Focus On Film: Episode 52 - July 2017 Criterion Titles

Focus On Film Episode 52 is up!

Danman and Rygar discuss the current hip lingo that the kids are into these days, our new working relationship, ))<>(( + more!

In this episode:

"Focus On Film Theme" & commercial music: Daniel Sardella


Lifeforce (1985) ****

Railsback goes off the rails. May hypnotizes every male character (and viewer) with her clothes-defying performance. Hooper and O'Bannon chock this bonkers film to the brim with everything and the kitchen sink - space vampires, zombies, over the top performances, ridiculous dialogue, gonzo special f/x, breakneck pace, action, and a gigantic and rousing score by Henry Mancini. Even by Golan and Globus standards LIFEFORCE is nuts. The 1980s were truly a wonderful time that can only be imitated, never replicated.


Miracle Mile (1988) *****

Wow. Wow wow wow. How had I never seen this or even heard of this film before the Blu-ray release? Even among my more cinema literate friends, I'd never heard mention of it. I've never seen another film like this. If you haven't seen it, I recommend going in largely blind, like I did. This writeup is worth reading, once you've seen the film.

Jim Thompson 'Roughneck' (1954) ***1/2

Partially autobiographical, partially fictionalized account of Thompson's life before becoming a successful writer, making for a bit of a departure from his usual pulp/crime style.


Paterson (2016) ****1/2

A poem for a poetic film about a poet:

Paterson Of Paterson

Paterson of Paterson,
loves his gorgeous cupcake-making
chiaroscuro-obsessed wife,
Lives with a devil dog, drives a bus,
sees twins and meets other poets.

Meet The Feebles (1989) ***1/2

Jackson's perverse and profane puppet show still packs a punch.


Safe (1995) ****

I was in the perfect mindset to finally get around to viewing this film tonight, having been sick for about 4 weeks now with a dry cough and at a point in my life where I feel dispassionate and find it hard to truly connect with people. Moore's perfectly understated performance, Hayne's appropriately flat direction and Tomney's moody ambient score make for a powerful film.


Alejandro Jodorowsky 'Where The Bird Sings Best' (1992) ****

Exactly what I expected one of Jodorowsky's books to read like. As with his films - surrealist, fantastical, absurd - filled with passion, nihilism, beauty, ugliness, poetry, religion, politics.


The Love Witch (2016) ***

Visually impressive and fun but it loses steam around the halfway mark and could have easily been 30 mins shorter.