Monthly Archives: August 2020

Sun Don’t Shine (Seimetz, 2012) and She Dies Tomorrow (Seimetz, 2020)

Amy Seimetz double-feature! Her 2012 debut about abusive relationships, Sun Don’t Shine, is a film that you feel. So much so, in fact, that I couldn’t kick the feeling that I’d seen it before, even though I’m quite certain I haven’t. … Continue reading

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First Cow (Reichardt, 2019) and Relic (James, 2020), and a few others

Two more great ones from 2020 thus far, particularly Kelly Reichardt’s magnificent First Cow, which immediately is my favorite film of hers alongside Wendy and Lucy. For a film that starts with the discovery of two skeletons, First Cow is such a warm movie. … Continue reading

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La Llorona (Bustamante, 2019) and The Hater (Komasa, 2020)

Jayro Bustamante’s La Llorona is certainly one of my favorite films of the year thus far. Taking on the Guatemalan dictatorship’s genocide of the indigenous Mayan Ixil people, Bustamante mixes genre with the historical in ways that I hope to do … Continue reading

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Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (Petri, 1970) and The Snowdrop Festivities (Menzel, 1984)

Elio Petri’s Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion is, like the superior Lulu The Tool, a masterful, dynamic film. It’s the first in Petri’s unofficial trilogy, which finished with 1973’s Property is No Longer a Theft. That one’s coming here soon. Gian Maria … Continue reading

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Prince of Darkness (Carpenter, 1987)

My first time seeing John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness was luckily on a scratchy 35 print at Kino Ponrepo. What a great film. It’s immediately up there with his other classic films spanning from 1976 to 1988. Of course Carpenter’s score … Continue reading

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