Favorites are films I most recently watched for the first time and gave 4.5 or 5-star ratings.
A truly bleak film, at times overbearingly so. Baby-faced Martin Sheen plays a son suffocated by the toxicity of his parents and home life after returning back from three years of service in the army during WWII. A mostly steel-faced Patricia Neal delivers a harrowed woman with a thousand yard stare, and a drawl that carries beleaguered acceptance in its gravel. Jack Albertson won an Academy Award for his performance here, that of an unfaithful husband and combative father who…
Double Indemnity is one of those movies that does something fantastic and new, and does it so right that its defining features get used from then on and watered down until someone like me - watching this film for the first time in 2019 - could perhaps interpret it as being predictable or overdone. But overdone is the exact opposite of what this film is, as so much of this had never yet been done in Hollywood.
Here our protagonists…
Slightly non-linear, slightly colorized, and like a series of visceral non sequiturs that, at some hazy point during the film’s run time, become a cohesive object. Inside Llewyn Davis sags with the density of its emotional gravity, ranging from subtle to downright opaque. Oscar Isaac is an understated powerhouse here, playing the titular Llewyn Davis: a selfish-asshole-with-talent type that has a few drops of self-effacing earnestness in him, yet who seems generally overcome by his presumptuous disdain. And the man…