the lower depths by jean renoir - i enjoyed it but it didnt feel as sharp, especially in regard to class, as other renoir stuff like les regles du jeu [which is one of the best movies ever made go watch it if you havent yet] or that war movie with stroheim umm umm la grande illusion or even boudu. its an adaptation of a gorky play i think and it definitely feels like an older thing not a product of the interwar years it feels like a nineteenth century socialist provocation the rich and the poor are equally human! nobility in the midst of poverty! i dunno i dunno. the film felt a little bit outside that ideology esp in the way the framing of the diffident baron changes as the film progresses though i might just be imagining that.
good men good women hou hsiao hsien - i enjoyed it a lot its my first time engaging with that 90s taiwanese wave whatever in a few years. i liked the way it elided tradition boring biopic structure it felt like youre only engaging elliptically with the two main characters chiang liang the actress and chiang bi yu the resistance fighter and character youre a comet out in the oort cloud in an oblong orbit you only come close to them you only see them for a moment and the way its chosen seems capricious or random it enables you to see a bunch of contradictory facets nothing is entirely clear a lot of things are left unsaid and unshown and it makes it so the depth of the relationships the characters have [with her sister with ah wei with chiang bi yu’s husband] are only discovered gradually it creeps up on you its a novel feeling for a biopic or even movies in general
touch of evil orson welles - i dont want to talk about this a ton cuz im getting tired its one of the more tight orson welles movies ive seen for better or for worse though theres a lot of interesting stufff in the margins and theres some really striking photography
f is for fake orson welles - documentary ostensibly about a famous art forger that constantly calls attention to and mocks its own methods of storytelling while still managing to succeed at that storytellling playful and brechtian [in the way that brechts plays actually are where theyre full of fun songs and jokes not the stereotype of dour didacticism that people infer from his theory writing]