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  • Detour



    I recommend this as a 67 minute nightcap after another film. Yes, I might've reached the point of overdoing it with my film-watching.

    I fully enjoyed Detour. It has all the noir trappings so noir-lovers should love it automatically. It doesn't waste any of its 67 minutes. Most critical to its success is Neal's character. Unlike with most movies, it is easy to put oneself in Roberts's shoes, make all the same decisions, and suffer the same fate: too scared,…

  • Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring

    I'm holding off on rewatches until I have a good solid chunk of the canon under my belt. When that will occur is something I often mull over: it will probably be when I've exhausted the filmographies of my favorite directors and miss them desperately. Until then, a rewatch for me means an accidental one of an unmemorable film from my pre-Letterboxd days, like this one. So somewhat ironically I'll only rewatch films that don't deserve rewatches.

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  • High and Low

    High and Low


    The only Kurosawa I had seen was Rashomon (1950) in a class I took in college called Philosophy and Film. I remember dreading it. I don't care for period pieces. Rashomon surprised me. I was impressed by it. I remember the imagery being awe-inspiring and the film being masterfully put together. That said, I still feel as though Rashomon is overrated. The trifurcated plot device is gimmicky, not in the sense that it is lame, but that it is cause…

  • A Brighter Summer Day

    A Brighter Summer Day


    After seeing Yi Yi (2000) many years ago, and now this, the best word I can think of to describe director Edward Yang is overkill.

    His movies consist of perfectly composed scene after perfectly composed scene after perfectly composed scene after perfectly composed scene.

    Much action occurs, but Yang moves things along in so stately a manner that the most frequent sound is silence.

    The experience of going to see a Yang film is like being excited to dress up…