My favorites are four of my favorites, not my four favorites. Cause who makes a top four list?
I find scenes where a journalist bashes into the glass door of a courthouse records room at 5:01 pm more thrilling than most climactic gunfights. I find scenes where the editor’s ex-friend thrusts a document back and snarls, “Get out of my house” more chilling than a bug-eyed villain with a butcher knife. I find scenes where one lawyer out-files-a-motion another lawyer more enthralling than a five body count barroom brawl.
Spotlight succeeds because its most melodramatic moment is when it shows the newspapers being printed the day the story breaks.*
There are some authors that seem to write from a higher plane. That sounds incredibly pretentious, but it’s really just about how words land on me when I read an author’s books. In Beloved, for instance, Toni Morrison depicts an emotionally shattering scene between Sethe and Paul D. After Paul D. delivers the most brutal line, Morrison describes how “...a forest sprang between them, trackless and quiet.” It’s a moment of violent psychological upheaval, but the sudden schism between them…
This is a cruel movie. Piper Laurie is a gaping wound on one bum leg, and Paul Newman is pride run amok... 18K down the drain and nary a lesson learned. George C. Scott is the heart of this film, though, and it’s black, and it’s rotten. He takes Piper Laurie to pieces, and it’s not a fair fight.
Bert Gordon is the kind of villain that ruins real lives, but maybe he’s what Fast Eddie needed.
Joe Pesci, guest curator at the Guggenheim, provides his insight regarding Ms. Scorsese’s painting Two Dogs and a Man With a Nice Head of Hair in a Boat.
“I like this one. One dog goes one way, and the other dog goes the other way. And this guy’s saying, ‘Waddaya want from me?’”
I don’t know if I can write coherent thoughts about this film, so here are some things that stood out:
-Andrea Riseborough has such a distinctive face. She’s an excellent actress, but also a perfect aesthetic fit in hallucinogenic films like this and Mandy. I don’t know if her distinctive face also makes her 51% melted maskface look cool, but it does!
-It’s great that Ned Stark (Sean Bean) plays a prick dad instead of his DutyHonorCallMyAgent Game of Thrones…