"Try to avoid the Lane technique of summer moviegoing. On a broiling day, I ran to a screening of Contact, the Jodie Foster flick about messages from another galaxy. I made it for the opening credits, and, panting heavily––which, with all due respect, is not something that I find myself doing that often at Jodie Foster films––I started taking notes. These went "v. gloomy," "odd noir look for sci-fi," "creepy shadows in outdoor scene," and so on. Only after three-quarters of an hour did I remember to remove my dark glasses."

––from the introduction to Anthony Lane's collection of reviews and essays, Nobody's Perfect.
categories Cinematical