most people on this site are sickos not me though no way
James Gunn's last three efforts have been the most maudlin of blockbusters---even worse when the ensemble has to go through their big emotional moments one at a time---but you know, the dance party ending actually got me a little? The dramatic angles, whips, zooms, profile close-ups... are a breath of fresh air; this feels genuinely rough around the edges. Can't wait to eyeroll my way through that new Superman movie.
Apparently Preminger went to show this in the Soviet Union, in the early 60's---the government had no problem with the element of sex, but were ultimately confused by the set-up. Gazzara's character was so clearly guilty, so why not execute him right off the bat? To which Preminger replies that trial by jury is what makes the US judicial system what it is... Look, I watched all the Criterion extras today, including a lecture from biographer Foster Hirsch, who relays…
Mostly a day-time movie while also having some of the best chiaroscuro cinema has to offer. With photographer Nicholas Musuraca (with his work on Cat People, one of the architects of B-Cinema) Lupino paints a world "in negative" while avoiding the typical "hell on earth" noir imaginary. Think of physics, equal-and-opposite-reactions and "dark matter". The actions of our two heroes meet their rhyme with Emmett Myers, whose two eyes work separately. Words are relayed in Spanish, then English.