opusinthecinema

You can find me at the science fiction double feature in the back row.

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  • 12 Angry Men
  • Hot Tomorrows
  • Day for Night
  • Casino

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  • The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

    ★★★½

  • The General

    ★★★★½

  • The Girl Can't Help It

    ★★★★

  • The Nest

    ★★★★

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  • The Subterraneans

    The Subterraneans

    It's simply a cruel fact of life that with almost every youth subculture or alternative scene, at some point Hollywood and the powers that be will come a knockin' to capitalize, commodify and absorb these outsider movements into the mainstream. We've seen it happen before with the plethora of teenage rock 'n' roll films in the 50's, Marc Jacobs and Budweiser cashing in on the rapidly exploding and then imploding grunge scene in the 90's, hell these days it's not…

  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    Ernest Cline: Hack Fraud, or We Built This Narrative on Nothing but References

    Ready Player One (as in the book this film is adapted from) is without a doubt the worst thing I have ever read. I was assigned it as part of an English class a few years back, around the premiere of the film and knew very little about it other than it being hailed as a sort of holy grail of nerd culture. I personally regard the idea…

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  • The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

    The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

    ★★★½

    "You feel nice in my arms."

    There's just something incredibly soothing and mirthful about these postwar studio comedies, perhaps it was the spirit of the times, the then-developing economic boom, a sense of optimism, call it what you will but these low-stakes films have a particularly sunny disposition.

    The mirth in question here is split three ways, Cary Grant brings his always welcome snappy and smooth charisma, while Myrna Loy exhibits her glamour and playful wit, finally a post-child star…

  • The General

    The General

    ★★★★½

    I don't think I'll ever stop being amazed at how magnificent this film looks, just the thought that all of these amazing sequences were done practically, with everything happening in the same frame, no rear-screen projection, no camera trickery, the stunts and the stakes were all very real. Of course it had to be, filmmaking was still in its infancy, but the technical limitations were ultimately what led to such greatness. This kind of dangerous magic will never happen again,…

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  • Fallen Angels

    Fallen Angels

    ★★★★★

    If I could somehow continually experience the feeling the ending of this film gives me for the rest of my life, I don’t think I’d ever be sad again.

    I think Takeshi Kaneshiro probably plays my favorite character in all of Wong Kar-wai’s films that I’ve seen so far. He’s the quintessential oddball outcast type that roams the Hong Kong streets at night, unable to communicate through verbal means he instead mimes his way through life seeking some kind of…

  • Bad Day at Black Rock

    Bad Day at Black Rock

    ★★★★

    As the MGM Lion roars so does André Previn's score as it comes to life, in bold, yellow letters we see CINEMASCOPE, the very phrase itself an omen of quality when emblazoned on celluloid, then the camera soars down towards a train cutting across a western landscape as the score thunders in unison.

    Films of this stature have long since passed, their stars dead but not forgotten and the magic of them can never be recaptured or even topped, so…