Film: Arrival (2016)

Arrival of Perception: Daily lessons to learn from non-linear time. Arrival is a film about perception, disguised as a film about alien contact. In his film, director Denis Villeneuve outlines a theory that the key to unlocking greater perception could be our mode of communication. He goes on to contemplate whether knowledge of future events…

Film: Melinda and Melinda (2004)

One of the reasons that I enjoy Melinda and Melinda so much is that I originally found it to be something of a self-revelatory watch. If you were to ask me about my general outlook, I would probably place myself in the category of “glass half empty” (As Alvy Singer said, “I have a pessimistic…

Film: Rio Bravo (1953): A Perfect Shot

The perfect shot in Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks, 1958) takes place during the tense barroom scene in the first third of the film. That scene depicts a close interrogation of the bar’s patrons by Dean Martin’s character Dude, and John Wayne’s sheriff John T Chance as they try to track down a murderer on the…

Film: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962): A Perfect Shot

“No, sir. This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” Maxwell Scott, The Man who Shot Liberty Valance The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is an epic work by John Ford which centres on its two leading characters. Ranse Stoddard, played by Jimmy Stewart, is the mild mannered man of…

Film: Match Point (2005)

This site’s review of Hannah and Her Sisters noted a consistent feature of Allen’s work, namely that his characters don’t tend to be preoccupied with normal worldly concerns. These are people who have accountants to shuffle investments around, who need to free-up cash flow in times of hardship, or have rich friends and family who…