Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Fishing Trip (2)

Deliverance (1972)
dir. John Boorman

Archer "Pipeline Fever" (2011)
dir. Adam Reed

The Girlie Show

Burlesque (1930)
Thomas Hart Benton

Girlie Show (1941)
Edward Hopper

Two diametrically opposed takes on the same scene. Benton's salacious plunge into the scene feels like a painterly version of Orson Welles, Jean Renoir, or Spike Lee. Hopper's melancholy distance, by contrast, is more like Stanley Kubrick, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, or John Cassavetes.

The Film Reel

Peeping Tom (1960)
dir. Michael Powell

Hugo (2011)
dir. Martin Scorsese

from Egbert Souse

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Little Explorer

The Transparent Man vs. The Fly Man (1957)
dir. Mitsuo Murayama

Kingsajz (1988)
dir. Juliusz Machulski

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Monday, February 20, 2012

The Bloody Hand

Stray Dog (1949)
dir. Akira Kurosawa

Memories of Murder (2003)
dir. Bong Joon-ho

The Man from Nowhere (2010)
dir. Jeong-beom Lee

Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Revolver

Zero Day (2003)
dir. Ben Coccio

The Man from Earth (2007)
dir. Richard Schenkman

The Last Word

 Alien (1979)
dir. Ridley Scott

Alien: Resurrection (1997)
dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet

The Dark and Deep Woods

The stilly woods
Grow dark and deep

The Poems of Archibald Lampman "Evening" (1899)
Archibald Lampman

The woods are lovely, dark and deep

New Hampshire: A Poem with Notes and Grace Notes "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" (1923)
Robert Frost

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Retreat

This just occurred to me:

Joseph H. Lewis's 1952 war film Retreat, Hell! takes its title from a Marine slogan which means "we won't retreat." The poster, which prominently features an American soldier running away*, seems to have interpreted the title to be pro-retreat. Maybe like it means "retreat FROM hell." Odd.

* in fairness, he's running away as toughly as possible.

The Drill Instructor

Wings (1927)
dir. William A. Wellman

Full Metal Jacket (1987)
dir. Stanley Kubrick

The Hunter

The Hunters (1958)
dir. Dick Powell

Star Wars (1977)
dir. George Lucas

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Elevator Shaft

Die Hard (1988)
dir. John McTiernan

Beyond the Black Rainbow (2012) (trailer)
dir. Panos Cosmatos

The Head Aloft

David and Goliath (1866?)
Gustave Doré

Clash of the Titans (1981)
dir. Desmond Davis

Conan the Barbarian (1982)
dir. John Milius

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Director

Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullman, Sven Nykvist and Ingmar Bergman take a break during the filming of Persona in 1965. (1965)

Stardust Memories (1980)
dir. Woody Allen

Anyone know who took that Persona photo?

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Ski Racer

Ski Racer (1969)
dir. Paul Ryan

Downhill Racer (1969)
dir. Michael Ritchie

Ski Racer and Downhill Racer were both shot at the 1969 FIS Alpine Ski World Cup. Paul Ryan's camera crew is even in the background of Michael Ritchie's film. Downhill Racer has entered the canon, but Paul Ryan's excellent direct cinema film seems to have slipped through the cracks. I only discovered it through in a Film Quarterly back issue. It's worth a watch and the intertextuality - as it usually does - enhances both films.

The Villain with the Cat

Shinobi no mono (1962)
dir. Satsuo Yamamoto

You Only Live Twice (1967)
dir. Lewis Gilbert

When English author Roald Dahl saw Shinobi no mono on a visit to Japan, he was sufficiently impressed to borrow from it for his screenplay for the James Bond script of You Only Live Twice.

The Subway Vent

What Happened on 23rd Street, New York City (1901)
dir. Edwin S. Porter

The Seven Year Itch (1955)
dir. Billy Wilder

The Web By the River

Great Adventure (1953)
dir. Arne Sucksdorff

The Night of the Hunter (1955)
dir. Charles Laughton