You'll stand proud, face upheld
And I'll follow you, into Heaven or Hell
And I'll become, as a girl
In the desperate kingdom of love.
movies of the week
The Big Sleep
A film far more interested in showing us why Bogart is such a badass. That’s your typical Hawksian self-reflexive approach, but it takes itself less seriously than other noir. I love it tho. (And that scene in the bookshop.) Bacall is in on the joke and brings her own presence to the screen that helpfully moves the story along. Still a favorite of mine and a pleasure to revisit after a few years.
Night and the City
Now this is a great film noir. I’m most impressed by the locations and cinematography, but Widmark’s desperation is the soul of it. He truly possesses film which I found quite compelling. The whole cast is great, but it all bounces off Widmark.
A favorite neonoir that I enjoy for it not trying to do too much. Lots of silence, not too many characters, understated acting, and spare mise-en-scene. The location shooting is great, too. I’m glad it’s streaming on Netflix now for more to see.
Another good Johnnie To film that’s heavier on story than style. I like Drug War and The Mission much more although this is a nice change of pace. I like to see here how he directs actors and each scene really moves everything forward with well-placed spots to explain the background. There’s more of a focus on the characters and to my delight this is one of the better gang movies I’ve seen.
I love how this one was staged and shot. Great use of interior space and so many good close-ups of Bergman and Ullmann. Criterion’s new transfer is wonderful, of course.
I love water imagery and seeing it in anime is even better. I found this one quite enjoyable.
The Manchurian Candidate
I found this one fascinating and a great exposition of Cold War angst. It also features one of my favorite film violence tropes: people getting shot in the head. The murder of Jordan and Jocelyn is a great piece of mise-en-scene: Raymond kneeling over Jordan’s body then shooting Jocelyn down the hallway - all in one take with no cuts. His subsequent grief is the grim counterpoint to his cold-blooded efficiency, but that one scene done so well is truly horrifying. As is Angela Lansbury who upstaged everyone else late in the film with her speech to Raymond. That’s one of the best scenes ever in a movie. Her speech should be used by more people to audition actors. It was quite chilling.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
This is much better than the first one - still as shy in showing violence tho - but it wasn’t too interesting to me until the last two scenes. I’m told this is more of a transitional film so the next part should be better. Any movie with Stanley Tucci and Philip Seymour Hoffman isn’t all bad - I could go for more scenes of Sutherland and Hoffman together - but this one was shot more like television and could have used further cutting in every scene to reduce a lot of dead space. It’s great to see the film giving the acting room in each scene, but at 146 minutes the number of cuts to help the pacing seemed more needed. No kudos to my local theater starting the show fifteen minutes early.
For The Love of Movies
A decent overview of the history of American film criticism. It was quite sad to watch whenever the recently deceased Sarris, Ebert, and Kauffmann appeared, however. The time spent on the Kael-Sarris spat was interesting. I’d never heard her voice before so that was a treat. Too bad the criminally underrated Molly Haskell hasn’t received an iota of the fame that, say, a Camille Paglia has garnered. John Simon was not interviewed, obviously.
I always give books. And I always ask for books. I think you should reward people sexually for getting you books. Don’t send a thank-you note, repay them with sexual activity. If the book is rare or by your favorite author or one you didn’t know about, reward them with the most perverted sex act you can think of. Otherwise, you can just make out.
- 1. selfie
- 2. what would you name your future kids?
- 3. do you miss anyone?
- 4. what are you looking forward to?
- 5. is there anyone who can always make you smile?
- 6. is it hard for you to get over someone?
- 7. what was your life like last year?
- 8. have you ever cried because you were so annoyed?
- 9. who did you last see in person?
- 10. are you good at hiding your feelings?
- 11. are you listening to music right now?
- 12. what is something you want right now?
- 13. how do you feel right now?
- 14. when was the last time someone of the opposite sex hugged you?
- 15. personality description
- 16. have you ever wanted to tell someone something but you didn't?
- 17. opinion on insecurities.
- 18. do you miss how things were a year ago?
- 19. have you ever been to New York?
- 20. what is your favourite song at the moment?
- 21. age and birthday?
- 22. description of crush.
- 23. fear(s)
- 24. height
- 25. role model
- 26. idol(s)
- 27. things i hate
- 28. i'll love you if...
- 29. favourite film(s)
- 30. favourite tv show(s)
- 31. 3 random facts
- 32. are your friends mainly girls or guys?
- 33. something you want to learn
- 34. most embarrassing moment
- 35. favourite subject
- 36. 3 dreams you want to fulfill?
- 37. favourite actor/actress
- 38. favourite comedian(s)
- 39. favourite sport(s)
- 40. favourite memory
- 41. relationship status
- 42. favourite book(s)
- 43. favourite song ever
- 44. age you get mistaken for
- 45. how you found out about your idol
- 46. what my last text message says
- 47. turn ons
- 48. turn offs
- 49. where i want to be right now
- 50. favourite picture of your idol
- 51. starsign
- 52. something i'm talented at
- 53. 5 things that make me happy
- 54. something thats worrying me at the moment
- 55. tumblr friends
- 56. favourite food(s)
- 57. favourite animal(s)
- 58. description of my best friend
- 59. why i joined tumblr
- 60. ask me anything you want