the platonic ideal of a christmas movie
There is little I've seen in cinema that is more compelling than Joan Crawford's first scene in Johnny Guitar. Every time she is onscreen afterwards, the audience's total attention is directed at her.
It's really baffling how many of Ray's mid-50s movies, like this and Bigger Than Life, were badly-received when they came out. Watching Johnny Guitar today it seems like everyone involved in the production was in their bag. Crawford and Ray of course, but attention must be given…
Hana-bi shows the height of beauty achieved in movies. It is among the most impressively shot, magnificently paced and precisely edited films. Hana-bi also inspires powerful emotional reactions, as it covers some of the heaviest themes and topics in life with incredible lightness.
It’s a movie in which so many small details take on a greater significance - like how the music matches Horibe’s speech to Nishi on the beach, how Nishi doesn’t let his wife lock arms while they…