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  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast


    Watched for the Cult Movie Challenge 2018

    Week 30 - Psychotronic Encyclopedia Week

    Quite possibly one of the most beautiful movies I've ever seen, Cocteau's version of the classic tale must have been at least partially an inspiration for the Disney version, what with the human-armed candelabras and other magical elements. I had forgotten the aspect of the story about Belle going home and the Beast falling ill because of it. Cocteau is a wizard with filmmaking, and is a true beneficiary of Melies's magic. After seeing only two films, I think he's become one of my favourite directors.

  • Orpheus



    Watched for the Letterboxd Season Challenge 2017-2018

    Week 16 - Roger Ebert Week

    Incredibly beatiful, especially seeing it in 35mm with an attentive, almost enraptured audience. Wonderful practical effects throughout, starting with the negative image of the trees and road, much like what we saw used in Nosferatu. Running the film in reverse, popping in and out of mirrors, one could almost think you're watching Mary Poppins, if Mary Poppins was the Princess of Death come to take Bert to…

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  • The Musketeers of Pig Alley

    The Musketeers of Pig Alley


    Watched for the Film School Drop Outs Weekly Challenge 2018

    Week 1 - Lillian Gish

    I had to change my first film for availability, so instead of my original selection of True Heart Susie, I'm instead watching The Musketeers of Pig Alley, but I think I'm starting the year out right with this one.

    Astounding film for its time. Lillian Gish's acting is subtle and understated, yet I feel it conveys her emotional state well. The gangsters are over-the-top, almost…

  • PlayTime



    I first saw Playtime about twenty years ago at the Oak Street. It was possibly the same print. I had forgotten much about the audio of the film and that while it has little discernible dialog, it is anything but quiet. My friends who came along quite enjoyed it, but the sound was a little overwhelming for them. Everything makes a noise in the film, from footsteps to sitting in a chair. 

    What appears to be absolutely chaos is so…