Thursday, June 30, 2011

My moviegoing: 2003

from Gus Van Sant's Elephant (2003)



Tuesday, June 28, 2011

American movies, 1970-1979

from Robert Benton's The Late Show (1977)


Friday, June 24, 2011

R.I.P. Peter Falk



Remember when an average guy with a lazy eye could be a movie star? What the hell is wrong with Hollywood now? Nobody has any character in their face. All we have are anonymous pretty people chasing CGI monsters and supervillains in front of a green screen for an average shot length of .05 seconds or smug bores falling in and out of love and back in love based on idiotic misunderstandings.
This kind of grumbling doesn't belong in a Peter Falk tribute, so I'll stop now. He was in two of the greatest American films, A Woman Under the Influence and Mikey & Nicky, and one of the greatest German films, Wings of Desire. He was in a near-great American film, Husbands, and a formative childhood film for most people my age, The Princess Bride. Columbo was a very entertaining show, and I'm glad he was in it, but he did plenty of other stuff, obituary writers. Big Trouble had an unhappy production and was very uneven (a dying Cassavetes took over when original director Andrew Bergman quit or was fired, depending on the source), but the scene where Falk gives Alan Arkin a sardine-flavored liqueur leads to the greatest spit-take in cinema history. I loved watching this guy.



My moviegoing: 2003

from Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Mieville's Six fois deux/Sur et sous la communication (1976)
Austin Film Society's Godard/Mieville series
They showed the second episode of this French TV miniseries.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

American movies, 1970-1979

from Robert Altman's 3 Women (1977)


Sunday, June 19, 2011

My moviegoing: 2003

from Jean-Luc Godard's For Ever Mozart (1996)
Austin Film Society's Godard/Mieville series

Monday, June 13, 2011

American movies, 1970-1979

from Woody Allen's Annie Hall (1977)

Friday, June 10, 2011

My moviegoing: 2003

from Jane Campion's In the Cut (2003)
This film fails as a thriller and has plenty of flaws, but succeeds in all kinds of interesting ways. A director's imperfections, failures, and partial successes can be just as illuminating and instructive as the masterpieces and major achievements. Sometimes, these failures are even more personal and formally interesting than the films that do everything right.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

American movies, 1970-1979

from Don Siegel's The Shootist (1976)

Sunday, June 05, 2011

My moviegoing: 2003

from Jean-Luc Godard's Band of Outsiders (1964)
Austin Film Society's Godard/Mieville series




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