Nicholas Ray was a first time director when he made They Live by Night, but he told stories like an old pro. This is not the best film you’ll ever see, but it is distinct and clear in purpose to hold your attention for the full runtime.
Charlie Kaufman — the man who puts Auteur Theory to its ultimate test. Every movie he wrote but didn’t direct still ultimately feels like it’s A Kaufman Piece, such is his creative force.
Some slight spoilers:
On the surface the message seems hopeful, especially when compared to the cynical Being John Malkovich— we are just destined to love some people. Joel and Clementine are given a chance to hear how they felt about the other after two years and actively…
Do the ends justify the means? They wanted to make the most elaborate car chase in the history of cinema and needed some sort of a movie to be able to do it. In storytelling, this film is an abysmal failure. As an exercise in style, this film is a complete one note success. Endure the set up and enjoy the pay off.