"When making a werewolf movie on a limited budget (which describes nearly all werewolf movies released these days), the power of suggestion can be a useful tool for a director to have in their kit. Add some growling to a tracking shot and the audience will fill in the rest. Whichever marginally defined character is being followed at that moment is likely being stalked by some unseen creature and the actor playing them probably won’t be showing up on the…
"One of the most heartbreaking scenes in Samuel Fuller’s hard-boiled oeuvre comes partway through his 1953 noir Pickup on South Street (streaming this month as part of the Criterion Channel’s “Fox Noir” series). Necktie-and-information peddler Moe Williams comes home to her cramped apartment after a long day and a hard life, trudges over to her bed, puts on a 78, and lies back to add up the numbers and see how close she is to affording her long-sought-after funeral plot.…
"I wish I could pay him back and not be so humiliated."
If it's true no good deed goes unpunished -- and writer/director Asghar Farhadi certainly seems to believe that's the case -- then that goes double for a good deed you're backed into doing by circumstances beyond your control -- which Farhadi is also a big proponent of -- and still want to take credit for.
"You didn't invent my sadness."
This is how you handle temporal anomalies, with as few attempts at explaining/rationalizing the situation as possible. It helps that it happens to an eight-year-old girl, who befriends the eight-year-old version of her mother and immediately grasps how fleeting their connection is. Nelly's ability to roll with things clues in the viewer that they should just roll with them, too.
Speaking of fleeting, more films should aim for a 72-minute running time.
This "film" has a running time of about 79 minutes. Here's how that breaks down:
5.5% - Kirk Cameron's smug, hot chocolate-obsessed introduction
3% - A seemingly unmotivated cutaway to what looks like a much more interesting movie but is, in fact, not (Bonus: We get to see this footage again in its entirety when it's placed in the proper context)
2.5% - Cheaply animated opening credits set to a ska cover of "Silent Night"
7.5% - Kirk's "brother-in-law" --…