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

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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)

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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

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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

The Rental – 2020 D. Franco


The Rental is sort of half-way between The Cabin in the Woods and some of Polanski’s chamber dramas (Cul-de-sac, Death and the Maiden) Part drama, part horror and part thriller- the type of thriller where

The Rental – 2020 D. Franco2021-03-17T14:07:21+00:00

The Magician – 1926 Ingram


Rex Ingram is the Irish director best known for The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse (1921) with Rudolph Valentino. The Magician is shot and set (largely) in Paris—and certainly had an influence on James Whale’s

The Magician – 1926 Ingram2021-03-14T14:02:59+00:00

Dark Waters – 2019 Haynes


Sure, it’s always somewhat disappointing when a film with a director behind it capable of Safe, Far From Heaven and Carol, doesn’t live up to those works. Dark Waters, as strong as it is, is

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best film:  Persona. Persona is Bergman’s most avant-garde film. It is also his finest. It is cinematographer Sven Nykvist’s best work as well (that may be redundant- his best work was all with Bergman). The


Interiors – 1978 Allen


Woody Allen’s seventh feature (I don’t count What's Up, Tiger Lily?) and a major change in tone for him at this point in his career. It is his first film to have a very solemn

Interiors – 1978 Allen2021-02-12T19:28:21+00:00

Anna Karenina – 1948 Duvivier


There have been many adaptations of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina and a few, including Duvivier’s attempt here, are admirable, but none are transcendent. The most famous adaptation is probably Clarence Brown’s 1935 version with Garbo. Joe

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The Baker’s Wife – 1938 Pagnol


Playwright and director Marcel Pagnol returns with a modest, but charming tale set in rural France Much of the same cast from the Marseille trilogy is back including Raimu as Aimable Castanier (again Welles once

The Baker’s Wife – 1938 Pagnol2021-02-11T17:06:03+00:00

The White Tiger – 2021 Bahrani


With the kinetic energy, pop soundtrack blend, and rags to riches coming of age story set in India- it is tough not to at least mention Slumdog Millionaire when discussing Ramin Bahrani’s (Chop Shop) The

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