Want to be nicer to this. But I can't stop thinking it's like if Sergio Leone got pegged by Moonraker. And yet, I love it like an abandoned stray in need of my misguided love.
The Hucksters 1947
Charming cast, the classical look and style. But doesn't have that energy you want it to have. Fun though. Not a warm bath, more like a nice soak.
The Card Counter 2021
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Schrader's Transcendental Style thesis is mostly bullshit when it comes to linking together Bresson, Dreyer, and Ozu, but its an excellent lens to view Schrader films. The Card Counter is perhaps his most Bressonian and Dreyeresque films. It's all here. The close ups of hands. the Pickpocket ending, writing in journals, long unbroken shots, and close ups of faces (okay not quite Bressonian there, more a Dreyer expression).
But what a movie. The Card Counter reminds me of why I…
Licorice Pizza 2021
70mm screening. Greatest theater experience of my life. The flicker of the projector. The grain that adds life and energy to every still moment. Every frame a conduit for the most magical human achievement. All downhill from here.
Lust for French brunettes ended. Need a hot Jewish brunette girlfriend to yell at me and whip me into shape. Sadly, I am a loser Catholic.