Alec Lane

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  • The Odd Couple

    The Odd Couple

    ★★★★★

    A perfect example of screen adaptation—Saks escalates the comic/dramatic structure of Simon’s text to a sustained extraction of interpersonal, emotional dependence from behind their projected facade by submitting the archetypal and situational elements to the omniscient appreciation of hidden psychological exchange afforded by cinematic language. The camera roves around the apartment as Felix and Oscar argue, following them from room to room as their extreme differences collide to constantly dissolve the clash of egos with visual recourse to their presence…

  • Tol'able David

    Tol'able David

    ★★★★½

    Dialogue on Tol'able David between Alec Lane and Sam Redfern

    SR - I'd like to start this dialogue off on the right track by saying that the film we'll be discussing today is one of the greatest works of cinema, not for any aesthetic achievement but rather its ethico-political multivalence. It has been called 'timeless' by many, but I think what they construe as its 'timelessness' is, in actuality, the way it is grounded within a specific form of community…

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  • Dog Day Afternoon

    Dog Day Afternoon

    ★★★★½

    Though this film’s marketing appeal was nothing revolutionary for 1975—an outlandish, ‘ripped from the headlines’ happening as the basis of its plot—Lumet’s sensibilities are so well attuned to the fundamental meaning of the story that he managed to create a deeply powerful film the worth of which goes far beyond sensationalism. In fact, much of the sensationalism is deliberately drained from the film: the matter-of-fact fashion in which the bank robbery begins, the absence of music for the film’s duration…

  • Sex and the Single Girl

    Sex and the Single Girl

    ★★★★★

    Surrounding this picture’s rather by-the-numbers romance plot is a dialogue on the opposing forces of tradition and commitment against the fragmentation of both social relations and self-understanding in post-modern capitalist society. This dialogue engorges the two romance narratives in this film so much so that there is little emotional payoff in seeing the personal conflicts resolved, the couples’ bond cemented seemingly once and for all—they carry significance pretty much only for what they indicate about the ethics of the society…

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  • Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

    Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

    ★★★★★

    After the second watch I’m thinking this is the best movie I’ve ever seen. I’m usually not one to make this sort of judgement so hastily, but this is the kind of movie that makes you reconsider just about any other that you’ve watched. Intolerance is constantly giving you so much information that you fear throughout the runtime that you will have forgotten key elements by the end. But when the picture is finished, you can’t deny the enormity of…

  • Here and Elsewhere

    Here and Elsewhere

    Embodies the 70s Godard aesthetic of excessive stimulation not only because it employs it, but because that’s what it’s dealing with on the thematic level as well. Even in the bourgeois French home, the children watch TV, then do homework, then eat dinner—an itinerary with little room for deviation. The idea of overstimulation is similar: if we are being faced with an unending succession of stimuli, which will each naturally seem to build upon the prior given the simple fact…