somber cryptically walking the depopped cs map industrial power station, heavy with its own remoteness, loneliness, frozen in time and no longer pulsing with an animating drone. bright concrete and bleach blue emptiness stretch from grass to desert. twilight blue and walls of rain elsewhere devour the earth, voiding, blanking it. but they don't come here. this place persists. metal nests high above concrete plains.
there is no one here. you can sit with your legs hanging from the metal…
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein 1948
FINALLY watched this and it immediately feels like the rosetta stone for hundreds of subsequent monster movies, moreso even than all of the universal 'originals'. it's all a strange goodbye, maybe because i have no history with it. my og monster mash was the groovie goolies, but if i had this as a kid, it would've been welded into my heart, i'm sure of it. at the same time, it haunts me.
franky has never felt so empty and so…
Design for Living 1933
i know that the magic of movies often requires us to suspend our disbelief, but this movie is founded on the completely unbelievable premise that frederic march and gary cooper's characters - two "bohemian" "artist" "bachelors" who "live together" - have never once kissed and, in fact, are not constantly kissing. i guess if everyone was already kissing the whole time there wouldn't be much plot left for this script. so, i GET it. but, while i found most of…
You Were Never Lovelier 1942
turns out that if you reliably cry watching halloween 5, watching fred astaire dance with rita hayworth will damn near kill you.
Sixty in September: 10/60
There are so many things to be fascinated by in this beautiful, wild movie, but two things really stick out to me. Obayashi talks about them in the interview on the Criterion materials:
One is the war and the atomic bombings. Obayashi is originally from Hiroshima. He says, quietly and candidly, that most his friends didn't survive the bombings, as a child. The second is Obayashi's sense of how children view and experience the world. He…
The Others 2001
Nicole Kidman descending the staircase,
carrying a gaslamp in one hand and
holding a shotgun in the other,
while the fog thickens outside.