Feels like the movie gets perpetually more sun-baked with every passing second - in the best way possible.
The way Hellman’s camerawork and editing work to place you in the middle of a purgatory of unease is fascinating.
“It's like a fellow I once knew in El Paso. One day, he just took all his clothes off and jumped in a mess of cactus. I asked him that same question, ‘Why?’”
“He said, ‘It seemed to be a good idea at the time.’”
A remake of an absolute classic that’s gone on to influence myriad better movies. Like practically all of Sturges’ movies, this one’s sturdy but also so staid everything kind of feels like wallpaper.
A month ago, my incredible fiancée asked me what, above all else, I wanted for my 30th birthday. I told her I simply wanted to be with the people I love most on this planet - my family and my friends.
In the pit of my stomach, I knew I wanted this quite desperately - but because of the living see-saw that the world under quarantine has become, I knew I shouldn’t set my expectations too high. I would’ve gladly…
When I was in college, I had a professor who succinctly expressed the reason why a single movie could inspire a multitude of reactions from its audience:
“We all have a different emotional landscape,” he said. A different set of experiences that have defined our lives for better, for worse, that shape our reactions to art and expression.
Emotional landscape. I’ve thought about that phrase ever since, especially when encountering works that might have hit a nerve deep within me…