Sunday, October 28, 2018

Robby Muller (1940-2018)

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Paris, Texas (1984)

"When I choose to work on a film, the most important thing to me is that it is about human feelings. I try to work with directors who want their films to touch the audience, and make people discuss what the film was about long after they have left the cinema." Robby Muller, Cinematographer

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

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"The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is a story at once emotionally intimate and chillingly detached. That contradiction is the key to an art that, although it seems steeped in nostalgia and sentimentality, is finally marked by an arctic clarity". Geoffrey O'Brien


The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence (1962) - John Ford

Stray Dog (1948) - Akira Kurosawa

Akira Kurosawa's love & study of early John Ford films is well documented. Lesser known is Kurosawa's substantial influence on later Ford films. Because of this, 'The Shadow' emerged in Ford's pictures to represent an internal struggle rarely seen in the Western genre. These films were more Spiritual than the "psychological Westerns" of the fifties, and more mature than the cynical, ultra violent narratives of the sixities & seventies (that Tarantino worships). 'The Searchers' is the obvious masterpiece, but 'The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance' reveals new layers with each watch. It's a truly reconciled narrative that successfully manages to humanize the legend of John Wayne.

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Long Way Back Home (2018)

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"In my hand I hold a pistol
In my heart I hold the weight"


This is a cinematic short film that developed from a music video, directed by Jeff Nichols. Maybe (hopefully) it develops into something long form. But as it is, the question of "what you gonna do with that pistol?" isn't just between the brothers. It's also between each of us who find ourselves digging deeper into the corners of self-righteousness, judgement, and fear. #thisisamerica #longwaybackhome

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A Star is Born (2018)

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"Bradley Cooper has constructed a broad bridge between life and death, art and capital, success and failure. But it is also a narrow one, so therefore, Jack and Ally can only cross this chasm alone, and must gamble whether or not they will meet again on the other side. The startling sincerity and disarming beauty of this stems from the film's earnest pursuit of a true self, beneath the singing and the posturing, and its hope that two true selves could persist together. The tragedy, it seems, is that this co-existence is attainable, but not without an unlearning of the world." From Mubi Notebook

A Star is Born is not a great film, but it is an intimate one. It maintains a strong sense of itself, pulling the audience closer, rather than pushing, hiding, or dividing. Lady Gaga holds the film together with a deep vulnerability that comes primarily through her eyes. She was impressively human.

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