My recommendations for film watching this week in L.A. 6/10-6/17/2016


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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 6/10-6/17/201
A change here. I now also have HBONOW and Amazon, as well as Netflix and Hulu, so I will be rotating these from now on.
ff1ON NETFLIX: Cold in July, written by Nick Dimici and the director Jim Mickle, is a very clever and effective neo noir with great performances by Sam Shepard and especially Don Johnson, who steals the show. A mild mannered family man shoots an intruder and it turns out he was wanted for other crimes. But the family man discovers this might not be true. One of the best films of its year.
ff 2ON HULU:  Night on Earth is a portmanteau film from writer/director Jim Jarmusch. It dramatizes five different cab rides in five different locations on earth. The stand out is probably Roberto Benigni who picks up a priest late one night in Rome.
ff 3FIRST RUN and OPENING:  De Palma, King Jack, Diary of a Chambermaid, The Fits, Therapy for a Vampire, The Conjuring 2, The Wailing, Chevalier, The Idol, The Nice Guys, Love and Friendship, Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero, The Measure of a Man, The Lobster Continue reading

HOT AND COLD: Words and Pictures, Cold in July and Chinese Puzzle


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words and picturesOfttimes of late, and not so late, I get into a discussion/ argument/ knock down drag out fight as to whether the director or the screenwriter is more important to the success of a movie, or even to the existence of a movie. The conflict usually boils down to which is more important, the visual or written aspects.
It’s a silly argument, at least it should be, because the answer is that both are important and neither should be denigrated (and are often so intermingled that you can’t even tell what part of the film resulted from one over the other). It’s a pretty obvious conclusion, though you’d be surprised as to how many people don’t go for the obvious. Continue reading