Monthly Archives: October 2020

Bless Their Little Hearts (Woodberry, 1983), Entre Nous (Kurys, 1983), and Men & Chicken (Jensen, 2015)

Billy Woodberry’s remarkable Bless Their Little Hearts is a notable LA Rebellion entry. It’s Woodberry’s only fiction film, and that’s a shame. Written and shot by Charles Burnett, you can feel Killer of Sheep suffusing this movie, but it remains … Continue reading

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The Long Day Closes (Davies, 1992), French Cancan (Renoir, 1955), and Soleil O (Hondo, 1967)

The Long Day Closes is a “quit trying to make films” film. It’s just so good. Terence Davies’ follow-up to Distant Voices, Still Lives is patient, nostalgic, and evocative. It’s full of beautiful acting and moments (Marjorie Yates crying at … Continue reading

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Taipei Story (Yang, 1985) and The Aviator’s Wife (Rohmer, 1981)

Like Yi Yi and A Brighter Summer Day, Edward Yang’s Taipei Story is a masterpiece. What does that say about this guy? Hou Hsiao-Hsien (!) plays Lung. He’s just returned to Taipei from the US, via a surreptitious side-trip to … Continue reading

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Palmetto (Schlöndorff, 1998)

What kind of madness is Palmetto? Directed by Volker Schlöndorff? Starring Woody Harrelson, Gina Gershon, Elisabeth Shue, Chloë Sevigny, and Michael Rappaport? A script that seems to totally eschew character desperation and logic (I’d love to hear how E. Max … Continue reading

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Lux Æterna (Noé, 2019), Deerskin (Dupieux, 2019), and Réalité (Dupieux, 2014)

Gaspar Noé’s Lux Æterna is my favorite film of his since Irreversible. That’s partially due to how unexpected it was. Unlike say, Climax, I went in knowing absolutely nothing except for its abnormal 51 minute runtime. The film starts off … Continue reading

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Dogs Don’t Wear Pants (Valkeapää, 2019), Pelican Blood (Gebbe, 2019), and Boys From County Hell (Baugh, 2020)

J-P Valkeapää’s Dogs Don’t Wear Pants is really surprising. Not only for its subject matter, but for how quickly the writer/director is able to get into a complex story. SPOILERS below. The beginning has an air of Don’t Look Now. … Continue reading

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The Lighthouse (Saakyan, 2006), Tricheurs (Schroeder, 1984), and Deadly Sweet (Brass, 1967)

Mariya Saakyan’s The Lighthouse (Mayak) is stunning. It’s one of those, “you can isolate any moment” films, because that part, no matter where in the movie, will be beautiful. At times I thought of Kieslowsli and Parajanov while watching it. … Continue reading

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I Vitelloni (Fellini, 1953)

Fellini’s masterful I Vitelloni is still firmly neo-realist, but it also has some of those traits of what’s to come from the director: a sense of fragile machismo and of wonder at the outside world. Rubini (Franco Interlenghi) is the … Continue reading

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Manila in the Claws of Light (Brocka, 1975)

Trying to catch up on some films I caught a month or so ago. This was my first viewing of Lino Brocka’s Manila in the Claws of Light. It’s phenomenal. Bembol Roco is Julio, a young man who ventures to … Continue reading

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