Monthly Archives: August 2015

The Naked Kiss (1964), Samuel Fuller ★★★★★

One of the first supplements in the Criterion Collection Naked Kiss dvd is an interview of Sam Fuller in his home where there are scripts stacked wall to wall and he says the ones over here are alphabetical. He walks over to a makeshift box and opens the lid and pulls out a cigar that is already lit. He mentions he got that medal (Purple Heart) and told the Colonel give it to the guy who hit me. I was the slow one who got hit. And he mentions yeah, I got other medals, and the camera pans down over his Bronze Star and Silver Star hanging on the wall. He says:

A woman is just a script, but a cigar is a motion picture.

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other films from last week…

Rabbit Hole (2010), John Cameron Mitchell ★★★

Rabbit hole revolves around a character you never see, though his legacy is in the faces and actions and weekly schedule of the couple in question.

Mother and Child (2009), Rodrigo García ★★★★

Mother and Child starts with the child, and winds its way through several more mothers and their children in a parallel narrative that winds and weaves through time. I had to think back to understand one of the two photographs at the end, though the story is not hard to follow at all. A great double feature would be this and Alamar.

Passing Fancy (1933), Yasujiro Ozu ★★★★

A silent Ozu from the Eclipse Series 10: Silent Ozu box set.

Whatever Works (2009), Woody Allen ★★★★

Stars Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm, which I’ve never seen, and have added to my queue!). I’ve gotten to the point where I am working my way through the filmography of Woody Allen that I’ve missed – so far they have been 4 and 5 star, though they have to show up on a top 10 list for that year before I watch it.

In the Loop (2009), Armando Iannucci ★★★★

Hilarious, thought provoking, and to my mind, probably more true depictions of how things work behind the scenes than fiction.

The Informant! (2009), Steven Soderbergh ★★★

Intriguing as this is based on a true story.

Frailty (2001), Bill Paxton ★★★

Frailty and Curling would make a great double bill. In a single parent situation, the father’s word is god.

Despair (1978), Rainer Werner Fassbinder ★★★★

RWF never disappoints.

Demonlover (2002), Olivier Assayas ★★★

Hard to follow at times, but Olivier Assayas pulls it off with his unique style.

Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1980), Vladimir Menshov ★★★★

The film opens with a tracking shot of Vera (Katerina Tikhomirova) walking along a street in Moscow, and follows her life from one of the workers to her ultimate position she achieves in the system.

Irrational Man (2015), Woody Allen ★★★★★

Irrational Man reminds me of [Shadow of a Doubt](/spoiler). < Major spoiler there. The film starts on a bright, sunny day when Abe arrives at the university and slowly turns darker after the MacGuffin is introduced.

The Upside of Anger (2005), Mike Bender ★★★

Joan Allen and Kevin Costner get together when her husband disappears, then reappears.

Curling (2010), Denis Côté ★★★★★

You’re the kind of fool who drives into the lake to get out of the rain.

What?

What do you mean what?

From the opening scene you get most the background story of the daughter during a close up of her face looking around the office with something behind her to her right that I first imagined was a picture but it was out of focus, which actually was the theme of this interview, and when the camera pans back the father walks in after her revelation.

The second screen shot below is the menu pic for the special features and shows one of the characters whose makeup depicts one of the main themes of the film [spoiler]  death [ /spoiler].