AuteurTheory

AuteurTheory

"I hate life! The torment, the cruelty of it." -Limelight

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  • The Blackbird

    The Blackbird

    ★★★★½

    The shape that the crippled Bishop is frozen into reminds me of Pan playing the flute. I wonder if that was an inspiration for Chaney. 
    Some of Tod Browning’s strongest direction is on display here. I say it’s up there with THE UNKNOWN, arguably his best film. 
    Chaney is reliably invested in his role(s) of the villain, Renee Adoree is beautiful and charismatic, but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Owen Moore in an understated performance as Chaney’s…

  • They Go Boom!

    They Go Boom!

    ★★★★

    “Aren’t you sorry?”

    It’s so cute that they sleep together. But the look of fear and confusion on Ollie’s face when Stan touches his ass is priceless. 

    “Why don’t you be a gentleman?”

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  • Thief

    Thief

    ★★★★½

    I’ve never liked a Michael Mann film, but I have such a good feeling about this one I picked up the Criterion BluRay. I also hear it might have been an influence on Drive, so let’s find out...
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    Oh god yes. Gimme that rain soaked neon synth city shit all day. 
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    I was like “how is Jon Belushi so thin?” Then I remembered Jim Belushi exists. 
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    Willie Nelson. 
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    OK, our protagonist is not a good guy.…

  • The Devils

    The Devils

    ★★★★

    I’m too tired to write about this debauched classic, but the crocodile was amazing. 
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    I ended up going to bed and finishing it today, but I couldn’t post this without saying a few things. For example, the hunchbacked nun (Vanessa Redgrave) is a great character, it might make my list of favorites. I couldn’t possibly go without mentioning how comical Oliver Reed looks as Jesus (luckily that was a short sequence). His head is just so damn wide and…