Gloria Bell – 2018 Lelio


It’s an odd entry in the archives because it’s almost the same screenplay as Lelio’s 2013 film Gloria.  It makes me think of Haneke’s Funny Games—a foreign-language remake here in English by the same auteur.

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Gloria – 2013 Lelio


It’s a fringe recommendation but I think there’s enough there. I actually slept on it for a week and saw the 2018 remake (also by Lelio with Julianne Moore as Gloria) prior to deciding to

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Intentions of Murder – 1964 Imamura


Formal and stylistic bliss—the strongest effort from Imamura so far in my study Imamura isn’t undone by the running time which is pretty special—150 minutes—it’s almost unfathomable how he did this the year after The

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Columbus – 2017 Kogonada


The announcement of an incredible cinematic talent- easily one of the five best cinematic debuts this century from KogonadaShot on location in Columbus, Indiana and a major subject is architecture itself so it’ll be interesting

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Green Fish – 1997 Chang-dong Lee


The debut film for Chang-dong Lee (Burning)Green titles, green train, green seats on train— he’s wearing green camouflage—ribbon in her hair late--- seems influenced by Zhang Yimou’s Raise the Red Lantern or Kieslowski’s color trilogy

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In the Mood for Love – 2000 Kar-Wai Wong


The film’s form is as good or better than any film in cinema history—it may be my go-to example now when discussing film form—along with Dreyer’s Passion of Joan of Arc, Ozu and Toyko Story,

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The Best Films of the Decade: The 2000s


1.       In the Mood for Love - Kar-Wai Wong  2.       Children of Men – Cuaron 3.       There Will Be Blood - P. T. Anderson 4.       Werckmeister Harmonies - Tarr 5.       Mulholland Drive - Lynch 6.      

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Never Look Away – 2018 Henckel von Donnersmarck


A classical narrative—very engaging and a return to form for Henckel von Donnersmarck who came to fame for the similarly engaging (and stronger) 2006 film The Lives of Others and then fell flat with The

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The Insect Woman – 1963 Imamura


It’s not as strong as Pigs and Battleships from 1961 but Imamura is still so stylistically motivatedlike "Pigs" we have a comparison here to a lower tier animal/insect in the text/titleFreeze frame on the credits

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Pigs and Battleships – 1961 Imamura


The earliest Imamura film I could get my hands on for the study but already his fifth feature and it’s revelatory—a very strong film and cinematic voice Starts with a bang- a great backwards tracking

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Vagabond – 1985 Varda


It’s a companion piece to Cleo from 5 to 7, probably still Varda’s greatest work. Here though, unlike with Cleo, her subject is truly unexceptional- not a beautiful pop-star (she’s a hobo here). Unlike Cleo

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Le Bonheur – 1965 Varda


Varda’s third feature after La Pointe Courte, Cleo From 5 to 7- she goes a resounding 3 for 3 here- one of the most promising starts to any careerGorgeous 35mm color photography (her first in

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