Themeless Quick Hits

This weeks “Themeless Quick Hits” is another themeless mash-up of uncollected films. Mostly, some are, but there was no solid, complete theme. Lawless dir. John Hillcoat – 2012 – 7.00 – Several years ago I watched The Proposition by John Hillcoat, but not because of the director but because of the writer. I have been […]

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Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid

Oh my God, are they going to kill that kid? No, oh good because that is not what I signed up for. After the credits the first inter-title states, “A picture with a smile – and perhaps, a tear,” so I was genuinely stunned when the tough pulled his revolver on the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes. Soon, though, my laughter started to gain steam until I was on a giggle course straight through to the dream sequence.

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Tokyo Olympiad

What are the Olympics? A sporting event designed to feature summer and winter sports occurring once every four years staggered? Yes, but. The Olympics are more than this and that is what director Kon Ichikawa was looking to highlight. To him the Olympics is a two week span of world peace. For two weeks nations around the world come together for sport.

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Dead Ringers

My wife called me the moment the screen went black at the end of the film. The vibrating phone disconnected me from David Cronenberg’s Toronto, from the office of Doctors Mantle. My phone, at that second, acted as a defibrillator jolting me back into the real world and breaking the seal on my possibly collapsed lungs.

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