The fire motif got too real and the fire alarm in my theatre went off just after the kid’s Antoine Doinel style run to the police station. Got a refund but it was the last screening so still don’t know how it ends. Exceptional performances and compositions. Very impressed by Dano’s first time behind the camera.
Wagon Master 1950
This underseen and unassuming indie Western is one of Ford's favourites of his own work and is considered by many to be one of his masterpieces. Having just rewatched another great Ford film, Stagecoach, the day before, I was struck by the difference in the portrayal of the “Indians” in the two films. In Stagecoach the Apaches are a horde of undifferentiated savages. They are a force of nature and may be killed indiscriminately (but save a bullet for each…
Like his earlier film Solaris, Stalker is a loose adaptation of a science-fiction novel. The Stalker is a man of faith who leads people through a (both material and spiritual) wasteland and into “The Zone,” where their innermost wishes may be granted. Like some angst-ridden Bodhisattva shepherd, the Stalker himself must have his wishes go unrealized. The two men he guides are the Professor (a physicist searching for the truth) and the Writer (an artist seeking inspiration). In broad strokes,…
Only Lovers Left Alive 2013
Only Lovers Left Alive begins with a series of rotating overhead shots cutting back and forth between its protagonists, Adam (Hiddleson) and Eve (Swinton). The characters are on opposite sides of the world (one lives in Detroit, the other in Tangier) but the shot links the two together. The significance of these shots is revealed near the end of the film, when Adam explains to Eve the phenomenon in physics known as entanglement. Entanglement, which Einstein called “spooky action at…