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  • Le Plaisir

    Le Plaisir

    ★★★★½

    In both La Ronde and Le Plaisir, I was fascinated by the way Ophüls packs the frame with various objects and furniture that often obstruct the actors, and in Le Plaisir so many scenes are shot through windows, blinds, or ironwork that it certainly seems to be a theme. Whatever the symbolism, it also gives the films a very pleasurable surface and texture, particularly combined with the roaming camera Ophüls is known for. In fact a lot of the appeal…

  • La Ronde

    La Ronde

    ★★★★

    Anton Walbrook presides over 12 linked episodic vignettes in an incredibly charming and funny film. Beautiful and richly textured, with a stacked cast, and some truly fantastic gags from Walbrook's omniscient master of ceremonies.

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  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    ★★★★

    Nancy: "Why do we always expect metal ships?"
    Jack: "I've never expected metal ships"

    The original Invasion of the Body Snatchers came out two years before I was born, and was one of the earliest horror / science fiction films I remember seeing. It was in regular rotation on late-night Creature Feature TV, and I probably saw it at least a half-dozen times by the time I saw Philip Kaufman's remake in 1978. Aside from a couple of key scenes,…

  • Only Lovers Left Alive

    Only Lovers Left Alive

    ★★★★

    "I just feel like all the sand is at the bottom of the hour glass or something." – Adam (Tom Hiddleston)

    Midnight. Left the theatre I've been going to for almost a half-century, and walked the brick sidewalks and alleys I would know by sense of smell alone, feeling like a centuries-old vampire.