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The Big Sleep

1946, Howard Hawks

19 May 2020

tbh did not really follow the plot, but Lauren! Bacall!'s outfits! and magical voice!

The Third Man

1949, Carol Reed

18 May 2020

was okay, the tone was off (score too bright for a noir). the best part by far was the tunnel chase at the end: interesting echo-y soundscape and amazing high-contrast lighting

Mildred Pierce

1945, Michael Curtiz

1 May 2020

This story has so many layers of complexity that I'm too lazy to parse out, but most of the complexity derives wholely from the Mildred/Veda dynamic, and could be outlined as: the toxic mother-daughter relationship between Mildred and Veda; the impossible push/pull between needing to be upscale mother (i.e. not working, being high-society, being wealthy) and working hard to sustain such a lifestyle; the tragedy that the parent's sacrifice pushes the child away (ultimately to win the child, the parent must give up everything they've worked to create); possibilities of analyzing Mildred as the "father" of the house--missing life while working and trying to buy children's love--and this, perhaps, as the root (according to the film) of Mildred's struggles: attempting to be both mother and father; and, the obvious parasitic nature of money and "lifestyle". The last lines spoke by Mildred, "Darling, I'm sorry. I did the best I could" cap off the film so well. Mildred somehow still loves her rotten daughter--which is sadly (or heroically) how it goes with parents. Also, this is my first Joan Crawford experience!

Singin' in the Rain

Stanley Donnen, Gene Kelly, 1952

29 April 2020

This film was genuinely hilarious with A++++ smiles and some truly beloved crazy cats and amazing nigh-psychadelic dance montages that I wished would never end

also the first time Jean Hagen (who plays Lina Lamont) speaks has got to be the funniest moment in cinematic history

Gaslight

George Cukor, 1944

28 April 2020

hands down the most frightening, uncomfortable movie i've ever seen

Rope

Alfred Hitchcock, 1948

27 April 2020

second Hitchcock film in a week in which a doe-eyed Farley Granger has gotten somehow involved with a murder-happy psychopath. I appreciated the weird camera "transitions" (I put this in quotes because these didn't always change scenes) in this one in which we zoom into someone's back. I also noticed how the film was like an Aristotelian play: unity of time, place, and action. The plot is clearly someone's sadistic nightmare of a dinner party...

Strangers on a Train

Alfred Hitchcock, 1951

24 April 2020

loved the tennis match as an element of suspense. Camera mvmts during this scene were great, and got increasingly erratic which really drove the movie toward its climax at the crazy carousel scene: a mirroring of the first scene of the film with the fast moving train, but like a twisted psychotic version, with the spinning.

Gone with the Wind

Victor Fleming, 1939

22 April 2020

After all, tomorrow is another day!!!!

Reactions:
- I can't believe this was in made in color??
- Clark Gable is not handsome at all, and all of his character's love scenes made me uncomfortable, they were so aggressive and almost all non-consensual. Leslie Howard as Ashley Wilkes though was alright--overall, a darling.
- I appreciate the outright selfishness of Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh), and how slight her character growth was LOL
- Melly Hamilton (Olivia de Havlland) was definitely the best
- This is the 1940's interpretation of the 1860's, what does this even mean for me watching in 2020? It's impossible to say.
- Icky racial politics in this one, but has come some ways from The Birth of a Nation
- Too long, clearly, but still entertaining. I was engaged the whole time, and by the time it was over it felt definitely deserving of the term "epic"

It's a Wonderful Life

Frank Capra, 1946

17 April 2020

Cléo from 5 to 7

Agnès Varda, 1962

12 April 2020

I love the walking, car, and bus scenes in this film. They take their time. As the audience we get to see how the figures in and around Cléo's life seem increasingly to turn on her, what it's like to be a woman, to be a celebrity, to beautiful, to be looked at, to be ignored; we also get Cléo's voice and we get to walk with her--see her day darken and brighten and so forth; meet some old friends, some new ones. It's a special experience. Loved Michel Legrand's cameo character.

Casablanca

Michael Curtiz, 1942

10 April 2020

Ingrid Bergman! It's refreshing to see an old film with a main woman character who's not flat, shrilly, and melodramatic; Bergman was nuanced, multi-faceted, elusive, intense. I was impressed by this film...I liked that the romantic element of the plot was focused on a love affair that was entirely in the past--and so it looked backward, involved lingering emotions, and the aftermath of something that already happened. Humphrey Bogart's character was unpredictable, and Paul Henreid was charming as Victor Laszlo. Bergman is the real show-stealer though...I see the magic in her; will watch more of her films.

Sunset Boulevard

Billy Wilder, 1950

9 April 2020

My Life as a Zucchini

Claude Barras, 2017

8 April 2020

Wow, this was so nuanced..filled with the innocent darkness and sadness of children who've gone through trauma, and ultimately about love and the meaning of home, family. The animation was really cute and strange.

Also, this is the second French movie I've seen that has used Sophie Hunger's "Le vent nous portera" as end credits...it's so good! (The other movie was Cafe de Flore (2011).) Sophie Hunger also wrote the rest of the music for this movie -- which did an excellent job creating rich emotional tones.

Lovely & Amazing

Nicole Holofcener, 2001

7 April 2020

pretty funny
...and a surprise bb jakey g!

The Talented Mr. Ripley

1999, dir. Anthony Minghella, based on Patricia Highsmith's 1955 novel

30 March 2020

so many young beauties, very thrilling and psychotically alluring. somehow matt damon succeeded in being eery and strange by being smiley and baby-faced

The Master

Paul Thomas Anderson, 2012

29 March 2020

Joaquin Phoenix was such a golden boy in this.

Parasite

Bong Joon Ho, 2019

2 March 2020

Ohhhhhhhh my goshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh this is a must watch, this movie was so deserving of every reward. It speaks of life like Shoplifters but with of course added twisted layers like The Handmaiden and some class-based thrill/horror like Get Out. Plus it's absolutely hilarious!

Uncut Gems

Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie, 2019

19 January 2020

A nonstop rollercoaster ride that made me think ... why am I on this rollercoaster

Lost Highway

David Lynch, 1997

8 February 2020

I watched this so that I could read David Foster Wallace's essay on Lynch, "David Lynch Keeps His Head," where DFW does a good job analyzing just why exactly Lynch makes you feel the way you do after watching any of his movies, which is, to be preciese: irrationally frightened out of your mind. Lost Highway was no exception to the Lynch directorial phenomenon for me. It was fascinating and alluring, but I don't think I can take another Lynch movie for a few months.

Enemy

Denis Villeneuve, 2013

4 January 2020

Just...unexpected. A lot of Jakey G content lately.

The King's Speech

Tom Hooper, 2010

1 January 2020