Watching Jerzy Skolimowski’s 1970 film “Deep End”.
It’s a coming-of-age tale that follows a 15 year old boy named Mike who gets a job at a bathhouse in London where he meets a slightly older woman named Susan.
Deep End explores the obsession that can—and often does—grow in a teenage boys heart when he falls in love for the first time. Unfortunately for Mike, he’s fallen in love with a grown woman that’s unavailable and enjoys teasing him.
It’s an often overlooked piece of British cinema that deserves a look. The cast is great, especially Jane Asher as the young woman fully aware of her sexuality and the emotional hold she has on the boy, feeling empowered by it.
It’s among the most honest movies I’ve seen of this type. It’s free of melodrama and the superficial that tends to ruin many that have the potential of being a great film.
Worth a look if you’re interested in classic British cinema.
Feeling blue so… Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell it is.
Is it even possible to give an accurate description of what Nobuhiko Obayashi’s Hausu is about and also have someone take you seriously when you tell them it’s actually really good?
"All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die."
It’s one of my favourite movies but I’m only just finally getting around to watching the workprint cut.
The master of suspense. One of my favourite directors 😊
Watching Alfred Hitchcock’s Marnie. This movie gets such a hard time and doesn’t deserve it.
It’s flawed in some ways but hardly anyone appreciates the positives it has going for it that are missing from the other lesser Hitchcock films it frequently gets lumped in with.
Even though The Birds is a better film, Hedron’s performance in Marnie is much better. It’s also a fascinating character study and it’s genuinely disturbing in a psychological manner.
It was a daring move for Hitchcock to follow up 4 of the best films he ever made (Vertigo, NBNW, Psycho and The Birds) with Marnie. Even Hitchcock knew audiences weren’t going to react well to it.
Although many aspects of it don’t reach the heights of those, some do. In fact I’d argue that Marnie is one of the best characters in any Hitchcock film.
Gothic Japanese horror tonight. First up is Kaneto Shindo’s gritty and surreal ghost classic: Kuroneko aka. Black Cat.
Kuroneko is set in medieval Japan. A mother and daughter who live together are raped and killed by a gang of samurai, their house is burned down and they swear to kill every last samurai.
They begin hunting samurai, luring them back to their eerie home before killing them.
Eventually a great warrior is sent there to find out what’s killing these men and is ordered to stop it.
It’s a pretty edgy film for its time, the cinematography is excellent, the score is terrific, the lighting is perfect and the atmosphere is gritty in the first half and surreal in the second.
2014 looks to be a very good year for blu-ray’s but my most anticipated release is Criterion’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou upgrade.
While it may not necessarily be Wes Anderson’s best made film, it’s my favourite of his and it’s the only one of his films still only on DVD.
Watching any Anderson film in SD grosses me out. There are just some movies that need to be seen in HD and all of his fall into that category.
He packs just about every shot full of beautiful, quirky detail, half of which gets lost or fuzzed up on DVD.