Werner Herzog: The Force Awakens

“There is a rocky island, far out in the sea. And a second, smaller island. They lie on the far edge of the inhabited world.” If these words, spoken by the great actor Josef Bierbichler at the end of Werner Herzog’s 1976 drama Herz aus Glas (Heart of Glass), bring to mind the final shots of a certain, […]

MCU Rewatch, Part 1

Speaking of the Avengers, a few nights ago I started rewatching all the Marvel Cinematic Universe films. I had seen all of them before, but it’s been a while for some, especially the early ones. Five movies in, I am having a blast revisiting these, and watching them close together definitely helps me appreciate the “connective tissues” […]

Best Shot: Taxi Driver

Finding the “best” shot from Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver is downright impossible. Filmed by Michael Chapman, the movie is basically made up of perfect frames, over 150,000 of them. You can just scroll to any random scene and get something like the shot above, one of the many great night shots with DeNiro driving through New York […]

Best Shot: Ieri, oggi, domani (Part 3)

Finally, we get to the third part of “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” Mara. It’s my favorite story in De Sica’s film, and we get treated to plenty of beautiful imagery, most notably courtesy of Sophia Loren, of course: But, sticking with the theme, my pick for Best Shot is once again one of Marcello Mastroianni being denied […]

Best Shot: Ieri, oggi, domani (Part 2)

Following Adelina, the second story in “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” is the Milan-set Anna. It’s the shortest of the three, and the camera is locked in on Mastroianni and Loren in the car most of the time, so there aren’t as many memorable shots as in the other installments. I love the way Anna looks at Renzo, […]

Best Shot: Ieri, oggi, domani (Part 1)

This week we’re watching Vittorio De Sica’s “Ieri, oggi, domani” (“Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”), winner of the 1965 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award and showcase of Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni as maybe the two sexiest people on the planet at that time. The film is made up of three stories, and I will share my favorite images from each […]