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  • Mon Oncle

    Mon Oncle

    ★★★★★

    "(looks behind) So that gesture, not music not odour, would be a universal language, the gift of tongues rendering visible not the lay sense but the first entelechy, the structural rhythm"

    —Stephen Dedalus in Ulysses


    Tati is a painter, composer, choreographer, mime, journalist, clown, cartoonist, architect, and more. Which is to say he's a filmmaker.

  • He Loves Me... He Loves Me Not

    He Loves Me... He Loves Me Not

    ★★

    Should be remade, probably with the genders swapped. As is, it has the potential to be a clever genre critique, but is too dumb & misogynist to do much of anything.

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  • Body Double

    Body Double

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    "There's a man following you."
    "I know."
    "No, uh...it's not me."


    It's been said the cruelest sleight-of-hand Hitchcock ever pulled on the American public was turning a beloved movie star like Jimmy Stewart into a damaged, domineering wretch like Scottie Ferguson. The cruelest and funniest prank De Palma ever pulled was recasting the role of Scottie Ferguson with Craig Wasson. Wasson is to Stewart what Body Double is to Vertigo, and what De Palma's L.A. is to Hitchcock's San Francisco;…

  • Twin Peaks: The Return

    Twin Peaks: The Return

    Not a dream, like the rest of Lynch's work, but an alternate reality.

    Its dream logic is continually put at odds with explanation, with high-def digital photography, with slow, deliberate rhythms; documentary always seeping through (Frost vs. Lynch?). As Miriam Bale says, it's Kansas and Oz at the same time. And the series is also an alternate reality in the sense of the complete, obsessive immersion it asks of the viewer. The only non-Lynch predecessors that come to mind are…