Bylines: The Movie Sleuth, Film Combat Syndicate
Generally thinking about Kristen Stewart or Scott Adkins.
Realized I never logged my favorite film of all time. Here’s what I wrote about it 2017:
The questions asked of us by Olivier Assayas in his second collaboration with Kristen Stewart swirl around the film like one of its spirits, haunting you and pulling at you. And like a spirit, the answers are often times easy to miss and if you do find them, they're inevitably hard to grapple with. Assayas weaves a brilliantly intricate tale of love, loss,…
Adored this. My favorite kind of messily indulgent and vulnerable filmmaking. It’s so audaciously open, wrestling with the dissolution of a marriage while embracing and dissecting every shitty conjecture made about her by the press. No wonder it was panned.
“I noticed the hole.”
The hole in the wall acting as portal to the marriage’s past joys, failed hopes & everything in between is brilliant. Jolie turns our voyeurism of her & her marriage into a cathartic bit of foreplay, slowly bringing…
“Dream much, Will?”
Rewatched this and couldn’t believe how alien this is visually compared to Mann’s other work. The trademarks are there but this is jagged in form, textured in fits and starts, almost like experiencing a psychotic break in real time. Voyeuristic without ever adhering to the signifiers Hitchcock or De Palma laid down. Just creating its own fucked up visual language as it goes. Incredible.
Every Michael Mann film feels like he traveled to another universe and brought something back we shouldn’t be seeing. It’s a sensory overload in ways that you can’t wrap your head around.
Cannot wrap my head around this being a debut. As confident and calculated as his subjects, Mann lays out every single thing he’d ever explore into one hazy, subterranean nightmare where the oceans of escape are always out of reach. Every frame makes me want to cry.
There’s so much of his late period, particularly Miami Vice and Blackhat wrapped up into Frank. It’s astonishing.
Caan gives one of American cinema’s greatest performances. I feel as delirious now as I…
Daniel Eugene Crain was born on August 26th, 1966 to Angie Torcaso. By all accounts a happy and healthy child, Daniel grew up loving Star Trek and The Six Million Dollar Man. Initially dropping out of high school, Daniel eventually received his GED. When we meet him, he’s living in Lawrenceville, a neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Mae Elaine Streussnig was born on September 9th, 1968. A confident and competitive child, she grew up roughhousing with her six siblings and participating…