Saturday, April 4, 2009


10:00 a.m.
Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Superbad (2007)
Snatch (2000)
The Royal Tennebaums (2001)

11:00 a.m.
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Annie Hall (1977)
Stardust Memories (1980)
There Will Be Blood (2007)

12:00 p.m.
Clockwork Orange (1971)
2001 Space Odyssey (1968)
Donnie Darko: Director's Cut (2004)
Serenity (2005)

1:00 p.m.
Star Wars (1977)
The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Hero (2002)
The Great Dictator (1939)

2:00 p.m.
Rear Window (1954)
Memento (2000)
Detour (1945)
Pulp Fiction (1994)

3:00 p.m.
Touch of Evil (1959)
Goodfellas (1990)
The Departed (2006)
Out of the Past (1947)

4:00 p.m.
Casablanca (1942)
The Notebook (2004)
The Lion King (1994)
Pride and Prejudice (2005)

5:00 p.m.
Flashdance (1983)
Dirty Dancing (1987)
Thirteen (2003)
The Wackness (2008)

6:00 p.m.
The Graduate (1967)
Jules et Jim (1962)
28 Days Later (2002)
American Psycho (2000)

7:00 p.m.
Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
Chinatown (1974)

Join us for more discussion on Sunday!

Casablanca (1942) Dir. Michael Curtiz

In this maybe Noir maybe not film, love is as tragic as ever.

Bourne Ultimatum - Paul Greengrass

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Chinatown (1974) - Roman Polanski

(Begin 0:38)

The Great Dictator

Great Dictator was a subversive meta on Leni Riefenstahl's Triumph of the Will

The Wackness

Annie Hall (dir. Woody Allen) 1977

Out of the Past (dir. Jacques Tourneur) 1947

Convoluted flashbacks and a deadly femme that can't be shook.

Too-cool Jeff Bailey can "only see the frame" through DP Musuraca's low-key lighting.

The Great Dictator (1939) - "Triumph of the Tramp"

Detour (dir. Edgar G. Ulmer) 1945

There Will Be Blood (2007)--Paul Thomas Anderson

I drink your milkshake!

The Lion King (1994) dir. Roger Allers/Rob Minkoff

A classic scene from the movie The Lion King

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

This is a clip from Wes Anderson's "The Royal Tenenbaums"

Margot's mysterious past (warning: nudity)

Flashdance (1983) Dir. Adrian Lyne

It is the lighting combined with intelligent camera angles and movement that make this dance scene captivating and intensely erotic. The dancer clearly holds all of the attention and cinematic focus as she expresses her dominant female agency. She is going on a "manhunt" and nothing can escape her prowl.

Star Wars

Memento Opening Scene

Bourne Ultimatum

Memento Bed Scene

The Fellowship of the Ring (Peter Jackson, 2001)

The impressive CG-created character of Gollum: Notice the intricate facial expressions.

The Notebook: Opening Scene

The Notebook, 2004, Nick Cassavetes

I begun my analysis of the segment beginning at 1:25, but all of it is worth watching.

The Departed (2006) Martin Scorcese

Superbad (2007) - Greg Mottola

It is interesting that dialogue seems to be the primary driver of this scene. Also, note that it's not the content of the dialogue but the sheer existence of it across two spaces that connects the characters.

While most other connections in the scene are disjointed (no eye-line matches and the presentation of very different characters in different settings) their conversation is in perfect unison and seems to pull them together into the same on-screen space.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) - MiloŇ° Forman

Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut (2004) - Richard Kelly

(Scene runs until :54)

A Clip from The Graduate

A Clip from The Thomas Crown Affair

This is a video clip of the climax from John McTiernan's The Thomas Crown Affair (1999).

Thirteen by Catherine Hardwicke (2003)

please view 22-1:44 of this youtube clip.

A Clip From "The Graduate"

Here is a clip from the The Graduate directed by Mike Nichol in 1967.

Steven Feister

Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut (2004) - Richard Kelly

Dirty Dancing (1987)- Emile Ardolino

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Watch from 0:00 to 1:34.

Serenity (2005) -dir. Joss Whedon

American Psycho, 2000 - Mary Harron

28 Days Later (2002) - Danny Boyle

Jules et Jim, 1962 - Francois Truffaut

Stardust Memories (1980), Woody Allen