Going thru LB - alphabetically - one movie at a time - let's see how long this takes...
Don’t forget to select your favorite films!
Art world send-ups somehow always wind up glib, & director Ben Hania's lubricious style adds to the superficiality. Too bad, a pared-down approach could have potentially made the subject of commodification of humans devastating, & Mahayni is soulful enough to make you feel the Man's turmoil in between plot contrivances.
GodDAMN now I know what it was like in a 70's drug den, this & Brain Damage are likely the only essential junkie movies - & does this have the first punk song in a Spanish film? A possible influence on Amenabar's Open Your Eyes; incredible use of sound FX of obsolete recording tech from director Zulueta.
Dynamite pre-code with Joan as a lady mob boss! Been looking for an auteur behind Blondell, who had more range than Warner let her run with most of the time & unfortunately stopped getting leads after the 30's, & Enright might just have been the guy - some spectacular camera dollies. Even a last minute cop-out can't spoil the fun.
Lots of things I could say about Scott, who's made Journeyman into a slur the last 15 years, being utterly the wrong director for this material, a should've-been goldmine of true-crime with a satirical edge that the Coens or Soderbergh could've gone to town with - but they all pale before Leto, in likely the worst acting I've seen. As in, ever. Driver manages to somehow shrink into the background amongst the scenery chewing, smart move.