My favorites are the last films I've rated five stars, either on a first watch or on a rewatch.
At some point around the hour mark, Zula, the female protagonist of this tightly constructed romantic epic, confronts a woman, a French poet who had a relationship with Wiktor, the man of her life. She asks her abruptly about the meaning of the lyrics, loosely translated by the other woman from Polish to French, of a song that she is recording. The poet tells her that it is a metaphor about time and love.
I’m not sure which is the…
It’s really impressive how different tones are blended together throughout all of Risky Business’s runtime. Comedic gems and dark themes go hand in hand: you see Tom Cruise dancing in his underwear and then you are left wondering about the weight of expectations and the price of success; you hear a hilarious line like “Who’s the U-Boat commander?” and then you’re suddenly immersed up to your neck in unhesitating exploitation all in the name of profit.
Still, it’s the style…
A small frontier town community so loosely tied that a man’s arrival is enough to shatter it completely. In fairness, the intruder’s reputation makes him appear something in between the physical representation of conscience and the Old Testament God.
The townsmen with a dirty conscience are those who feel more menaced and counter in the only way they know: with violence. It’s also noteworthy, in this regard, that the one time the town (re)acts as a community is to form a posse.
Other than that, it’s all against all exclusively.
Watching Those Who Wish Me Dead, I was most impressed by its colors: the vast and apparently limitless green of the forest, the flaming and suffocating orange of the man-made fire that devours that same forest, and the vivid red of the firefighters’ parachutes descending above the burnt grey that remains afterwards.
While these evocative images could hold their own in a slower, more contemplative film, this is nonetheless a fast-paced thriller. The conspiracy that sets things in motion is…
There's not a gun in sight but there is no need for them because words hit like bullets in this exceptional film noir. The script, written by Andrew Solt and extensively tinkered by director Nicholas Ray, is loosely adapted from a novel by Dorothy Hughes. It's a drama that starts off almost as a whodunit, if not for the fact that the proceedings of solving the crime are barely hinted at, and the innocence or culpability of the protagonist, effortlessly…