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  • Once Upon a Time in America

    Once Upon a Time in America

    I saw the full 250 minute cut at the Egyptian tonight, and I’m very glad that I got to see essentially the complete film on a big screen for the first time, because I am a huge fan of Leone’s other work.

    Let me just get this out of the way, because I know it’s not a popular opinion: I really don’t love gangster movies. I’m not sure what it is about me, but I just don’t get as excited…

  • Apocalypse Now

    Apocalypse Now

    [Final Cut - IMAX]

    Seeing a movie in a theater always heightens the experience, but the size of the impact it had on me with this film is second only to 2001. I saw things and heard things that I never would have noticed watching at home, but more than anything the elevation of the hypnotic psychedelia of the film is enormous with a theater experience.

    I'm kind of reeling right now and at a loss for words to some…

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  • The Phantom Carriage

    The Phantom Carriage

    Film School Drop Outs 2019
    Week 2: Genre - Horror - Silent Horror (1913-1928)

    Oh man, this really blew me away. This is by far my favorite silent film I have seen. I have never seen filmmaking that feels this modern in a film from the 1920s. Everything in this film feels so ahead of its time.

    To begin with, the complex editing on display here is what really drew me in. There are gorgeous long dissolves, flashbacks within flashbacks,…

  • Pandora's Box

    Pandora's Box

    Film School Drop Outs 2019
    Week 1: Actor - Louise Brooks

    What a start to the challenge! I was very pleasantly surprised by this film. It has the scope of a silent spectacle-epic, both in its plot and its composition, but never feels the need to put that spectacle on display. As a result, we are left with a winding crime drama that lays groundwork visually and narratively for 50s film noir and establishes the level of grandiose that even…