While watching La Haine (1995), it doesn't take long for even the least attentive filmgoers to recognize director Kassovitz's dependence on suffusing the entire narrative with pop-culture and meta-cinematic references. As a film about the mercurial nature of racial and cultural anxieties among disenfranchised youths, such narrative devices may be necessary, as the three lead characters - estranged from their ancestry and marginalized from society - borrow from cultures outside of their own to create a sense of identity. The…
Those who are intimately familiar with Kim Jee-woon's filmography will argue that his defining characteristic as a storyteller is not his penchant for genre experimentation, despite having the reputation of a distinguished genre filmmaker, but his stylistically audacious construction of cinematic realities. Kim's films are spatial journies that demonstrate the camera's ability to render a setting into a thematically malleable landscape. Not only are locations treated as pure abstractions of the core themes of his stories but also given roles…
In The French Connection (1971), Roy Scheider and Gene Hackman patrolled with Eddie Egan and Sonny Grosso for a month to get the feel of the characters. Hackman became disgusted at the sights he saw during this patrol. In one incident he had to help restrain a suspect in the squad car and later worried that he would be sued for calling him the n-word.
Movie: "Women of Letterboxd, what do you think of Romanian Communist Party General Secretary Nicolae Ceaușescu enacting the abortion law Decree 770 in 1966?"
Me, an intellectual cinephile: "Not a woman, but my mom and cousins are. I think Decree 770 was an inside job, and everyone knows abortions can't melt the Warsaw Pact."