Lockdown ain't that bad when you can spend time watching good movies like this. Perhaps a bit too long and slow-going, but personally didn't care, maybe because I got all the time in the world at the moment. It's a movie as much about a specific period of time, as it is about Woody Guthrie. Great music, of course, and it's absolutely beautiful visually, striking and hazy photography, often reminiscent of Days of Heaven. The movie oozes authenticy in its…
I love stripped-down, dialogue-driven and close-quarter dramas like this, where in the hands of a true master - such as Lumet - the uncinematic becomes cinematic. Telephone exchanges becomes the most tense scenes you'll see. The stark b&w cinematography, claustrophobic close-ups, the use of silence - all magnificent. It stars two of my favorite actors in Fonda and Matthau and my word do they act the shit out of this one. The suspense and emotions builds and builds and the scenario keeps getting more terrifying. Final minutes are haunting beyond words. True shame that the release of Dr. Strangelove completely overshadowed this, they're both magnificent.
So, I’ve finally seen this hugely influential and essential classic. What can I possibly say? It’s Citizen Kane! But oh yes, it's terrific. It's quite an intimidating fact that Welles starred in, wrote, produced and directed probably the most influential film of all time at an age of 25. Well, I still have a few years to accomplish something like that.
also, leaving for Asia for 2 months tomorrow!
A devastating, poetic and stunning depiction of war. There are no battle scenes, all we experience is the consequences of war: one moment Ivan is taking or making commands and works like a soldier, the next he's dreaming of his childhood with his mother. Its a very simple film, but there's such a strength and power underneath because of the direction, cinematography and its atmosphere. The shot of Ivan sleeping with the camera sweeping away and looking up the well,…