat viewing, not to necessarily know what's happening but to understand how Twohy is making it happen - the brilliance of the opening credits sequence, in particular, only reveals itself in hindsight, re-contextualising everything one assumes to be the facts (pointedly stylised home videos - REC light, battery meter, time stamp) as a construct of editing.

  • Inspecteur Lavardin

    Inspecteur Lavardin 1986

    ★★★½ Watched 06 Aug, 2015

    two images from this movie that perfectly encapsulate Chabrol's cinema:

    1) a bottle of whiskey hidden inside a hollowed-out bible

    2) a terrified man rehearsing his fake smile in a mirror after seeing a detective pull up outside his apartment, before telling the two half-naked girls in his bed to hide and be quiet.

    everyone has something to hide.

  • Coal Money

    Coal Money 2009

    Watched 02 Aug, 2015

    "what a fucking shit job"

    the documentaries I respond to the most are the ones in which the role of the filmmaker is diminished to the point of virtual anonymity - People's Park being the ultimate example of this, comprised entirely of one 77 minute shot. This, my first Wang Bing, is similar to the individual work of one of PP's co-directors, J.P. Sniadecki, in that there are cuts, but not many, and the "narrative" is a construct of these…