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Shooting, teaching, writing and watching the Phillies.

A Double Tour (Chabrol, 1959)

Also known as Leda, A Double Tour is Claude Chabrol’s third feature. Not quite to his truly great period (which for me starts in 1968), this one’s still got its moments. It’s somehow more of a swinging film than other Chabrol’s. Maybe … Continue reading

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Neruda (Larraín, 2016)

Easily one of my favorites of 2017, Neruda gets Pablo Larraín back on track after what I think is the only slight misstep in his filmography (Jackie). Neruda is playful and beautiful. Like The Club, Larraín favors hazy frames, often seemingly underneath a layer of … Continue reading

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Pioneers in Ingolstadt (Fassbinder, 1971)

2017 is turning into the year of Fassbinder for me. This pretty early, made-for-TV entry is not yet the Fassbinder of the mid-70s, but it’s got some trademarks. It’s one of the funnier films of the director that I can … Continue reading

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Eve Wants to Sleep and Quiet is the Night (Chmielewski, 1958 and 1978)

I only recently discovered Tadeusz Chmielewski. His 1958 Eve Wants to Sleep is a lightly comic film, sometimes critical of the Polish government, at times (and when at its best) reminiscent of a gentler Czech New Wave film mixed with Pierre … Continue reading

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Creepy (Kurosawa, 2016)

Some SPOILERS here. Creepy is probably my favorite Kiyoshi Kurosawa film since Cure. It truly lives up to its namesake. Like Kurosawa’s 1997 masterpiece, this film also features a traumatized detective (Takakura, played by Hideyoshi Nishijima), on the trail of an enigmatic … Continue reading

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Is Paris Burning? (Clément, 1966)

I’ve been meaning to watch this René Clément epic for some time. That’s certainly what it is. The saga of the Nazis defeat and departure from Paris – which I saw most recently in Volker Schlondorff’s Diplomacy – is here given the … Continue reading

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Fear of Fear (Fassbinder, 1975)

What’s the best film to feature Leonard Cohen on the soundtrack? I always thought McCabe and Mrs. Miller. Hard to argue with Fata Morgana. But maybe it’s Fear of Fear, which is also now one of my favorite Fassbinder films. The film reminds … Continue reading

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