A better To Have and Have Not than the most famous one, even if lower on star wattage and delectable Hawksian atmosphere. Hugely made up by being such a tense, grimy, and morally complex noir. Final shot a killer.
This is still precisely infectious joy, and especially after Last Night in Soho, proves Wright really needs either Pegg as co-writer or a source material to adapt. May need him to do another adaptation to pinpoint though if this is just a perfect marriage of material and director, where the lead's worldview of locked-in adolescence rhymes perfectly with Wright's visual technique.
Anyway, Scott Pilgrim would make a good double feature with director's next The World's End, where it goes from…
It has been much lauded for the homage and respect of the monster's origin and subsequent stories, but for me the monster stuff strongly evokes Spielberg in his spectacle prime. The way the movie reveals tidbits about Godzilla and teases its full appearance really helps build the mystique and grandeur. Each glimpse has thrilling impact, and it builds to one of the most satisfying blockbuster climaxes in recent memory. The director is also smart in how he frames the monsters,…
Part of the 30 Countries May Challenge. Canada.
This is my third Cronenberg after A History of Violence and The Fly, and it seems I haven't hit upon one of his full-body-horror, crazy shows yet. This is really restrained, feeling like it's patiently building towards some grand finale, with the most vivid image confined to a dream sequence and the disturbing stuff mostly implied than shown (which can still draw squirms-a-plenty though). Appropriate, because it allows the best special effect…