The Holy Girl – 2004 Martel


Martel’s 2nd film picks right up where here debut left off with the great staging and layering in the frame. Instead of the lounging drinking bourgeois we have professors at a crowded hotel/conference center and

The Holy Girl – 2004 Martel2021-04-18T10:38:30+00:00

Phantom Thread – 2017 P.T. Anderson


Two viewings in theater in Jan 2018- it’s a tough beast to tame- or attempt to- even after two viewings. The three principals are all superb—DDL is probably the best performance in cinema in 2017

Phantom Thread – 2017 P.T. Anderson2020-07-03T10:31:11+00:00

Brawl in Cell Block 99 – 2017 Zahler


It’s the story of a moral man—who is both highly principled and highly violent (great form of him smashing up a car when he finds out his wife is cheating and he’s been fire don

Brawl in Cell Block 99 – 2017 Zahler2018-01-24T17:41:11+00:00

Gertrud – 1964 Dreyer


Evidence that I was dead wrong in my first viewing of the film (2010 I believe) is readily apparent in the first 10 minutes--- this is one of the most assured artistic examples of mise-en-scene

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Training Day – 2001 Fuqua


The first and last reason to archive the film (as I’m doing) is the performance of Denzel Washington It’s commanding work—filled with overpowering charisma one minute and absolute acidity the next It’s an over-the-top go-for-broke

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Inherent Vice – 2014 P.T. Anderson


There are two ways to view and evaluate this movie. In comparison with every other movie out there, in fact, more than have of the film in my archives, it’s a superior work. I’ve got

Inherent Vice – 2014 P.T. Anderson2020-07-03T10:31:11+00:00

Super Fly – 1972 Parks Jr.


The ideas and ambition outweigh some of the skill here (and surely production value/budget) but it’s a very solid Blaxploitation film and indie film The Curtis Mayfield score can’t be overstated. “Pusher man” and title

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Elle – 2016 Verhoeven


It certainly has Verhoeven’s black comedic features and enhances his reputation as a provocateur I think there’s a legit intelligent discussion here on violence in the media Huppert and the narrative is the show. The

Elle – 2016 Verhoeven2021-09-26T13:34:14+00:00

Ordet – 1955 Dreyer


Thematically there’s much in common with Dreyer’s masterpiece, the passion of joan of arc, but stylistically it’s hard to find an auteur with two more different best two films 114 shots all over or near

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The Master – 2012 P.T. Anderson


In my studies I’ve rarely found another film that so rewards multiple viewings. I’m still working it out but Anderson’s films have an almost unparalleled penchant (maybe Kubrick… Tarkovsky) for cinematic layering—or formal layering or

The Master – 2012 P.T. Anderson2020-07-03T10:31:11+00:00

The Pumpkin Eater – 1964 Clayton


A very solid entry in the British social realism movement/wave of the late 50’s and early 60’s (Clayton’s own room at the top) and others from long distance runner and the entertainer A well-deserved nomination

The Pumpkin Eater – 1964 Clayton2018-01-15T22:14:47+00:00

I, Tonya – 2017 Gillespie


Very entertaining storytelling style—clearly influenced by Scorsese (goodfellas, Casino) and late David O. Russell (American Hustle and Joy)- I’d put it somewhere between Russell’s last two when evaluating the quality- not as strong as American

I, Tonya – 2017 Gillespie2020-07-03T10:31:11+00:00
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