neilgrahamuk

neilgrahamuk

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2022: Gable, Rohmer, Ray, Sirk, Noirvember

Favorite films

  • It Happened One Night
  • In a Lonely Place
  • Sweet Smell of Success
  • Pauline at the Beach

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  • The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★

  • Call of the Wild

    ★★½

  • The Terminator

    ★★★★½

  • Songs from the Second Floor

    ★★★★½

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  • The Terminator

    The Terminator

    ★★★★½

    One of those movies I watched repeatedly as a youngster. This was one of the first films I owned on VHS - and it was well worn out by the time the videotape itself was terminated.

    But it has been a long time since I have seen this.... Boy does it hold up.

    So relentless. The narrative is tight: all the fat removed. Just a ruthless chase till the end. I don't think Cameron (and Goldblatt) has been as disciplined…

  • The Aviator's Wife

    The Aviator's Wife

    ★★★★½

    What a fabulous film. Interesting on so many levels. One for the film scholars and the romantics.

    A great Paris film: the love and knowledge of the city shines through. Rohmer uses the Parc des Buttes Chaumont as a theatre in which François and Lucie play detective - and construct their imagined narratives about the aviator - and themselves of course. Life can be made to sound better when it seeks to imitate art. Both François and Lucie happy to…

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  • Accident

    Accident

    ★★★★

    Europe must have been in existential crisis in 1967. A lot of the early New Wave films were dark affairs. But they also had a playfulness, a joie-de-vivre, and sense of hope. But in 1967 Bresson gives us the tragedy of Mouchette; Godard went apocalyptic in Weekend. And in the UK, Losey gives us Accident. It is a brilliant, complex but immensely bleak view of the English middle class. If art reflects life, it is no wonder large parts of…

  • Tout Va Bien

    Tout Va Bien

    ★★★★

    I go along with the broad critical consensus – that between 1960-1967 Jean-Luc Godard created an incredible body of work: innovative, daring, exciting, controversial, sexy, funny, beautiful, challenging and unique. I want to write these words in red, white and blue capitals. Maybe split them across a page or two: and of course accompany the texts with the sound of a gunshot. That would be Godardian. He created such a distinctive visual style – it becomes difficult to use words…