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Wednesday, October 30, 2013
It's a credit to Lehane's writing and Scorcese's direction that, whether you figure things out immediately or not until the end, the story still manages to satisfy, never completely misdirecting from what it completely hints at from the get go. It benefits from relying on our main character's subconscious obsessions -- memories of his wife's death by arson (and as he specifies, "not the fire, but the smoke"), an SS officer he would not grant a final mercy to, the deaths of countless Nazi guards punished for their acts -- and consequently establishing that the viewpoint we're most privy to is unreliable at best. Some of the most truly terrifying horror comes from realizing you can't even trust the person telling the story.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Best Double Feature 2010: Let Me In/Toy Story 3
Runners up to the above: Winter's Bone/Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Best Complete Nonsense Double Feature: Alice in Wonderland/Hot Tub Time Machine
Best Directed: The Social Network/Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Best double feature score heard in the same weekend: Let Me In/The Social Network
Best First Feature: Banksy, Exit Through the Gift Shop/Lena Dunham, Tiny Furniture
Best Harris Savides makes L.A. look inhabitable Double Feature: Greenberg/Somewhere
Best non-American double feature: Un prophète(A Prophet)/Io sono l'amore(I Am Love)
Best Liam Neeson can make anything watchable double feature: Clash of the Titans/The A-Team
Best inadvertently seen this year double feature set in the same state (New Mexico): Charley Varrick/Let Me In
Best non-Pixar double feature: Despicable Me/Tangled
Best Pepsi Throwback double feature: The American/The Romantics
Best use of pop songs: "O Children", Nick Cave, Harry Potter 7a/"1 Thing", Amerie, Somewhere
Favorite male supporting performances: Pierce Brosnan, The Ghost Writer/Maximus, Tangled
Favorite pair of totally different scores by the same composer: A Prophet/Harry Potter 7a, Alexandre Desplat
Most perpetually anticipated double feature I can't seem to see: Dogtooth/The Fighter
"OK, bored now" double feature: The King's Speech/Never Let Me Go
Overrated double feature: Black Swan/Inception
Still bringing it: Michael Douglas, Solitary Man/Woody Allen, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
Underrated double feature: Shutter Island/The Ghost Writer
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
My friend Fred posted this amazing music video animated by his sister Miranda Pfeiffer. So firstly, a big congrats to her. I am not sure if she meant the release of the video to coincide with the anniversary of Katrina but the images of the water swelling and engulfing everything + all the news coverage there has been of late about the Hurricane got me thinking.
In particular I thought about The Music Room (1958) by Satyajut Ray. Which I programmed a long way back in a series about Crumbling aristocracies. It's a wonderful mediation on the end of an era, as the lord of manor entertains his friends one last time in his famous music room even as the river threatens to take back the land his castle sits on. Hopefully in the next few days I will think of a double feature about rebirth and rebuilding... so that this Katrina anniversary can end on a slightly more hopeful note.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Read and be merry.