PickledPants

PickledPants

As of now I’m only logging good films (7/10s and above). It’d take so long to do the rest given all the shit I’ve seen in my time.

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  • GoodFellas

    GoodFellas

    ★★★★½

    “Casino” takes this and cranks it. 12 freeze frames, fast and slow dolly moves, splintered cutting. This watch made me realise Marty doesn’t have an emphasis on narrative suspense or twists, his movies play like a montage shaped around the character’s inner monologue.

  • Cape Fear

    Cape Fear

    ★★★★½

    My cup of fucking tea. A guidebook on how to direct a thriller. The third act is polished suspense in all its glory, a rare thing to pull off this well. But really the reason I’m here is for Scorsese’s camerawork. Holy shit we got 16 dolly push ins, zooms galore, crane shots, focus pulls, Dutch angles a couple whip pans and even one split diopter shot. I just described Brian De Palma’s career but from what I’ve seen tonight, this has…

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  • Strangers on a Train

    Strangers on a Train

    ★★★★★

    Pull down my pants and start suckin’, ‘cause Hitchcock just did. I can’t think of many better third acts, holy shit. Alfred old boy directs the fuck out of this. The blocking is genius, I mean there are characters framed in certain ways that speak visual volumes, dimensional use of foreground with background, Dutch angles, hard shadowy lighting, that one fucking glasses shot! Almost perfect, and I believe it’s in Park Chan-wook’s top 10, go figure.

  • In the Mood for Love

    In the Mood for Love

    ★★★★½

    “The mere possibility of a connection, not the connection itself, is what sustains them”. Fantasy and reality permeate into an intertwining blurring of our characters’ worlds. The editing is so seamless that I didn’t even realise they were two seperate occasions taking place on different days. More shocking, it must be wondered if the whole relationship was faked. One giant rehearsal and the editing hid it, could this be a possibility? And maybe they did end up falling into a…