I will watch more or less anything. At least once.
Drive My Car 2021
I was deeply impressed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi's Drive My Car. It has a masterful screenplay. Hamaguchi has taken Haruki Murakami's mysterious short story of near-revenge and made a quiet, intimate epic that abandons mystery for explanation.
I was caught off-guard by how Hamaguchi just delivers devastating revelations again and again in the final hour. I guess I was expecting a film more akin to Burning. Another recent Murakamin short story adaptation, which retained the unknowable essence of his best stories.…
Morning Glory 2010
Morning Glory is a really spry and funny film set in a world I don't really care about. It is the same reason that while everyone else in the world loves Broadcast News, I just don't care. I have been refusing to click on every Phillip Scofield story. I refuse to watch Aaron Sorkin's TV news show. These things are probably important, but I cannot be arsed with them. A morning news TV show. Honestly who gives a flying fuck.…
American Gigolo 1980
American Gigolo is another of Paul Schrader's "God's lonely man" films. His quartet being Taxi Driver, American Gigolo, Light Sleeper and The Walker. They are a fascinating set of films, as much for their flaws, as for their successes. They are character studies of opaque, egotistical demons, increasingly pathetic and less dangerous with age. They mirror Schrader himself, and his own career. American Gigolo is the second of quartet and the first directed by Schrader. The film is built around…
Warren Beatty's Reds has to be considered perhaps the most ambitious, frankly crazy, film released by mainstream Hollywood. It is, in 1981, a sympathetic, if critical, look at the 1917 Russian Revolution. The film focuses on the life and career of John Reed, the journalist and writer who wrote Ten Days That Shook the World. It mixes the personal and the political, spending a good deal of time looking at Reed's relationship with Louise Bryant (the amazing Diane Keaton, more…