The Ghost Writer (dir. Roman Polanski, 2010)
“The Ghost Writer is handsome, smooth and persuasive. It is a Well-Made Film. Polanski at 76 provides a reminder of directors of the past who were raised on craft, not gimmicks, and depended on a deliberate rhythm of editing rather than mindless quick cutting. The film immerses you in its experience. It’s a reminder that you can lose yourself in a story because all a film really wants to do is tell it.” —Roger Ebert
Score: 9+ out of 10.
Rosemary’s Baby (dir. Roman Polanski, 1968)
Score: 9½ out of 10.
Chinatown (dir. Roman Polanski, 1974)
Carnage (dir. Roman Polanski, 2011)
ALAN: Yes, Doodle, we care in a hysterical way. Not like heroic figures of a social movement. (To Penelope.) I saw your friend Jane Fonda on TV the other day. Made me wanna run out and buy a Ku Klux Klan poster.
PENELOPE: My friend Jane Fonda? What does that mean? What the hell does that mean?
ALAN: You’re the same breed, the same kind of involved, problem-solver woman. Those are not the women we like; the women we like are sensual, crazy, shot full of hormones. The gatekeepers of the world, the ones who want to show off how perceptive they are? Huge turn-off. Even poor Michael, your own husband, is turned off…
Score: 7½ out of 10.