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  • Duel



    An auspicious start for Spielberg. Terrific vehicle POV opening title sequence getting us out of LA.

    OLD GUY: Jes' a little whiplash, is all!

    Laundromat lady at first gas station, verge-of-paranoia voiceovers, problems at home defending your wife from sexually aggressive friends at dinner parties (and "my car's just not that powerful"; another sure sign of low-alpha status), low angle billiard shots, lizard-like wide angle eyeball close ups, zooms. Lynchian diner scenes. Car graveyard. Classic moody Jerry Goldsmith score.


  • First Blood

    First Blood


    I do like the Kotcheff style: quality framing and editing, and guys spilling their guts out literally and/or figuratively. Saw and can recommend Wake in Fright, Dick and Jane, Duddy Kravitz, and finally this essential John J. Rambo.

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  • L’argent



    The doors and windows of bourgeois Paris open and close. Bresson dissects Tolstoy's moral tale of how the system favors those who have, and destroys the have nots.

    There are just some incredible shots in this film, about how a petty crime has violent repercussions. Time and again Bresson puts his camera just out of the frame of the violence. A woman carrying a mug of morning coffee is slapped in the face, but we see the coffee cup not…

  • Diary of a Shinjuku Thief

    Diary of a Shinjuku Thief


    The spirit of Jean-Luc Godard (complete with shocking switch to color--red white and blue; and intertitles on the time and weather in world cities) moves to the flagship Kinokuniya Bookstore in Tokyo and discusses the psychology of kleptomania and sexual liberation, 1968 style.

    The Ali Baba guy and his little theater troupe (turns out these guys Juro Kara and his legendary Situation Theater, who were an "epiphany of the postmodern theater movement", but I like to think of them as…