Mel Killingsworth

Writer, director, showrunner.
Coffee, sport, film, TV.

Sept project: working through Ang Lee's filmography in order

Favorite films

  • Out of Sight
  • Tokyo Drifter
  • Persepolis
  • Woman on the Run

Recent activity

  • Ride with the Devil

  • A Haunting in Venice

  • Rome, Open City

  • Indiscreet

Recent reviews

  • Ride with the Devil

    Ride with the Devil

    I'm always fascinated for a 'foreigner' to take on another country's intimate stories; sometimes they make no sense, sometimes they make more.

    Also interesting to see Lee's working with some people from The Ice Storm - Maguire, Avy, his DP Frederick Elmes who will also shoot Chosen and Hulk.

    Ebert almost never misses, and here nails the core - - "a Civil War film made without the benefit of hindsight," which intentionally keeps the point of view as narrow…

  • A Haunting in Venice

    A Haunting in Venice

    Imagine if Sparkling Cyanide (1983) or Murder By Death had a bigger budget or better script (respectively), with as stacked a cast and the advantage of knowing themselves as adaptations from 50 years past?

    A film which establishes its language hard (the first cross-dissolve and match-cut had me gasping) and early (all the canted angles and hi/lo shot-reverse-shots are well and truly in their rhythms before the mystery actually gets underway), and never lets up, then (most importantly) gets in…

Popular reviews

  • Glass Onion

    Glass Onion

    200 Million to have Janelle Monáe put on a number of wigs and accents and outrageously stunning outfits and *Yzma voice* SMASH THINGS WITH A HAMMER?

    Money well fucking spent.

  • The Scarlet Pimpernel

    The Scarlet Pimpernel

    The fashion.
    The double crossing.
    The chemistry between Seymour and Andrews.
    The chemistry between Andrews and McKellen.
    The swashbuckling.
    The romance.
    The drama.
    The shade!