3/31/2017

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.

3/30/2017

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.

3/28/2017

The Love Witch (2016) ***

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

3/17/2017

Focus On Film: Episode 51 – June 2017 Criterion Titles

Focus On Film Episode 51 is up!

Danmman and Rygar talk a lot about films they haven't seen, bad movies that are bad, a Glass named Philip + more!

In this episode:

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


3/09/2017

The Front Page (1931) ***1/2

A perfect example of how a "remake" (HIS GIRL FRIDAY) greatly improved upon a solid film (this one) by switching one of its lead's gender, amping up the comedy and speed, and how much a top notch director (and a crackerjack cast) makes a difference. A lot of the dialogue and scenarios are identical in both films but HGF is a classic and while THE FRONT PAGE (remade again in 1974 by Billy Wilder) is a good film (with some pretty great camerawork), it doesn't hold a candle.