Neill Shaughness

All of my reviews are invitations to comment. I want to have conversations about these movies.

Favorite films

  • The Bridge on the River Kwai
  • Nights of Cabiria
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock
  • Ashes and Diamonds

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  • Gentleman Jim

    ★★★½

  • October (Ten Days that Shook the World)

    ★★★½

  • The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum

    ★★★★½

  • Divorce Italian Style

    ★★★★½

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  • Gentleman Jim

    Gentleman Jim

    ★★★½

    Starting off the back half of 2022 with fight flick.

    The boxing scenes themselves are the highlight of this film. They are surprisingly sophisticated for their time. The characters are pretty one note and cartoonish, though the leading man and lady are entertaining enough with their antagonistic flirtation. As far as the story goes, it is impressively engaging for such an elemental concept of an amateur making it big. I wouldn't call the movie realistic (despite being based on a true story), but I did get the sense while watching it that the writer was a fan of, or at least understood, boxing.

  • October (Ten Days that Shook the World)

    October (Ten Days that Shook the World)

    ★★★½

    Top 100 Directors Challenge

    #24: Sergei Eisenstein

    I love how the Bolsheviks are depicted as an incredible united front, excepting Trotsky who gets done pretty dirty in this propaganda.

    At one point a peacock is filmed more menacingly and terrifyingly than any cinematic dinosaur could ever be.

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  • Picnic at Hanging Rock

    Picnic at Hanging Rock

    ★★★★★

    Some dreams seem safe in the moment but upon waking reflection feel like nightmares. This may not be the best allegory for viewing Picnic At Hanging Rock but it's the best I can conjure. This movie is chilling in the oddest ways. To be clear, I love this movie. I looooove this movie.
    Weir takes us through a hypnotic account of an unsolved mystery from the turn of the 20th century in Australia. Chronicling the disappearance of several young women…

  • And the Ship Sails On

    And the Ship Sails On

    ★★★★★

    Criterion challenge #27.
    Watch a Fellini Film.

    Nice try, Fellini. You may have replaced the cast with human beings, but you can't fool me. I know a Muppets movie when I see one.