The Ghost and Mrs. Muir– 1947 Mankiewicz


Mankiewicz is my next auteur/director study after Antonioni- this is actually his fourth film behind the camera but sadly the first available for studyIt’s oddly random that I’m seeing this so closely tied to David

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir– 1947 Mankiewicz2020-07-03T10:29:49+00:00

The Passenger – 1975 Antonioni


I reserve the right to change my mind (I haven’t seen the Mystery of Oberwald- I can’t find it- and have only seen Identification of a Woman once) but The Passenger is last great work

The Passenger – 1975 Antonioni2021-04-07T23:24:33+00:00

Annihilation – 2018 Garland


1.0 Feb 2018 Shows that Garland’s directorial debut, Ex Machina, was no fluke The film is filled with many of the same preoccupations as Garland’s debut—heavy stuff—metaphysical and existential with a dark outlook in the

Annihilation – 2018 Garland2020-07-03T10:29:49+00:00

Zabriskie Point – 1970 Antonioni


It’s a flawed work but contains several elements that have much in common with films of masterpiece caliberFlop for Antonioni- perhaps his biggest and infamously included on list of 50 worst films from Harry Medved,

Zabriskie Point – 1970 Antonioni2020-07-03T10:29:49+00:00

Rembrandt – 1936 A. Korda


Another strong performance in the prime of Charles Laughton’s career. He’s coming off the Oscar win for The Private Life of Henry VIII in 1934 and another nom for Mutiny on the Bounty in 1935

Rembrandt – 1936 A. Korda2021-02-08T19:42:27+00:00

Eighth Grade – 2018 Burnham


It’s a strange comment coming off my most recent review/post with Antonioni’s Blow Up but I think this film is going to suffer for being so of-the-moment. It’s a short film and the amount of

Eighth Grade – 2018 Burnham2020-07-03T10:29:49+00:00

Blow-Up – 1966 Antonioni


Another brilliant work from Antonioni during this streak from L’Avventura to Blow-Up where he made five films in seven years that are either masterpieces or right on the fringe It’s a break for Antonioni in

Blow-Up – 1966 Antonioni2021-02-16T22:18:11+00:00

If Beale Street Could Talk – 2018 Barry Jenkins


Jenkins, just three films into his oeuvre, has a voice- you can compare him to Demme in the brilliant close-ups, WKW in the tone, photography still and mood, but I’d also like to throw Douglas

If Beale Street Could Talk – 2018 Barry Jenkins2020-07-03T10:29:49+00:00

Moonlight – 2016 Barry Jenkins


A loud proclamation of a new voice in cinema- Jenkins’ debut, 2008’s Medicine For Melancholy is a C+ ugly (not his fault—it cost like nothing to make) version of Linklater’s Before Sunrise- but Moonlight is

Moonlight – 2016 Barry Jenkins2021-06-04T18:09:34+00:00

Inside Out – 2015 Docter and Del Carmen


Wondrously candy-colored—a complex world and narrative with rich detail uncovering the complexity of the mind One of animation, sci-fi and Pixar’s go to composers- Michael Giacchino—a great one here- not on the level of Up

Inside Out – 2015 Docter and Del Carmen2020-07-03T10:29:49+00:00

Red Desert – 1964 Antonioni


Antonioni’s first color film and his best film overallAntonioni- like Fellini, Kurosawa, Ozu and the other early masters who started in b/w uses color like a weapon- expressive-- he actually painted part of the landscape

Red Desert – 1964 Antonioni2020-07-03T10:29:49+00:00

Closer – 2004 Mike Nichols


I love the Mike Nichols-ness of the telephoto lens crossing the street (utilized to great effect in Nichols’ The Graduate) opening and closing bookends--- also—this is clearly a 4-person chamber piece with roots in the

Closer – 2004 Mike Nichols2021-06-03T10:22:58+00:00
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