On Casting a Star

When first getting into film, I always wondered why casting directors got such high billing, appearing in the pre-film credits with the director and actors, as opposed to the post-film credits with the technicians. I also wondered why that, of all jobs, is almost exclusively occupied by women, but that is a question for another... Continue Reading →

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John Cassavetes – Top 9

John Cassavetes is a frustrating case. I am, on the one hand, in agreement with so much of what he espouses, whether it be on his attitudes towards the ‘business’ side of filmmaking, the role of performance in society, or even his general philosophy on life. On the other hand I can’t stand his films.... Continue Reading →

Angel Face (1952) – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Directed by: Otto Preminger  Spoilers Yet another Preminger film that's just short of working. There’s no doubt all his films possess an unmistakable and unique style, full of kinks and quirks. It’s a style that puts him in the upper echelons of Classic Hollywood auteurs for some, but for me they come from a place... Continue Reading →

Match Point (2005) – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Directed by: Woody Allen Spoilers Indicated  Woody Allen’s oeuvre is so large at this point that you can compare any one film to another. In fact you can split his films into three general categories. There’s the Annie Hall style rom-com, the genre (usually fantasy) film like The Purple Rose of Cairo and Sleeper, and,... Continue Reading →

Pale Rider (1985) – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Directed by: Clint Eastwood  Spoilers Pale Rider, the first of Eastwood’s only two notable post-70s westerns, sets itself up to be a more comedic take on the same principles as the second of Eastward’s only two notable post-70s westerns, Unforgiven. In fact the comedic elements are played so straight that it’s hard to be sure... Continue Reading →

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