Le Doulos

 

Film, 1962

I don’t really get the allure of the cool criminal movie. Sometimes when I read about one like this it turns out that the director based it on people he actually knew. So that seems legit, but having been raised in a culture soaked in Tarantino and his derivatives, that aspect of these films is kind of wasted on me. But that’s okay, because these things are usually so well done and absorbing, like slipping into a bubble bath, that by the end of it you don’t know if it lasted an hour or four. This one’s got some canny storytelling tricks, but occasionally jostles you awake with its overabundance of style. Unless there really is a time and place where women who look like that spend hours getting their hair and makeup to look like that and then wear those nylons just to lay around reading before tucking in for the night, because if that’s case sign me the fuck up. The only thing not to like here is that this movie, at its core, is about bro love, which is kind of annoying.


Bob Le Flambeur

Film, 1956

Sometimes it’s hard for me to come up with any specific thoughts on a film like this, an old movie that is a pleasure to watch from beginning to end and full of hot shit cool people from the 50’s, not to mention its mind-numbing lead actress. I feel like the ending probably has something to say that I’m too loaded on coffee to process- The protagonist spends the whole move in a slump, and breaking it causes the untimely death of his protege. One actual thought I did manage to have while viewing this was this it sure didn’t seem storyboarded, and I mean that in a good way. I don’t know if it was or not, but it felt loose. Like they showed up for filming and shot everything the best way they could figure out, and some pretty interesting angles came out of it. There’s room to breathe, not every single shot advances the plot. Sometimes it’s nice to take a moment to just watch the characters.

Le Samouraï

Film, 1967

Le Samurai doesn’t have much to offer beyond beautiful colors and a mesmerizing pace, but it’s more than enough to get satisfyingly lost in for it’s running length. 3.5


Made

I really, really love this movie. The tonal shift it takes when the story switches coasts is really cool. The music is great. Vince Vaughn is doing his regular shtick, but when put in the context of this story becomes terrifying (and actually interesting). Great writing, great casting (Peter Falk and P. Diddy, together for the first time!) and a great ending. 4/5