Moments Out Of Time 2015

‘It Follows’

It Follows: A classroom reading of “Prufrock”—”and in short I was afraid”; old woman seen slowly approaching across schoolyard…
• In Bridge of Spies, Jim Donovan (Tom Hanks) instructing CIA man Hoffman (Scott Shepherd) on what makes them Americans: “the rule book”…
• The head-scratching guys, Spotlight: Marty (Michael Keaton) post-golf and Mike (Mark Ruffalo) post-run, beginning to have a sense of how big the story might get…
• Indian stepping straight out of dark screen into firelight, The Revenant
Timbuktu: walking through haze glare of sun while getting away from the suddenly dead Amadou…
Carol: steam off the road caught in headlights at night…
• A fetal form curled up in bright green grass, the little boy (Jacob Tremblay) who has just fallen out of his Room into a great ocean of world…
• An exquisitely manufactured Eve (Alicia Vikander) contemplates iterations of her own visage, displayed on her creator’s wall in Ex Machina….
• Tour-de-force directing and acting in Clouds of Sils Maria: Maria (Juliet Binoche) running lines with Valentine (Kristen Stewart), the two slipping back and forth between the dynamics of the script and their relationship, between roleplaying in and for Oliver Assayas’s movie and acting out as themselves…
• Glorious, deadly moment in Phoenix when the caged bird (Nina Voss) sings, and voice becomes definitive signature of self

‘Phoenix’

• The way Elly (Taraneh Alidoosti) lets herself get carried away by kite-flying on the beach, carried right out of frame while the camera holds on an ocean where tragedy is about to change everything … in About Elly
Brooklyn: Tony (Emory Cohen) holding a blanket up as Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) gets undressed at the beach, and his unabashed delight with the way his Irish girl looks in a bathing suit…
• Lysistrata (Teyonah Parris) and her sisters, holed up in the Armory, assaulted by sexy slow-jams in Chi-Raq
Mad Max: Fury Road: After the storm, a sand ridge that moves and is Max (Tom Hardy)…
• For no rational reason, one of the good guys (Patrick Wilson) starts bloody surgery on a fallen cannibal’s throat in Bone Tomahawk. It’s a while before we discover he’s “eaten” a monster’s voice….
• A bare-chested brute masturbates in a barrel bathtub, making ripples. Behind him, two distant figures, father and daughter (Viggo Mortensen and Viibjork Maling Agger), sit utterly still in the engulfing landscape of Jauja….
• Kevin Corrigan photographing his food—Results
• Sam Elliott—eleven minutes of greatness in Grandma: “Sage? Nice name. Pungent. Want some zucchini?”
• Topping a steep incline at dusk, Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) takes in a screen-spanning vision of stampeding buffalo, attacking wolves, a Pawnee hunter—just another food chain in The Revenant
• In Creed, Donny (Michael B. Jordan) tells Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) it’s OK if his smartphone gets broken, because he’s already stored his program “in the cloud.” Replies Rock, “What cloud?,” looking up to see whether he can spot it….
• Fingers plucking at a weed after backseat sex—It Follows
• The wind in brittle leaves outside cottage window—45 Years
• Candleflame bleeds into itself, and us, in The Assassin
• In Spotlight, church towers seeming to rise up out of Boston homes…
• Torches, night fog, riders among trees—The Revenant
• Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) catching snowflakes on her tongue, The Hateful Eight
• Soap bubbles bursting on milady’s undies, The Duke of Burgundy…
• A woman’s bandaged face as tabula rasa, focus of annihilating male gazes: Phoenix and Goodnight, Mommy…
• Tribute paid in Kingsman: The Secret Service, Samuel L. Jackson to Colin Firth: “You know your thyit.”…
• Samuel L. Jackson’s flash glee as Chi-Raq‘s chorus…

‘Chi-Raq’

• Ronnie Hall in Stray Dog as he prepares to exit his mobile home, leaving a couchful of canines: “Put some dog TV on”…
• A kid edges deeper and deeper into the dark crawlspace under his grandparents’ farmhouse where something waits, in The Visit….
• In Goodnight, Mommy, a boy winks in and out behind crowded tree trunks … until he doesn’t…
• Ma (Brie Larson) outside police car window, Room
• Molly Shannon’s drunk, heartbroken, somehow flirtatious welcome when Greg reluctantly turns up to visit her terminally ill daughter, in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl…
• Blythe Danner getting sloshed over a long afternoon shooting the breeze with her pool cleaner in I’ll See You in My Dreams
• Monroe’s (Alexander Skarsgard’s) queasily swift slippage from precarious adulthood into adolescent horniness over beers with young Minnie (Bel Powley)—Diary of a Teenage Girl
• Sam Elliott’s Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde switcheroo in Grandma, a jilted lover’s vengeance that’s been a long time coming…
• Ryan Gosling in The Big Short: “That’s a nice shirt, do they make it for men?”…
It Follows: lobby door at moviehouse, where a girl in a yellow dress is or isn’t standing…
Bridge of Spies: “Don’t say my guy. He’s not my guy”—Jim Donovan’s first words prophetic several times over, though he can’t know it at the time…
Creed: Taking out her ears, Bianca (Tessa Thompson) doesn’t hear Donny say “I need you right now.”…
• Boldwood (Michael Sheen) confessing to Gabriel (Matthias Schoenaerts) that he feels “the most terrible grief”—Far from the Madding Crowd
• Slide show in attic, 45 Years: Kate Mercer’s/Charlotte Rampling’s face and, seen simultaneously from behind the sheet, the face of the woman her husband loved half a century before…
Spotlight: Getting deeper into his interview with Sacha (Rachel McAdams), Joe Crowley (Michael Cyril Creighton) registers the arrival of fresh cups of coffee and says, “We should probably get these to go.”…
Carol: “Just when you think it can’t get any worse, you run out of cigarettes.”…
• Coffee steam curling under Marquis Warren’s (Samuel L. Jackson’s) hatbrim, The Hateful Eight
• Attorney Donovan sizing up his client (Mark Rylance) in Bridge of Spies: “You don’t seem alarmed.” “Would it help?”…
• In Youth, Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine) sitting and staring silently at the offscreen suicide of his oldest friend…
• Roger Deakins channeling Gabriel Figueroa: skies in Sicario

‘Sicario’

• Night stage disappearing up a funnel of road, The Salvation
• GPS the cow’s dying, Timbuktu
• “I’m comin’.” Assurance spoken to dying horse in Bone Tomahawk
• Over the cliff and into snowy pine, The Revenant
It Follows: Impossibly tall man enters Jay’s room right behind Yara…
• Nathan (Oscar Isaac) and one of his Ex Machina playthings breaking out in mirrored dance moves, madly mechanical exuberance…
• Hamish Linklater in The Big Short: “Please don’t be chipper in the face of me being miserable. It makes me hate you.”…
• Han Solo (Harrison Ford) ever exasperated: “So? It’s big!” Star Wars IV: The Force Awakens
• Polecats and hog-riding old ladies in Mad Max: Fury Road
• On a sunny Swiss hillside, Michael Caine conducts the music of the natural world: Youth
Kingsman: Michael Caine, aristocratic for the occasion, reverting to full Alfie mode in his final moment…
• Brando’s disintegrating digital head, quoting Shakespeare, in Listen to Me Marlon

‘Listen to Me Marlon’

Creed: Rock says he’s “back there, in the past, with all those guys on that wall.”…
• “Ha.” Mary Sinclair’s (Annette Bening’s) response when Danny Collins (Al Pacino) asks what college she goes to…
Carol: lighted windows on Frankenberg’s electric train set…
• Kite passing empty doorway, About Elly
The Hateful Eight: After delivering an aria of race baiting, Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins) cheerfully protests, “I was talking politics!”…
Spotlight: Sacha Pfeiffer’s look as the former Father Paquin (Richard O’Rourke) patiently explains he did it for the children: “I fooled around, but I never felt gratified myself.”…
• In the dead of night, grandma scrabbling around the hall on all fours—The Visit…
Chi-Raq: Sam Jackson’s Dolmedes striding up into view in front of huge, Patton-like American flag…
• Ian McKellen in/as Mr. Holmes: “It isn’t a bee, it’s a wasp. Different thing entirely.”…
• Roar of moths, The Duke of Burgundy
• Traffic light going red over longshot post-accident, The Final Girls
• A long-limbed dandy’s (Matthew Fox’s) brutally sudden ending, hurt and left to die by the side of a dusty scrubland track, in Bone Tomahawk
• In Creed, the young lovers’ first kiss, upside down…
• Kevin Corrigan and Cobie Smulders, Results: watching her watch TV from a medicine ball…
• Nailed it!: Dean O’Gorman as Kirk Douglas, Trumbo; Emory Cohen as nice Italian boy in the Fifties, Brooklyn; Ben Vereen as canny but distinctly cuckoo street creature, Time out of Mind; Alfre Woodard in Mississippi Grind as a nice lady who turns out to be … whatever…

Emory Cohen

The Hateful Eight: trying to get a clear look at Demián Bichir between his hatbrim and his beard…
• ISIS guy stymied by woman washing her hair, Timbuktu
• Francis Gary Powers and U2 falling together, Bridge of Spies
• The ridiculous giant green-felt frog that has no rhyme or reason to show up for the climactic mayhem of Yakuza Apocalypse
He Never Died: Deadpan Jack (Henry Rollins) plucks bullets out of his forehead with needlenose pliers—”otherwise you get migraines.”…
Bone Tomahawk: In the aftermath of the troglodytes’ horrific reduction of man to meat, Chicory (Richard Jenkins) retreats into memory, that time when he went to a flea circus and wondered whether the stars were electrified corpses or live actors….
• The bear, The Revenant
• The ultrafocused busyness of Stanley Tucci’s Mitch Garabedian, Spotlight (“You’re shitting me.” “No, I am not shitting you.”)…
• Colonel Abel, finding “visitors” in his dim apartment at the beginning of Bridge of Spies, begs indulgence to clean his paintbrushes lest they be ruined … and quietly blots out the spywork he was just doing. (Mark Rylance is God.)…
Creed: Michael B. Jordan’s gobsmacked expression after going one bloody round with the British champion, as if he didn’t get how good this guy was until this very moment…
• Throughout Son of Saul, despite the tight focus on a man’s face (Géza Röhrig), the frame can’t wall out images from Dante’s Inferno….

‘Son of Saul’

• In the derelict high school, under ripple-shadow and thunder—It Follows
• Donkey walks through football match, Timbuktu. They wait….
Stray Dog: Ronnie Hall assuring the bees he means them no harm and appreciates what they do…
Mad Max: Fury Road: Almost subliminal thumb-up to first victim-wife just before she is lost…
• Every moment Saoirse Ronan’s face fills the screen in Brooklyn, the almost unbearable clarity of her gaze recalling the way Anna Karina (and Falconetti) looked into Godard’s camera…
• Styles of stonewalling in Spotlight: Billy Crudup, Paul Guilfoyle, Jamey Sheridan…
• Scott Shepherd in Bridge of Spies as CIA man Hoffman—a ginger skull…
• Sharp casting of Kevin Crowley as Carol‘s divorce lawyer, an echt-Fifties creature…
• Anthony Michael Hall as Russian mega–fitness guru, Results
• By gad, he is in The Hateful Eight! How Channing Tatum shows up….
The Assassin: mist and reeds moving between us and island…
• Tom (Bobby) Cannavale watching the father who will outlive him, Danny Collins
• The cold, almost perfunctory precision with which brand-new star Chloë Grace Moretz cuts the veteran Juliet Binoche down on their way out of an autobiographical play, in Clouds of Sils Maria…
• Blythe Danner sings “Cry Me a River” at karaoke bar, I’ll See You in My Dreams….
• Ma (Brie Larson), voice cracking: “I’m sorry I’m not NICE anymore!”—Room
Bridge of Spies: Schischkin (Mikhail Gorevoy) commiserates on the loss of Donovan’s overcoat to East German thugs—after all, it was from Saks Fifth Avenue—and Donovan’s silent registering of the implications of that remark….
• The terrible violence of Kate’s gesture of rejection and rage at the end of 45 Years, even as no one else notices … “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”…
• Distant avalanche past Hugh Glass’s shoulder, The Revenant…
• Best suburban neighborhood street opening since Halloween: the amazing on-your-mark, get-set, go of It Follows. And then the shore…

Copyright © 2016 by Richard T. Jameson and Kathleen Murphy

‘The Revenant’

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