10.31.2016 Vertigo


I don’t know about this one anymore. There are certainly great moments, but I must say Stewart’s character is nowhere as interesting as Novak’s, especially after he goes full crazy. Her situation is delicate, so many conflicted emotions, he is brute force, and a certain point it becomes overkill.

1.29.2015 Mon Oncle

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Perhaps because of the inclusion of the young boy, the stakes seem slightly higher here than in other Tati films and the typical longing/nostalgia veers into very real sadness. This poor boy is stuck with insane parents, parents who don’t really seem to care as much about him as they do themselves, and the one person who does care is shipped off.

10.12.2014 Man of the West

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One of the best films I’ve ever seen about the father son relationship. This and Night of the Hunter put together sum up maybe the most emotionally accurate portrayal for me personally. The characters and situations are familiar, but are always twisted just the right way to feel real instead of tired. Lee Cobb especially goes all out, playing a theatrical character, but again finding the poetic truth if maybe not the realism.

07.01.14 Ballad of Narayama


Love love love this film.  The visuals are obviously the first thing that grabs you, but it is the emotions that amaze me each time I watch it.  That he is able to take all of these over the top elements – the story, the acting, the visuals – and create something that seems somehow subtle is inspiring.