In this New York of snipers, phone breathers, roving gangs, constant brownouts, and 345 unsolved homicides, Alfred Chamberlain (Elliot Gould) has responded in the best way he can, he shrugs and tries to avoid it; apathy is his armor. When he is rescued from a seemingly daily beating by Patsy (Marcia Rodd) he doesn't bother to thank her, or to extricate her from the thugs, he just moseys away as though he was in a dream. This irritates, but also…
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If you want your dreams to come true, then you first need to have dreams. Arthur Hamilton (John Randolph)doesn't seem like a guy that dreams much beyond what he was told that he should want, and now that he has achieved it, he feels hollowed out. If he had ever gotten beyond job, wife, house (birth, school, work, death) none of this would have been a temptation in the first place. But he…
Right away, the credits let you know what you're in for. What at first appear to diamonds dropping into a glass, at further inspection prove to just be glass beads. I have to thank Rainer Werner Fassbinder, because I doubt that I would have chosen to explore Sirk's films, assuming them to just be pretty baubles, but they're pretty baubles filled with acid. No, not the LSD kind.
Sirk's European eyes saw many aspects of the American Dream to be…
Easy come, easy go.
A film about making films with lots of meta touches connected to both Godard's life, and the types of films he would make from that point on. American backers offered a bigger budget, and they wanted to take advantage of the beauty and star power of Bardot. They were also hoping for some skin, but Godard's first cut didn't include any. They actually suggested that there should be three love scenes, at the beginning, middle, and…
Everything I said about the first film is equally applicable to this, the greatest sequel of all time. It's possibly a notch above, or maybe below, but regardless, it's too close to call. My vote is one notch above. YMMV, but I thoroughly respect either position. Sublime.
I can't honestly write about this film until I see it a couple more times. I need to go back to In The Mood For Love, Days of Being Wild, Happy Together, and Fallen Angels. I was pretty sure I watched this when it came out, but now my memory might be playing tricks on me, which is appropriate considering that memory colors and restrains Chow Mo Wan's (Tony Leung) ability to recognize love in the present. Maybe I just…