I continuously used him as a human shield and then I threw him down the escalator.
I really like anthologies and kinetic stuff.
Criterion Challenge Film 11: 1930s
The last movie we watched for this challenge was Speedy, and true to its name kineticism was everywhere. The characters moved, the camera moved, and the focus moved.
This film is quite the opposite.
Fritz Lang loves contrast, he loves strange alliances, but above all else Fritz Lang loves to linger. Everything moves like black molasses on white paper: it gleams while it creeps and crawls. It finishes entirely in its own time. Characters spend…
There was an old article I read detailing the follies of early narrative cinema. I'm not sure of the title or author (you'll have to excuse me, I'm pretty sure I was a teenager at the time) but one of the central messages really stuck with me:
In early cinema, cinematography didn't really exist. The closest storytelling performance medium was the theater. As such, many movies were filmed as if they were a play, and the camera was just the…
Quick note: I've seen (and liked) Kong: Skull Island but I haven't seen a single one of the other movies that led into this one. I don't think it really mattered.
It's not rare for a movie to use up all its best ideas in the first part and then peter out. It's much less common for a movie to really annoy me at the beginning and redeem itself. I couldn't stand the opening twenty minutes. If anyone actually reads…