36. The Mirror (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1975, Russia)

And suddenly all changed, like in a trance,
Even trivial things, so often used and tried,
When standing ‘tween us, guarding us,
Was water, solid, stratified.
It carried us I don’t know where.
Retreating before us, like some mirage,
Were cities, miraculously fair.
Under our feet the mint grass spread,
The birds were following our tread,
The fishes came to a river bend,
And to our eyes the sky was open.

Behind us our fate was groping,
Like an insane man with a razor in his hand.


31. Knife In The Water (Roman Polanski, 1962, Poland)

how great is this movie and how great is that score?

saw this on a fully blank slate, knowing nothing other than the fact that, gun to my head, rosemary’s baby is the greatest horror movie ever made. this is more of a tense claustrophobic drama, economical in both its production values and efficient storytelling. watch it tomorrow.