Minutiae: The Rain Dance in Kotoko

The following contains significant plot spoilers for the movie. The link between rain and catharsis is a staple of cinematic storytelling, often representative of a release of tension, a moment of acceptance, or some other instance of resolution. From Rutger Hauer musing on memories like "tears in rain" as his Roy Batty shuts down at … Continue reading Minutiae: The Rain Dance in Kotoko

Minutiae: The Opening Scene of The Naked Kiss

This week sees the UK blessed with a bluray release of Samuel Fuller' 1964 film The Naked Kiss, added to the Criterion Collection's slowly growing roster on this side of the Atlantic. It's a most welcome opportunity to rediscover one of the more outrageous and sensational films in the director's canon. While not my personal … Continue reading Minutiae: The Opening Scene of The Naked Kiss

Minutiae: The Silence in The Fog

As a new generation of filmmakers - particularly horror filmmakers - emerges in the states, John Carpenter's influence continues to grow more and more significant. Not only are modern directors eager to try to reproduce the suspense and terse unease of Carpenter's signature pictures, but they are also heavily influenced by the threadbare synth scores … Continue reading Minutiae: The Silence in The Fog

Minutiae: The Use of Coca-Cola in Mulholland Drive

It's pretty much a note of permanent record on this little site of mine that, in spite of the blog's ill-thought-out name, my favourite David Lynch film (and favourite film of all time) isĀ Mulholland Drive. It's the film that got my obsessing over film. It changed my perspective. Obsession is accurate, as every little detail … Continue reading Minutiae: The Use of Coca-Cola in Mulholland Drive

Minutiae: The Smile in Death Proof

This week Ennio Morricone was reported to have taken potshots at Quentin Tarantino in an interview with claims that he called the director a 'cretin' whose movies are 'trash'; something Morricone has since vehemently denied. Whether he did or not, it seemed like a viable time to take a look back at my favourite moment … Continue reading Minutiae: The Smile in Death Proof

Minutiae: The Curled Collars of Alien

Today I saw Ridley Scott'sĀ Alien on the big screen for the first time. I've seen it countless times before, but this was the first as it's supposed to be seen, making the screening a small personal landmark for me. It's one of my all time favourite films. That it was the theatrical cut pleased me … Continue reading Minutiae: The Curled Collars of Alien