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  • La Roue

    La Roue

    ★★★

    Brilliant formal eruptions every fifteen minutes or so are balanced by Gance's tendency to engage in redundancies that seem typical of the era's attempts at 'pure cinema' (I have many of the same problems with Murnau's The Last Laugh). So, for example, Gance can't just communicate Sisif's blindess in two or three well-chosen images, he's got to take an entire reel to show Sisif stumbling around his cabin, frequently cutting to POV shots that underscore what's become obvious in the…

  • Secret in Their Eyes

    Secret in Their Eyes

    The original was a bad movie with something semi-interesting to say about what happens to individual morality in a society where fascism permeates every part of the body politic. The remake is a bad movie.

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  • Double Indemnity

    Double Indemnity

    ★★★★★

    All you need to make a movie is a girl, a gun, and a life insurance policy.

  • In the Mood for Love

    In the Mood for Love

    ★★★★★

    A movie about memory, and about clothes and food and cigarettes and Nat King Cole records, all of which play their part in a story not only of lost love, but of an ancient empire in which love collapsed in on itself in a quiet apocalypse. In his attention to minutiae, Wong realizes the aesthetic ambitions of the 1920s film theorist and filmmaker Jean Epstein, the prophet of photogénie, the fetishistic obsession with photographic detail and arrested gesture. In its…