Just watched Le Cercle Rouge, a french crime noir from 1970 by Jean-Pierre Meville. Brilliant movie, and Melville is slowly becoming one of my favourite directors and I've only seen two films of his, the other being Le Samourai. This wasn't quite as good as that, but that's not a bad thing because that's a masterpiece and one of the best movies ever made. This wasn't quite that, but it was still amazing, and so much better than any crime/heist movie since imo. Every scene is just so stylish and incredibly cool, so are the performances. Alain Delon is one of the coolest motherfuckers I've ever seen. The film is stylish, but there's also a ton of substance to back it up with great themes running throughout. The best robbery/heist scene ever put on film imo, so tense and so intricately thought out it's amazing. The last line of dialogue was such a perfect end, and I remember talking about the 'best last lines' or something on here, well, this is up there. Just brings the film to a great conclusion and sums it up perfectly. Brilliant. If you haven't seen the work of Jean-Pierre Meliville then I seriously recommend it to anyone who loves movies, and anyone who wants to see a true master at work.
You will not see a better movie from Melville than Le Samourai. But if you liked Melville i recommend you to saw movies from the Nouvelle Vague/Rive Gauche era.
And if you are interested, Melville makes a cameo in Jean-Luc Godard's "Breathless" (a classic) where he says one of the most popular Godard Quotes “To become immortal, and then die.”
I actually really enjoyed 'Super 8' (thought it felt like kind of a throwback to the family movies of the 80's), although I think its one of those polarizing movies where you either love it or hate it.
Last night I saw Looper in a dream and it was the most awesome film ever. Woke up and thought "hm, should I still go see it?". Then I actually woke up. The same dream had me explaining to my friend why JGL's face looks funny and how he's that little kid from 3rd Rock from the Sun. Guy was shocked.
Yeah Le Samourai is incredible. I've got more Melville and a ton of Godard lined up to watch soon so Breathless is a definite must watch for me. French 'New Wave' is becoming one of, if not my favourite type of cinema, admittedly I've got loads to watch before I can actually claim that, but yeah.