Today I Watched: The Lady Eve (Preston Sturges, 1941)

The Lady Eve (dir. Preston Sturges, 1941)


“If I were asked to name the single scene in all of romantic comedy that was sexiest and funniest at the same time, I would advise beginning at six seconds past the 20-minute mark in Preston Sturges’ The Lady Eve, and watching as Barbara Stanwyck toys with Henry Fonda’s hair in an unbroken shot that lasts three minutes and 51 seconds.” —Roger Ebert

Score: 9− out of 10.

Today I Watched: Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)

Psycho (dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)

“I don’t care about the subject matter; I don’t care about the acting; but I do care about the pieces of film and the photography and the soundtrack and all of the technical ingredients that made the audience scream. I feel it’s tremendously satisfying for us to be able to use the cinematic art to achieve something of a mass emotion. And with Psycho we most definitely achieved this. It wasn’t a message that stirred the audiences, nor was it a great performance or their enjoyment of the novel. They were aroused by pure film.” —Alfred Hitchcock

Score: 9½ to 10− out of 10.

Today I Re-Watched: Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982)

Blade Runner: The Final Cut (dir. Ridley Scott, 1982/2007)

“This movie, to me, embodies the elegance, the power, and the uniqueness of a film experience. It does not depend on a screenplay that is written in any other form. It’s the most classical, beautiful, purest movie-making writing, and then the film-making itself is—the images and the sound and the music—it’s eight of those ten layers of storytelling. That’s the difference. It’s pure cinema.” —Guillermo del Toro

Score: 10− out of 10.

Today I Watched: Stardust Memories (Woody Allen, 1980)

Stardust Memories (dir. Woody Allen, 1980)

Score: 7+ to 7½ out of 10.

Today I Watched: For a Few Dollars More (Sergio Leone, 1965)

For a Few Dollars More (Per qualche dollaro in più, dir. Sergio Leone, 1965)

For a Few Dollars More

For a Few Dollars More, like all of the grand and corny Westerns Hollywood used to make, is composed of situations and not plots. Plots were dangerous because if a kid went out to get some popcorn he might miss something.” —Roger Ebert

Provisional score: 7+ out of 10.

Today I Watched: Black Swan (Darren Aronofsky, 2010)

Black Swan (dir. Darren Aronofsky, 2010)

Score: 9+ out of 10.

Today I Watched: Kiki’s Delivery Service (Miyazaki Hayao, 1989)

Kiki’s Delivery Service (Majo no Takkyūbin, dir. Miyazaki Hayao, 1989)

“Our first image of Kiki when we meet her is of the form of a small girl flying through the night sky over the capital. Many lights shine, but there is not a single light to warmly beckon her. She is isolated as she flies in the sky. It is usually felt that the power of flight would liberate one from the earth, but freedom is accompanied by anxiety and loneliness. Our heroine is a girl who has decided to identify herself by her ability to fly. Quite a few TV cartoons about little witches have been made before this, but the witchcraft has always merely been the means to fulfill the dreams of young girls. They have always become idols with no difficulties. The witch of Majo no Takkyūbin (Kiki’s Delivery Service) does not possess that convenient kind of power.” —Miyazaki Hayao

Score: 9+ out of 10.