Tag Archives: shooting

Manchild in the Promised Land (1965, Claude Brown)

I haven’t read very much black literature or drug-culture literature or ghetto-life literature but I’ve never read anything that delves as deeply and as unpretentiously into such topics as this book, whose title and author I’d never heard of before … Continue reading

Posted in Essays, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Massacres and Wiseacres

7 Nov 2013: Salvador (DVD, 1985, Oliver Stone) Anti-intellectual bickering and bantering loutish American men are the viewer’s designed point of identification for this film, until the tragic circumstances these men encounter or the random conversations they have with military … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Intention Unknown

5 Nov 2013: Code Unknown (DVD, 2000, Michael Haneke) Either intriguingly mysterious or banally unmysterious, this film probably depends more than most on where you are to fill in its gaps (visualized via black-cushioned cuts between the disparate events of … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Into the Flashback

27 Oct 2013: Out of the Past (DVD, 1947, Jacques Tourneur) For a film noir – but not for Jacques Tourneur – this movie is surprisingly meditative and melancholy in its mood even when including the usual hard-edged conventions: the … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Something Misbegotten in the City of Copenhagen

2 Oct 2013: Pusher (DVD, 1996, Nicolas Winding Refn) The milieux and the characters and the storyline are all pretty familiar, even if this time they’re located in Denmark, but there’s enough of a visual flair and a sense of … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dillinger No Dilly-Dallying Pillager

1 Oct 2013: Public Enemies (DVD, 2009, Michael Mann) Though at times I find myself wishing for more characterization from his films – again we have the mostly inexplicable instantaneous romantic attraction between a male protagonist (John Dillinger) and his … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gangland Style Gone Mainstream

29 Sep 2013: Gomorra (DVD, 2008, Matteo Garrone) Apart from a couple of extremely long shots (trucks rolling into a hazardous waste quarry, for one example) and sometimes colorful lighting (tanning booths, strip clubs), there is little visual distinction here … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment