• Om Shanti Om

    Om Shanti Om

    no other art form so constantly haunted by its past, literally dancing with its own ghosts

  • A Useful Life

    A Useful Life

    many of the things that are most important to me become less relevant to the world with every day that goes by

    watched on tubi with an adblocker so the ads only play for like a second

  • Just Before Nightfall

    Just Before Nightfall

    "The children are beginning to forget...."

  • Lightning

    Lightning

    stand straight or you'll rot

  • Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    Where I really have trouble with the Hamaguchi films that I have seen thus far is that they seem so remarkably divorced from any sort of recognizable world, yet adhere so strictly to a ‘psychological realism’, its a destabilizing tactic for sure, meticulously implemented and in line with his strategies of performance/fiction and their collisions, but when aspects of The World seep in they appear almost always as blunt thematic referent or contextual tidbits of conversation, and I am not…

  • Cat People

    Cat People

    ecstasy/uneasiness/fear/sadness/acceptance/death

    73 minutes

  • The Black Cat

    The Black Cat

    a contrapuntal musical of bad vibes, where unwitting americanas find themselves trapped in the wrong movie, horrifyingly "confined to the realm of the possible" in a Europe falling off the road into modernism

  • Lonesome

    Lonesome

    good movie but Pál Fejős clearly did not properly account for the scene-stealing beauty of young Andy Devine

  • Cry Macho

    Cry Macho

    total purity, the strained stock of Honkytonk Man, A Perfect World, Gran Torino, and the Mule

  • Foolish Wives

    Foolish Wives

    the number of angles Stroheim uses to cover any given scene is absolutely nuts

    An image to contemplate: in the midst of a violent storm, a dog struggles to carry Karamzin's cane through the muddy river

  • La Marseillaise

    La Marseillaise

    "Sire, do you eat in such circumstances?

    "And why not? The stomach is ignorant to the subtleties of politics."

    we don't see Robespierre or Rousseau, or the storming of the Bastille, instead we get polemics on tomatoes

    Interestingly enough, a failure in the French box office and both in the left wing and right wing press, but in the USSR over 7 million people saw it in two weeks.

  • Johnny Guitar

    Johnny Guitar

    A touching detail unremarked upon in Vienna's oft-remarked upon final outfit, the vibrant yellow shirt and red ascot which clash so violently aren't hers, they were Turkey's