5/31/2012

Adaptation. (2002) ****

Charlie Kaufman (to Donald Kaufman): You and I share the same DNA. Is there anything more lonely than that?

 John Laroche: OK, fuck the sun dial!

Susan Orlean: I suppose I do have one unembarrassed passion. I want to know what it feels like to care about something passionately.

5/27/2012

THX 1138 - Director's Cut (1971) ****

I'm actually tempted to dock a 1/2 * for the silly CGI added to the Director's Cut, but it's only mildly distracting, for the most part.
Lucas should have stuck to making weird dystopian art films, imo.






5/24/2012

Paris, Texas (1984) ****1/2






 Cabazon Dinosaurs! (first appearance in film; also featured in Pee-wee's Big Adventure and briefly in the video for "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" by Tears For Fears)






5/22/2012

In Cold Blood (1967) ****

Lead by powerful performances by Robert Blake and Scott Wilson, competently directed by Richard Brooks (Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, The Professionals), beautifully shot (and featuring iconic imagery) by master cinematographer Conrad Hall and bouncing along with a jazzy score by Quincy Jones, In Cold Blood, famously based on Truman Capote's book, is a mostly excellent film and has all the trademarks to be a true bonafide ***** classic, but falls short (for me), due to being slightly overlong, the shifting narrative, odd extended tonal switches and weaker performances by supporting actors. But man, those images...






5/18/2012

American Graffiti (1973) ****

Finally saw this for the first time and really liked it.
I'd rather watch this or THX 1138 over any of the Star Wars films (except maybe Empire) any day.



 "It only took me one night to realize if brains were dynamite you couldn't blow your nose."



5/15/2012

Legend - Director's Cut (1985) ****

♥♥♥

  Darkness: Ah, Blix. Come closer. Are you not the most loathsome of my goblins?
Blix: Truly, master.
Darkness: And is your heart black, and full of hate?
Blix: Black as midnight. Black as pitch. Blacker than the foulest witch.

Lily: This place, holds more magic for me than any palace in the world.


 Blunder: She was so sweet. I could eat her brains like jam!

Oona: I could be anything you want me to be, even your heart's desire.

Blix: Higher, higher, burning fire. Making music like a choir! 

Jack: You don't really mean to eat me, do you?  
Meg: Oh, indeed I do! (cackles)

Darkness: We are all animals, m'lady.

There are reasons to appreciate both versions (Theatrical and Director's Cut) of Legend. I think I actually prefer the Theatrical, but Jerry Goldsmith's score in the Director's Cut is truly unique and gives the film a completely different flavor.