Alec Lane

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”what the hell do critics know?” - jason derulo

Favorite films

  • Strangers When We Meet
  • Rio Bravo
  • An American Romance
  • Man's Castle

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  • Friday the 13th Part 2

  • Friday the 13th

    ★½

  • Drive-Away Dolls

    ½

  • They/Them

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  • The Killer

    The Killer

    ★★★★

    A movie about dislocation—not just in the globalist sense of its division by the different settings, but in a deeper, ontological way in which one’s way of being-in-the-world is only ever whole by illusion. In this picture’s vision of contemporary life the sense of one’s place in the world is always fragmented and its solidification all but unattainable, at least insofar as one subscribes to the dominant modes of being. It is because the main subject exists across the film’s…

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  • Man's Castle

    Man's Castle

    ★★★★★

    The full 78 minute version of this marvelous film, as originally released in 1933 and recently restored, is currently streaming on TCM. Watch it while you can!

  • Psycho

    Psycho

    ★★★★★

    Hitchcock's form may reasonably be described as manipulative, a “thrill ride” following a more-or-less predetermined path confirming the notions of its world with which it sets out–its opening shot scans the Phoenix skyline, eventually closing in on Janet Leigh's Marion who will take us to the heart of what is called sickness as though it knows exactly where to look. While this aesthetic principle, which applies to most of the filmmakers most beloved works, can so easily result in an…

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  • Here and Elsewhere

    Here and Elsewhere

    Embodies the 70s Godard aesthetic of excessive stimulation not only because it employs it, but because that’s what it’s dealing with on the thematic level as well. Even in the bourgeois French home, the children watch TV, then do homework, then eat dinner—an itinerary with little room for deviation. The idea of overstimulation is similar: if we are being faced with an unending succession of stimuli, which will each naturally seem to build upon the prior given the simple fact…

  • Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

    Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

    ★★★★★

    After the second watch I’m thinking this is the best movie I’ve ever seen. I’m usually not one to make this sort of judgement so hastily, but this is the kind of movie that makes you reconsider just about any other that you’ve watched. Intolerance is constantly giving you so much information that you fear throughout the runtime that you will have forgotten key elements by the end. But when the picture is finished, you can’t deny the enormity of…