AuteurTheory

AuteurTheory

"I hate life! The torment, the cruelty of it." -Limelight

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  • To Be or Not to Be

    To Be or Not to Be

    ★★★★

    The last time I saw this, I didn’t think it was one of Lubitsch’s best. Maybe 15 years and an upgrade to the Criterion Blu-ray will change that. 
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    “You might offend Hitler.”
    “Well wouldn’t that be too bad?”

    It seems like Lubitsch’s heart was more in the drama than the comedy. That- and the WWII backdrop, heavy on the nazis- creates a conflicted tone that I never quite vibed with. 
    Jack Benny and Carole Lombard’s characters are shady, and…

  • The Devil In Miss Jones

    The Devil In Miss Jones

    ★★★★½

    First of all, I love the song at the beginning. Somber piano and strings. Mournful vocals.
    Second of all, I hope Letterboxd doesn’t delete this art house porn horror oddity. There is a softcore version, after all. It’s included on this DVD release. 
    The suicide scene is one of the saddest and most beautiful suicides I’ve seen since THE RULES OF ATTRACTION. That scene alone proves that this is a legit film. 

    It’s like an erotic Twilight Zone that takes place in a sexual purgatory. 
    The end is so disturbing. I wonder what the softcore version is like.

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  • Thief

    Thief

    ★★★★½

    I’ve never liked a Michael Mann film, but I have such a good feeling about this one I picked up the Criterion BluRay. I also hear it might have been an influence on Drive, so let’s find out...
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    Oh god yes. Gimme that rain soaked neon synth city shit all day. 
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    I was like “how is Jon Belushi so thin?” Then I remembered Jim Belushi exists. 
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    Willie Nelson. 
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    OK, our protagonist is not a good guy.…

  • Les Vampires: Episode Two - The Ring That Kills

    Les Vampires: Episode Two - The Ring That Kills

    ★★★★

    A little bit le grand guignol, a little bit gothic pulp. This may be one of the shortest episodes, but it features one of the most iconic scenes of the silent era.