“Kind words, Ethan. Thank you kindly.”

Hey everybody, You might be wondering where I've been of late. Well, after tackling Hitchcock, I moved on to a director who, as luck would have it, took almost the exact opposite approach with his craft. And, what's even more surprising, it works – maybe even better, in some ways. That director was John Ford,…Read more “Kind words, Ethan. Thank you kindly.”

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Hitchcock #2: The Short and Long Of It

“Each discovery, each advance, each increase in the sum of human riches, owes its being to the physical and mental travail of the past and the present.” – Peter Kropotkin, The Conquest of Bread, 1913. Tear open the trench coat of any cinematic giant, and you'll find one of two things: a large, very hairy,…Read more Hitchcock #2: The Short and Long Of It

“You Ain’t Heard Nothin’ Yet”

Movie-making is essentially a family heirloom some preschool teacher brings for show-and-tell, passing it around a circle of sticky-fingered four-year-olds until it's so covered in smudgy fingerprints, it's almost unrecognizable. Gross. But sometimes, one of those gunky mouth-breathers leaves behind a smear that changes the landscape of cinema forever, and gets elevated to the pantheon…Read more “You Ain’t Heard Nothin’ Yet”

#13: “I Have Some Trouble Between Fantasy and Reality.”

“Artists are divided into those who create their own inner world, and those who recreate reality. I undoubtedly belong to the first—but that actually alters nothing: my inner world may be of interest to some, others will be left cold or even irritated by it; the point is that the inner world created by cinematic…Read more #13: “I Have Some Trouble Between Fantasy and Reality.”

#12: “I think I could change myself into you if I tried. I mean, inside.”

It’d been awhile since I’d seen this one. I remembered liking it, finding it interesting enough to revisit on this blog. I had forgotten -- or maybe never appreciated -- just how stunning it really was. Liv Ullmann and Bibi Andersson give mesmerizing performances, bringing a naturalism to the oftentimes complex and abstract narrative. Most…Read more #12: “I think I could change myself into you if I tried. I mean, inside.”