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Shotgun Stories
4 days ago via Movies on iPhone

Jeff Nichols' feature debut is a beautifully shot film about the consequences and cycle of violence, with memorable performances, judicious editing and great use of music. Looking back now, one of the greatest pleasures is seeing the potential Nichols has promised here being fully realised in later works like Take Shelter and Midnight Special, as well as the influence the film has had on works such as Blue Ruin.

The Big Easy
The Big Easy (1987)
4 days ago via Movies on iPhone

Erm... I liked the music? And the colour scheme was very interesting. But, I found Dennis Quaid's character endlessly irritating and the male posturing wearying. The central relationship is unconvincing at best, rapey at worst, and the story just doesn't grip in the way it should. The film garners momentum when John Goodman's character shows up, but it's largely too little too late.

Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut (A Man Escaped)
5 days ago via Movies on iPhone

A flawless, precision-tooled masterpiece, where every frame works perfectly. Unsentimental but profound and moving, it is suspenseful as any classsic Hitchcock, gripping from start to finish. I can see why it is sometimes sighted as one of the greatest films of all time.

Hud
Hud (1963)
6 days ago via Movies on iPhone
½

Beautifully photographed anti-hero drama/western, with teriffic performances (peak-sexy Paul Newman and fantastically complex Patricia Neal) and some really memorable moments. It feels somehow wonderfully subversive yet also very 1960s.

Goodnight Mommy
14 days ago via Movies on iPhone
½

An extremely well made psychological horror with quality writing and many superb moments, especially in the bravura second half. There is a narrative twist and I did figure it out but this in no way lessoned the impact (indeed my predicted foreknowledge made for unbearably tense viewing).

Susanne Wuest is brilliant as the titular mommy, expertly playing with audience sympathies throughout.