Cinellaneous
The name's William. This is just an avenue for exhibiting my cinephelia. If you have a bone to pick with me, an interesting story, or a strong opinion please send it in. I hope you enjoy these films as much as I do.
  • Summertime (1955)

    Directed By: David Lean

    Shot By: Jack Hildygard

    Written By: David Lean & H.E. Bates

    Based on the play “The Time of the Cuckoo” by Arthur Laurents

    Taking a quick break from some homework I thought I would watch a film. Never did I think it would be possible to travel halfway around the globe but it happened in just an hour and forty minutes. Who better than to show me around the streets of Venice than David Lean and Jack Hildygard themselves. The cinematography in this picture is marvelous. Lean is pretty damn good at utilizing a subtle moving camera.  

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  • Dazed and Confused (1993)

    Written and Directed By: Richard Linklater

    Shot By: Lee Daniel

    Richard Linklater is one of the most important names in the independent film movement. To this day, he manages to keep his budgets low and somehow not skimp on the content of his films. This classic needs no blurb. Just appreciation. 

    - WA

    Poster by Adam Joresko

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  • Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

    Directed By: David Lean

    Written By: Robert Bolt & Michael Wilson

    Shot By: Freddie Young

    Based on the writings of T.E. Lawrence

    “Before I go off and direct a movie, I always look at four films. They tend to be The Seven Samurai, Lawrence Of Arabia, It’s A Wonderful Life and The Searchers.” - Steven Spielberg

    In an interview I found of Spielberg he describes how this film “emotionally pulverized him” in a way that caused him to leave the theater in awe. Later that week, he went to purchase the soundtrack in which he proceeded to play over and over for months reliving the film in his mind. This film is fantastic on all fronts. What makes it even more special is that there is no way it could be done today without using CGI. O’Toole’s performance immediately gives the audience an idea of who T.E. Lawrence really is without any exposition whatsoever. Potential top tenner.

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  • I have been absent from cinellaneous for some time due to making my firt short film. Please enjoy and feel free to tell me what you think about it. Thanks to all who helped out in the process.

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  • Videodrome (1983)

    Written and Directed By: David Cronenberg

    First time i’ve been Cronenberged. I’ll have to let this movie simmer in my head.

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  • Take The Money and Run (1969)

    Directed By: Woody Allen

    Written By: Woody Allen & Mickey Rose

    His debut feature is funnier than one would expect it to be. There is a lot of interesting camera movement in this as well.

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  • Let Me In (2010)

    Written and Directed By: Matt Reeves

    Based on the book by John Ajvide Lindqvist

    This American adaptation of the Swedish film was actually pretty good. i enjoyed the original better but for an American remake there was enough deviations and innovations used to make this movie its own thing.

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  • Kon Tiki (2012)

    Directed By: Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg

    Written By: Petter Skavian

    More of an international film than a purely Norwegian one. This is because there are several languages spoken as well as locations used. I enjoyed that aspect of it as well as the movie overall. A remarkable story.

  • Kon Tiki (1950)

    Directed By: Thor Heyerdahl

    This documentary can be found on YouTube and won the Academy Award for the best feature in 1950. It chronicles the remarkable journey of Thor and his crew to prove that Polynesia was settled by South Americans.

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  • The Aviator (2004)

    Directed By: Martin Scorsese

    Written By: John Logan

    Having no idea this was about Howard Hughes, I watched this film because Marty and Leo had both said that this was the one film they would pick for people to see if it were the only one involving the longtime collaboration. They were right.

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  • Easy Rider (1969)

    Directed By: Dennis Hopper

    Written By: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, & Terry Southern

    Hippie culture. Hogs. Drugs. Jack Nicholson. The landscape shots will make you embarrassed you ever tried to Instagram a sunset. The editing was excellent as well. 

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  • Some Like It Hot (1959)

    Directed By: Billy Wilder

    Written By: Billy Wilder & I.A.L. Diamond

    A Billy Wilder film is just what i needed to balance the darkness of True Detective. There’s only so much satanic cult drama one can take. Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis are the perfect antidote.

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  • The Color Of Money (1986)

    Directed By: Martin Scorsese

    Written By: Richard Price

    I do not know what is better, the 80’s score by Robbie Robertson, Fast Eddie Felson’s reprisal, or Tom Cruise jumping around a pool table to Warron Zevon. I’ll spend the rest of the year at the pool hall reflecting on this wishing it was an experience in my life.

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  • The Hustler (1961)

    Directed By: Robert Rossen

    Written By: Sidney Carrol & Robert Rossen

    Based on the book by Walter Tevis

    Newman is suberb while the cinematography and dialogue follows suit. I’ll be at the pool hall for the rest of the week now.

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