Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Long Day Closes (1992, Davies)

I don’t think my 2008 book on Terence Davies will get translated into English any time soon (as in: ever), so I decided to do this three-part audio commentary to some scenes from Davies’ masterpiece, The Long Day Closes (1992), to express some of the ideas I tried to propose in the book.

I hope you enjoy it!

*no copyright infringement intended*

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Rushmore (1998, W. Anderson)

 Rating: ****

Max Fisher (Jason Schwartzman) is a character of multiple pursuits and a singular drive: he’s a dreamer, treating reality at hand not as a mere circumstance, but as an invitation to act.

The movie tells a story of Max letting go of one dream, and of realizing many smaller ones instead. The final scene has Max directing his new play, and dancing with a woman he knows won’t ever be his. What Rushmore really says, is that letting go of an unattainable dream doesn’t necessarily mean settling for less.