Today I Watched: The Ghost Writer (Roman Polanski, 2010)

The Ghost Writer (dir. Roman Polanski, 2010)

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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.

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Today I Watched: Rosemary’s Baby (Roman Polanski, 1968)

Rosemary’s Baby (dir. Roman Polanski, 1968)

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Score: 9½ out of 10.

Today I Watched: Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974)

Chinatown (dir. Roman Polanski, 1974)

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Score: 9/10.

Today I Re-Watched: Carnage (Roman Polanski, 2011)

Carnage (dir. Roman Polanski, 2011)

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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.