Ruth Scouller

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Favorite films

  • Benediction
  • Shakespeare-Wallah
  • Kung-Fu Master!
  • Elephant

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  • Laila's Birthday

    ★★★★

  • Satin Rouge

    ★★½

  • Steamboy

    ★★★

  • Captain Abu Raed

    ★★★

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  • Scarface

    Scarface

    ★★★★

    After a dozen years in the wilderness, I feel the tide is turning and Scarface is finally coming back into vogue with me. In my last few years of high school it was the only real challenger to The Godfather in my affections, but come my twenties I grew out of it. I think for me now the resurgent appeal comes down to the oldschool gangster melodrama, the vibrant sets, De Palma's measured shot choices and camera moves being on…

  • The Fog

    The Fog

    ★★★★

    "...this is going to sound a little strange...I just feel like talking, that's all...something did happen once...in case you've forgotten it's April 21 and a happy 100th birthday for Antonio Bay...we honor our founding fathers...this town should be proud of its past...Blake's gold...leper colony only a mile distant...clipper ship called the Elizabeth Dane...the six conspirators...off Spivey Point...God had no part in our actions tonight...this town has a curse on it...witching hour...feel like listening to some music...This is KAB...that's just the…

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  • Steamboy

    Steamboy

    ★★★

    The animation is impressive with clearly a lot of work put into it, however personally I’d be ripping chunks out of that second half that just refused to end. The who to trust plot mechanics get repetitive, the literal mechanics get repetitive, and it’s just an incessantly busy fatiguing two hours that feels like a dog running in a circle. It gets bogged down in another cursed derivative of steampunk and flying castles. I wanted a bit more of that…

  • Children of Glory

    Children of Glory

    ★★½

    This sells itself as addressing the most iconic (or infamous) moment of the home games (Melbourne ‘56) that I wasn’t around to experience. That was hook enough for me, given water polo is rarely a main plot in a western film (more often a side plot). Noyce’s finest work Newsfront (which made this pool showdown its climax) is the only dramatic feature I recall making more than a passing reference to it, and that in a career-advancing newsreel context with…

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  • Match Point

    Match Point

    ★★★★½

    Match Point is everything I was hoping, and more. Woody serves up arguably his most delightfully rich genre reinvention, kind of like a reimagining of A Place in the Sun with a dash of Crime & Punishment.

    Match Point is a curious cross-reference of influences. It has the bedrock of a Woody Allen film. The emotional energy and relationship betrayal of a Hitchcockian dark thriller. And a sliver of Barry Lyndon Irish rogue penetration of high society to it. Most of…

  • Boyz n the Hood

    Boyz n the Hood

    ★★★★½

    If you watch this film without a stupid foolish-looking knowing grin plastered on your face, there is something wrong with you. The match up of script, acting and direction here is sublime, creating an unbelievable sense of truth. John Singleton really hits this one out of the park.

    This film also has one of Fishburne's very best roles.

    You can just feel its palpable influence over urban music to come. It's all here, all the truth and all the myth.…