Ruth Scouller

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Favorite films

  • A Patch of Blue
  • High Society
  • Benediction
  • Shakespeare-Wallah

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  • Mommie Dearest

    ★★★

  • Always Another Dawn

    ★★★★

  • Paris

    ★★★

  • The Eye of the Storm

    ★★★★

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  • Rashomon

    Rashomon

    ★★★★★

    On this viewing I couldn't help but read it through the Heigo-Akira sibling relationship. Older brother Heigo taught Akira to never shy away from unpleasant truths, and found status and influence through his work as a silent film narrator (benshi). But when the pictures began to talk for themselves, as talkies innovated the medium, Heigo's calling evaporated and he soon committed suicide. The chapter Akira wrote on this many years later was titled A Story I Don't Want to Tell...…

  • Scarface

    Scarface

    ★★★★

    After a dozen years in the wilderness, I feel the tide is turning and Scarface is finally coming back into vogue with me. In my last few years of high school it was the only real challenger to The Godfather in my affections, but come my twenties I grew out of it. I think for me now the resurgent appeal comes down to the oldschool gangster melodrama, the vibrant sets, De Palma's measured shot choices and camera moves being on…

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  • Paris

    Paris

    ★★★

    This is a big-city ensemble-heavy Klapisch-Duris, so you kind of know the kind of level you'll be getting here. It's spread a little too thin across its strands and falls back on a lot of Parisian cliched tropes. Still, the prestige cast and a sprinkling of kino moments, social observations, contemporary timestamps and needledrop dances lift this into a barest three. Duris is sporting a buzz (and seemingly wastes his personal photographic archive upon this project) here in sadsack people-watching…

  • The Eye of the Storm

    The Eye of the Storm

    ★★★★

    Patrick White is one of my most preferred writers. Even those of his books that are harder to love unconditionally are nevertheless a well of incredible writing and distinct to him. He is the kind of writer you wouldn't mind completing as his books are the kind you'd like to dip back into anyway a decade or generation hence; you don't 'finish' him.

    I have never managed to get around to The Eye of the Storm, which is why I've…

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  • Match Point

    Match Point

    ★★★★½

    Match Point is everything I was hoping, and more. Woody serves up arguably his most delightfully rich genre reinvention, kind of like a reimagining of A Place in the Sun with a dash of Crime & Punishment.

    Match Point is a curious cross-reference of influences. It has the bedrock of a Woody Allen film. The emotional energy and relationship betrayal of a Hitchcockian dark thriller. And a sliver of Barry Lyndon Irish rogue penetration of high society to it. Most of…

  • Boyz n the Hood

    Boyz n the Hood

    ★★★★½

    If you watch this film without a stupid foolish-looking knowing grin plastered on your face, there is something wrong with you. The match up of script, acting and direction here is sublime, creating an unbelievable sense of truth. John Singleton really hits this one out of the park.

    This film also has one of Fishburne's very best roles.

    You can just feel its palpable influence over urban music to come. It's all here, all the truth and all the myth.…