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  • All That Heaven Allows

    All That Heaven Allows 1955

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 21 Nov, 2015

    "all you have to do is turn that dial and you'll have all the company you want right there"

  • Yella

    Yella 2007

    Watched 18 Nov, 2015

    closed doors treated as if they're open - fascinated by the arbitrary (missing) details in this

  • Memoirs of an Invisible Man

    Memoirs of an Invisible Man 1992

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Nov, 2015 2

    "you're not alone anymore"

  • The Color of Lies

    The Color of Lies 1999

    ★★★★½ Watched 09 Nov, 2015

    "the most profitable lie is when you make a liar think you believe him"

    Chabrol in his element. Such a confounding web of deceit that even the heartfelt confessions of people consumed by guilt could be (and almost certainly are) lies - but who can even know anymore.

  • Gran Torino

    Gran Torino 2008

    ★★★★★ Watched 08 Nov, 2015

    something I love about cinephila is when two films that don't immediately strike you (however they might strike others) as having similarities somehow line up in ways that seem to enrich each other as much as themselves. Case in point, the two films I saw today - both for the first time: John Ford's Wagon Master, and Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino.

    Ford's treatment of Native Americans in his film is incredibly human (especially for its time, I would imagine, not…

  • Junun

    Junun 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 02 Nov, 2015

    PTA clearly revels in the freedom and spontaneity afforded to him by digital - picking up the static camera mid-shot and moving it, 360+ degree pans from the middle of a circle of musicians, a fucking drone - but the editing, of both sound and image, is what really sticks here. PTA constantly cuts between the musicians at work (performing more than recording, it seems) and various vignettes of the world around this makeshift studio in a 15th century fort…

  • The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath 1940

    ★★★★★ Watched 29 Oct, 2015

    "This is my dirt. It's no good, but it's mine."

  • The Intern

    The Intern 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 23 Oct, 2015

    v. slow start, but gradually becomes a very cool movie about a platonic + evolving + entirely NOT cynical friendship between a lonely man and a powerful woman. Writing derails a bit - it works so much better as a hangout movie than a melodrama - but it's so nice to see something so chilled out and positive in mainstream cinema for a change.

  • Masques

    Masques 1987

    ★★★★½ Watched 22 Oct, 2015

    "don't smother me with your compliments"

    maybe the quintessential Chabrol movie, at least from what I've seen so far. Makes literal his interest in, uh, masks, by presenting each character as a false version of themselves, generally used to hide their real, somewhat sneaky motivations. The weird match-making for the elderly TV show, with its assertive "applaud!" signs and love-heart number cards, being a fantastic parallel to this idea of an everpresent falsehood clouding reality - although perhaps a more…

  • 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…