• The Great White Silence

    The Great White Silence

    Very harsh going from one hour of goofy seals, wacky penguins and the n-word cat to the disaster of Scott's expedition and his heroic death for the glory of Great Britain.

  • The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

    The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

    ★★★★

    Somewhere between Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Gummo

  • Only Angels Have Wings

    Only Angels Have Wings

    ★★★★½

    A manly movie for men, seeking out danger and unable to open up about their feelings. Love Howard Hawks, love Cary Grant, love the tense flying scenes, etc.

  • Top Hat

    Top Hat

    ★★★½

    I loved how long the absurd misunderstanding kept on going. I wish it didn't deflate anticlimactically. The first dance number is pretty funny though on the whole they're gratuitous yet also fairly sparse. Moment-to-moment spectacle without a lot going on really; even the final song is just Italian-themed rather than about anything.

  • Shooting Stars

    Shooting Stars

    ★★★★

    Much more serious than expected from its pun of a title and comedic opening scene. Rock solid late 20's filmmaking in any case, with some clever ideas.

  • Late Spring

    Late Spring

    ★★★★

    Can't believe it's been over five years since I've seen an Ozu. I was definitely more receptive this time around, especially when the film is at its most poetic and wordless.

  • It Happened in Broad Daylight

    It Happened in Broad Daylight

    ★★★

    A procedural-ish with the classic pop psychology and cop intuition. Nothing extraordinary but it was fun seeing Michel Simon in a German-language movie (not enough of him unfortunately).

    I like that moment when Heinz Rühmann stops by an inn with "Grisons" written on the wall, gets out of his car to look at a Grisons licence plate in closeup being like "yes it seems I am in the Grisons indeed", then gets back on the road.

  • A Man There Was

    A Man There Was

    ★★★

    A flatly delivered little moral tale to take your family to after mass or something. Great craftsmanship.

  • Footlight Parade

    Footlight Parade

    ★★★½

    It just wouldn't be as fun if the stakes were higher than producing slop for the culture industry

  • Sound of the Mountain

    Sound of the Mountain

    ★★★★

    I like how this is for the most part devoid of big dramatic moments, wide ups and downs. Not a film of lessons learned and comfortable resolution nor heightened tragedy. Something much more quotidian.

  • The Fire Within: Requiem for Katia and Maurice Krafft

    The Fire Within: Requiem for Katia and Maurice Krafft

    ★★★

    A little disjointed between the biographical throughline, pretty lava and misery voyeurism.

  • The Birth of a Nation

    The Birth of a Nation

    ½

    What is to be valued in The Birth of a Nation? The techniques of bedazzlement and manipulation, the epic scale and quick cross-cutting keeping the audience thoughtlessly entertained? A post-hoc century of Great Cinema supposedly resting upon its shoulders? I don't believe there is any inherent value to cinema or its techniques. If this is a landmark in film history I don't admire it; if anything its existence makes me think less of the art form.

    I think great art…