The Damned – 1969 Visconti


The fall and decay of a powerful, aristocratic family meets with the rise of a sweeping political movement- The Damned is definitely the work of the same artist as 1963’s The Leopard However, instead of

The Damned – 1969 Visconti2021-04-20T13:32:50+00:00

Sorry We Missed You – 2019 Loach


Fifty years after Loach’s career defining Kes, he’s still at it, refusing to go silently into that good night. Sorry We Missed You makes for a good companion of 2016’s I, Daniel Blake as well.

Sorry We Missed You – 2019 Loach2021-04-18T13:42:21+00:00

Emma. – 2020 de Wilde


A pastel-infused triumph from debut filmmaker Autumn de Wilde Jane Austen and Anya Taylor-Joy do their part- but the entire mise-en-scene, from the décor to the costumes here is what sets it apart. There’s enough

Emma. – 2020 de Wilde2021-04-17T13:24:25+00:00

The Turin Horse – 2011 Tarr


The Hungarian master, Bela Tarr, proclaimed The Turin Horse to be his last film at age 56. That’s regrettable, but if it is true, he’ll finish with a gigantic masterpiece. The Turin Horse is Tarr’s

The Turin Horse – 2011 Tarr2021-04-16T18:57:28+00:00

Les Carabiniers – 1963 Godard


The nicest thing you can say about Les Carabiniers is that it is “minor-Godard”. Breathless, A Woman is a Woman, and Vivre Sa Vie feel revolutionary-- like Godard may be the greatest auteur working in

Les Carabiniers – 1963 Godard2021-04-15T13:29:27+00:00



best film:  A Clockwork Orange from Stanley Kubrick Kubrick's masterpiece starts with a bang- an opening reverse tracking shot of the milk bar. Cinematography and set design/mise-en-scene perfection The wideangle lens in


Vivre Sa Vie – 1962 Godard


Vivre Sa Vie is Godard’s third released film. Its tone is certainly darker, less playful, than either Breathless or A Woman is a Woman- and after the flirtation with the wider screen and use of

Vivre Sa Vie – 1962 Godard2021-03-06T17:19:33+00:00

Werckmeister Harmonies – 2000 Tarr


Werckmeister Harmonies is Hungarian auteur Bela Tarr’s seventh feature and first since his magnum opus 7+ hour masterpiece Satantango in 1994. The entire film is comprised of 39 shots over the course of 145 minutes

Werckmeister Harmonies – 2000 Tarr2021-06-03T16:51:13+00:00

Satantango – 1994 Tarr


Bela Tarr’s sixth film (and big artistic breakthrough) clocks in at 439 minutes (just under 7 ½ hours)- Santantango is a momentous beacon of 1990s cinema—an important film for camera movement and grayscale photography It

Satantango – 1994 Tarr2021-09-08T17:46:09+00:00



best film:  The Conformist from Bernardo Bertolucci. The Conformist is a visual showcase of set pieces, lighting, and overall mise-en-scene. It features unending sequences of jaw-dropping architectural design. It is a feat of costume design


V For Vendetta – 2005 McTeigue


V For Vendetta is written by the Wachowskis (using them here because I haven’t heard from director James McTeigue before or since this film). You can see their hand in the story arc (an escape

V For Vendetta – 2005 McTeigue2021-04-09T15:01:00+00:00

A Woman is a Woman – 1961 Godard


A Woman is a Woman (Une femme est une femme) was Godard’s third film shot and second released (Le Petit Soldat held up for years with censors). It is Godard’s first foray into color (pretty

A Woman is a Woman – 1961 Godard2021-03-01T18:15:50+00:00
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