Neill Shaughness

All of my reviews are invitations to comment. I want to have conversations about these movies.

Favorite films

  • The Bridge on the River Kwai
  • Nights of Cabiria
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock
  • Ashes and Diamonds

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  • October (Ten Days that Shook the World)

    ★★★½

  • The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum

    ★★★★½

  • Divorce Italian Style

    ★★★★½

  • A Colt Is My Passport

    ★★★★½

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  • October (Ten Days that Shook the World)

    October (Ten Days that Shook the World)

    ★★★½

    Top 100 Directors Challenge

    #24: Sergei Eisenstein

    I love how the Bolsheviks are depicted as an incredible united front, excepting Trotsky who gets done pretty dirty in this propaganda.

    At one point a peacock is filmed more menacingly and terrifyingly than any cinematic dinosaur could ever be.

  • The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum

    The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum

    ★★★★½

    Top 100 Directors Challenge

    #26: Kenji Mizoguchi

    Consumption really has ironic timing doesn't it?

    A tad predictable, but some stories don't need to be surprising. This has a mellow poetry to its photography and pacing that just lull the viewer into anticipating the inevitable tragedy of the whole thing.

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  • Picnic at Hanging Rock

    Picnic at Hanging Rock

    ★★★★★

    Some dreams seem safe in the moment but upon waking reflection feel like nightmares. This may not be the best allegory for viewing Picnic At Hanging Rock but it's the best I can conjure. This movie is chilling in the oddest ways. To be clear, I love this movie. I looooove this movie.
    Weir takes us through a hypnotic account of an unsolved mystery from the turn of the 20th century in Australia. Chronicling the disappearance of several young women…

  • And the Ship Sails On

    And the Ship Sails On

    ★★★★★

    Criterion challenge #27.
    Watch a Fellini Film.

    Nice try, Fellini. You may have replaced the cast with human beings, but you can't fool me. I know a Muppets movie when I see one.