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  • Father of the Bride 1950

    ★★★½ Watched 30 Jan, 2015

    Part Four of my mini John Alton retrospective, part of my DP Challenge

    It's always a pleasure to see a comedy elevated by its cinematography, really why I decided to select this as one of my five Alton films to watch -- trying to evaluate his adaptability to genres and not just a noir DP.

    Certainly, it's not his best work, but he's not required to do much, but Alton decides to anyways (and I think he could have gone…

  • T-Men 1947

    ★★★ Watched 28 Jan, 2015

    Part Three of my mini John Alton retrospective, part of my DP Challenge.

    Three films in, and I'm really digging John Alton's style, and this is among the best of those three I've seen -- too bad he's subject to mostly B-movies, because he really should have been recognized by the Academy.

    Much like the last two noirs I've seen of him, the lighting and shadow work is absolutely incredible, and most of it comes from a single light source.…

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  • The Social Network 2010

    ★★★★ Rewatched 12 Mar, 2014 12

    When you're an asshole, you lose your girlfriend.
    When you lose your girlfriend, you get drunk at Harvard.
    When you get drunk at Harvard, you rant on the Internet.
    When you rant on the Internet, you make FaceMash.com.
    When you make FaceMash.com, you crash the system.
    When the system crashes, twins that row crew ask for your help (you hate crew).
    When you hate crew, you steal their idea.
    When you steal their idea, it becomes big.
    When it becomes…

  • Mud 2012

    ★★★★ Rewatched 11 Aug, 2013 11

    I re-watched Mud tonight to see if it could live up to my previous viewing. Much like The Place Beyond the Pines, it does add up but it actually improved. TPBTP had one of the greatest acts of the century but faltered after its first 40 minutes. Jeff Nichols’s Mud, however, doesn’t ever really falter at all – consistently great cinema.

    What my re-watch showed me, was that it gets the little things right to amplify the big picture of…