Les Enfants Terribles– 1950 Melville


Les Enfants Terribles is a fascinating collaboration two of the most talented figures in French cinema at the time of release: Jean-Pierre Melville and Jean Cocteau. Melville is known for hard-boiled gangsters, war, cold nihilism.

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Palm Springs – 2020 Barbakow


Andy Samberg has been making everybody laugh for ten to fifteen years- but 2020’s Palm Springs, a take on 1993’s masterful Groundhog Day, is the best thing he’s been a part of It isn’t just

Palm Springs – 2020 Barbakow2021-03-29T19:28:37+00:00

Kaagaz Ke Phool – 1959 Dutt


Guru Dutt’s final film as director. He would pass away in 1964 at the age of 39. This is his follow-up to the astonishing 1957 film Pyaasa. These two films make for a sublime pair—fluid

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Radio Days – 1987 Allen


Much is made of Woody Allen’s admiration for Ingmar Bergman—and rightly so—but Federico Fellini seems like just as strong an influence. If you think about it at this point in 1987 Allen has already made

Radio Days – 1987 Allen2021-03-27T14:22:24+00:00

I Care a Lot – 2020 Blakeson


What an opening-- Rosamund Pike’s voice-over with a great “predators and prey”, “lions and lambs” speech. This is her best vehicle since 2014’s Gone Girl- she clearly excels at playing these icy, psychotic characters Slow-motion

I Care a Lot – 2020 Blakeson2021-02-20T13:04:00+00:00

Pyaasa – 1957 Dutt


Guru Dutt has a dogmatic, stylistic and formal approach to Pyaasa. Dutt’s camera is rarely sedentary—like Renoir or Ophuls—the default setting here seems to be movement. Yet unlike Renoir, who most often moved side to

Pyaasa – 1957 Dutt2021-02-19T13:47:07+00:00

Mr. & Mrs. ’55 – 1955 Dutt


Dutt’s fifth film and it is undoubtedly the work of the creative mind behind 1954’s Aar-Paar It is another romantic comedy musical (in the Hindi tradition). This is a situation comedy that almost plays like

Mr. & Mrs. ’55 – 1955 Dutt2021-02-17T14:09:17+00:00

Donnie Brasco – 1997 Newell


Al Pacino is the main reason to watch and study Donnie Brasco. Pacino has been playing variations on the gangster (The Godfather trilogy, Scarface, Carlito’s Way) amassing a remarkable resume in this genre alone. Here

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Aar-Paar – 1954 Dutt


The fourth film (first in my study, first available) for director/actor Guru Dutt. Dutt directed a total of eight films – all in the 1950’s. Dutt died young- age 39 Here he plays Kalu- and

Aar-Paar – 1954 Dutt2021-02-16T19:07:17+00:00

Tenet – 2020 Nolan


Nolan’s Tenet starts in medias res like a Bond film with the vast crowd in the opera house (Nolan has declared his love for the 1977 Roger Moore Bond The Spy Who Loved Me)

Tenet – 2020 Nolan2021-03-20T12:44:33+00:00

The Zero Theorem – 2013 Gilliam


Proof that even minor-Gilliam is fascinating, and also that even in his most native genre (the retro future sci-fi dystopia, Orwellian nightmare) by 2013 Gilliam no longer has his fastball. James Verniere from the

The Zero Theorem – 2013 Gilliam2021-02-15T14:14:38+00:00

Saint Maud – 2019 Glass


Add Rose Glass to the very short list of gifted auteurs whose film I look forward to next. Saint Maud is Glass’s debut, and I’ve praised A24 many times here- and yes- they should get

Saint Maud – 2019 Glass2021-02-14T14:19:25+00:00
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