Brian Donlevy stan account.
Fourth favorite is a recent watch that I particularly dug.
The Night of the Hunter takes place in three distinct physical and emotional spaces.
First, there is the hard, real world of the Depression. A world in which good men turn to crime out of desperation; in which selfishness is an unrelenting reality; in which people are so desperate for affection and guidance that they'll take them from anyone who offers, no matter how cheap its gilding. It's this world that traps Willa Harper, a woman whose exhaustion and hopelessness…
I love this movie beyond measure. I love its chokingly lyrical (and so very Raymond Chandler), inch perfect screenplay. I love its dark humor, and the absurdity of glamorous Phyllis and anxious Walter skulking around a grocery store so aggressively sterile it seems to come from inside the monolith in 2001. I love the long takes, and the way the austerity of Billy Wilder's shooting style contrasts so perfectly with the labyrinthine language and tale it's recording. But, most of…
There is waaaaay too much going on in Make Your Own Bed for any of it to hold together (People hired to pretend to be German spies and killers — in order to keep a butler, obv — are really German spies and killers? Is someone wooing someone else's wife? And what's all this about tomatoes?), but virtually every scene in which Jack Carson and Jane Wyman appear together is so charming that it makes all of the stupid, cringey…
Spoiler in the last line.
Nobody looks at failures. ... I am amongst the victorious — the strong. The weak deserve a regrettable, inglorious fate. The weak don't count.
Marcos Arizmendi (Pedro Armendáriz) is a man to whom no one says "no." His status as a world class pelotari (jai alai player) grants him absolute authority over his environment, an authority he wields with glee, and without the slightest hint of hesitation. He is rude and dismissive to men and…
Some movies are emotions more than they are stories. Some leave behind feelings in their wake, rather than images. Some films drain you entirely, rather than filling you up.
All that Jazz is one of those films, made by a man of great ego about his own weakness; about his own monstrous presence in the lives of the women who love him; about his inability to achieve the greatness to which he feels obligated. It's an evisceration of self on…
The amount of joy I took from this movie is probably out of proportion to its quality. Clocking in at under an hour, it's a lighter-than-air, silly romance about a charming(ly?) aggressive rich guy, and the cynical girl he wins over by masquerading as a working stiff.
The stars are Gene Raymond (as Dick) at the peak of his dynamism and beauty (George Sidney was not wrong when he described Raymond as "the most gorgeous thing the world had…