Sunday, May 15, 2022

Rio, Rififi-style


GRAND SLAM
aka Ad ogna costi (At Any Cost)

1967
Directed by Giuliano Montaldo
Written by Mino Roli

Spoilers: moderate

Sunday, May 8, 2022

To conscript a thief


THEY MET IN BOMBAY

1941
Directed by Clarence Brown
Written by John H. Kafka and Edwin Justus Mayer

Spoilers: moderate

Friday, May 6, 2022

Mr. and Mrs. Smith


COME LIVE WITH ME

1941
Directed by Clarence Brown
Written by Virginia Van Upp and Patterson McNutt

Spoilers: moderate

Monday, April 25, 2022

In the multiverse of sadness


EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE

2022
Written and directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert

Spoilers: moderate, though if you're from a universe where obvious things aren't obvious, it's high

Sunday, April 17, 2022

The fifth famous dan (er, not Zhang Junqiu)


FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE

1993
Directed by Chen Kaige
Written by Lu Wei and Lilian Lee (based on the novel by Lilian Lee)

Spoilers: moderate, maybe high

Monday, April 11, 2022

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Write what you know


THE LOST CITY

2022
Directed by Adam Nee and Aaron Nee
Written by Seth Gordon, Oren Uziel, Dana Fox, Adam Nee, and Aaron Nee

Spoilers: moderate

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Man makes the clothes


THE OUTFIT

2022
Directed by Graham Moore
Written by Jonathan McClain and Graham Moore

Spoilers: moderate

Monday, March 21, 2022

Garbo fucks


FLESH AND THE DEVIL

1927
Directed by Clarence Brown
Written by Benjamin Glazer and Marian Ainslee (based on the novel The Undying Past by Hermann Sudermann)

Spoilers: moderate

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Evil woman


THE TEMPTRESS

1926
Directed by Fred Niblo and Mauritz Stiller
Written by Dorothy Farnum and Marian Ainslee (based on the novel A Land For All by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez)

Spoilers: moderate

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

On the other side of the water


TORRENT

1926
Directed by Monta Bell
Written by Dorothy Farnum, Katherine Hilliker, and H.H. Caldwell (based on the novel by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez)

Spoilers: moderate

Saturday, March 5, 2022

I love college. I love everything about it.


DEAD MAN ON CAMPUS

1998
Directed by Alan Cohn
Written by Anthony Abrams, Adam Larson Broder, Michael Traeger, and Mike White

Spoilers: moderate

Monday, February 28, 2022

What a disaster: The lateral inferno


CITY ON FIRE

1979
Directed by Alvin Rakoff
Written by Jack Hill, Dave Lewis, and Céline La Frenière

Spoilers: moderate

Friday, February 25, 2022

Sunday, February 20, 2022

What a disaster: Can't you see the morning after?


BEYOND THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE

1979
Directed by Irwin Allen
Written by Nelson Gidding (based on the novel by Paul Gallico)

Spoilers: moderate

Saturday, February 19, 2022

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Dead again


DEATH ON THE NILE

2022
Directed by Kenneth Branagh
Written by Michael Green (based on the novel by Agatha Christie)

Spoilers: moderate

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Until I find who did this, my heart will have no feelings and no mercy


THE BLAZING SUN
aka Sira Fi al-Wadi (Struggle In the Valley); aka The Blazing Sky

1954
Directed by Youssef Chahine
Written by Ali El Zorkani and Helmy Halim

Spoilers: moderate

Monday, February 14, 2022

The boy next door


MARRY ME

2022
Directed by Kat Coiro
Written by John Rogers, Tami Sagher, and Harper Dill (based on the comic by Bobby Crosby)

Spoilers: moderate

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Donenesque


ARABESQUE

1966
Directed by Stanley Donen
Written by Julian Mitchell, Stanley Price, and Peter Stone (based on the novel The Cipher by Gordon Cotler)

Spoilers: mild

Monday, February 7, 2022

Channing Tatum's least favorite movie of all time


GAMBIT

1966
Directed by Ronald Neame
Written by Sidney Carroll, Jack Davies, Alvin Sargent, and Shirley MacLaine

Spoilers: well, I'm going to discuss the beginning whether they like it or not, soapparently"catastrophically severe"

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Walt Disney, part XLII: Come into the light


BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

1991
Directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise
Written by so, so many people, so let's say "Linda Woolverton and Howard Ashman"

Spoilers: get real

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Sunday, January 9, 2022

American Gothic Week: And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all


THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH

1964
Directed by Roger Corman
Written by Charles Beaumont and R. Wright Campbell (based on the stories "The Masque of the Red Death" and "Hop-Frog" by Edgar Allan Poe)

Spoilers: what part of "illimitable dominion" is unclear? (high)

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

They want us up in their gray space pushing their WTF buttons


THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS

2021
Directed by Lana Wachowski
Written by David Mitchell, Aleksandar Hemon, and Lana Wachowski

Spoilers: severe

Sunday, January 2, 2022

Slender man


DADDY LONG LEGS

1955
Directed by Jean Negulesco
Written by Henry Ephron, Phoebe Ephron, and Johnny Mercer (based on the novel Daddy-Long-Legs and play Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster)

Spoilers: moderate