• Rendez-vous avec Fantômas

    Rendez-vous avec Fantômas

    very interesting but i was disappointed franju never asked him to comment directly on the feuillade serial

  • Max Hates Cats

    Max Hates Cats

    this might be the most chaotic film i have ever seen

  • Bitter Victory

    Bitter Victory

    ★★★★★

    A gulf yawns between the still and the film itself. A gulf which is a whole world. Which? The world of modern cinema. It is in this sense that Bitter Victory is an abnormal film. One is no longer interested in objects, but in what lies between the objects and becomes an object in its turn. [...] Bitter Victory is what it is. One does not find reality on the one hand - the conflict between Lieutenant Keith and Captain…

  • On Dangerous Ground

    On Dangerous Ground

    ★★★★★

    Sometime before 1953 - where or in what context, I'm not sure - Truffaut compared Ray to Bresson, an unlikely match but appropriate for a film that cares, long before the introduction of its blind character, so much for hands and the cruelty Ryan is capable of dealing with them. No film was made with more physical rage.

  • Why Worry?

    Why Worry?

    ★★★

    I find it really intriguing: taken literally, it's a repulsive play on American interventionism in Latin American politics, but the actual comic aspect introduces this outlandish counterbalance against the otherwise basically natural design. Much of what makes Lloyd's comedy interesting (to the extremely limited extent that it is) is the play on the proportions of things in his images. He's just a little too short, his companion is a little too tall, and as a graphic foil it reminds me…

  • Her Socialist Smile

    Her Socialist Smile

    ★★

    i will always look at those who use the american labor movement to denigrate the achievements of others with the greatest suspicion.

  • Fortress of War

    Fortress of War

    there's nothing to admire in the red and white flag

  • Limelight

    Limelight

    I have seen every film by Charles Chaplin. 

    :(

  • Modern Times

    Modern Times

    ★★★★★

    It’s been six years since I’ve seen this in full but it’s a testament to its complete endurance that so much of it was as vividly remembered by me as if it were yesterday. I was struck most by two things: one, now probably my favorite scene in any Chaplin film, where Charlie is discovered sleeping underneath a pile of clothes at the department store (the culmination of the experiments in many of his classic shorts, especially at Mutual); and…

  • Invaders from Mars

    Invaders from Mars

    ★★★★

    i'm so impressed with the significance of the difference between the theatrical cut and the director's version (this viewing was of the latter): something like ten minutes are cut from the opening of the released version which more effectively establish the thematic symmetry between the classroom and the army, which color all the later disciplinary action at the school - I'm thinking especially of the teacher's "one, two, three, four, five" chant - with a more clearly militaristic character.

    I…

  • Casablanca

    Casablanca

    ★★★★½

    "Much of the emotional impact of the film, for the audience in 1942, has been attributed to the large proportion of European exiles and refugees who were extras or played minor roles (in addition to leading actors Paul Henreid, Conrad Veidt and Peter Lorre): such as Louis V. Arco, Trude Berliner, Ilka Grünig, Ludwig Stössel, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski, and Wolfgang Zilzer. A witness to the filming of the "duel of the anthems" sequence said he saw many of the…

  • Mussolini Speaks

    Mussolini Speaks

    ½