Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Reality of Shame (2011)

The necessity of hiding your real self from people around you.

No one can get close to you, you must fear them.

Anger because you need the time alone and you can't have it.

Lack of control of your own body, your own mind.

You can't stop, you can't quit, you must, you must, you must...

This is addiction.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Extreme Alice (1988)

The director, in considering adapting Carrol's bizarre work, decided it was not odd enough, so another layer of truly horrible images were placed upon it.

 This is the stuff of which surrealistic nightmares are made: skulls coming out of eggs, socks turning into boring worms, displaced heads.

 It's bedtime, but I'm afraid I'll have Dali dreams tonight.

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Uniqueness of On the Waterfront

A boxing movie that never has a scene in the ring. 

A gangster movie without a drive by, and the mob boss doesn't kill off his greatest threat. 

An anti-hero that we can really like, despite his deeply cynical viewpoint on life. 

A priest that is truly a complex character. 

On the Waterfront defies genre and typical movie characterization and yet is deeply satisfying. It treads new ground in the time of the Hays code, and yet it wasn't-- couldn't be, really-- copied by a hundred other films. The closest we come to an imitation of this film is the second season of The Wire.