Movie Reviews

Movie Review: Bonnie and Clyde

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Written by David Newman and Robert Benton and Robert Towne (uncredited).
Directed by Arthur Penn.
1967.

Bonnie and Clyde startles in its silences, its awkward moments, its missing pieces, sometimes literally, when the edits are rough, the frames just not there — as if the filmmakers, too, lack the full and cohesive picture of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. Of course, don’t we all. Theirs is a story that intersects gloriously¬†between fact and fiction, truth and myth. And Arthur Penn’s movie is a brilliant, unforgettable telling of that story myth.

“You know what you done there? You told my story, you told my whole story right there, right there. One time, I told you I was gonna make you somebody. That’s what you done for me. You made me somebody they’re gonna remember.” — Clyde Barrow

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Movie Reviews

Movie Review: The Big Sleep

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Written by William Faulkner.
From the novel by Raymond Chandler.
Directed by Howard Hawks.
1946.

In praise of style above all else here, and there’s nothing but praise for this: it’s¬†nifty the way Marlowe and Ohls light up in that hallway. Marlowe tosses his match to the floor. Behind him are a cigarette bin and a firehose. Almost as nifty as a tossed salute from a doorway to the tune of “And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine.”

“You know what he’ll do when he comes back? Beat my teeth out, then kick me in the stomach for mumbling.” — Philip Marlowe

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