Category Archives: Uncategorized

Other Movies

Because I also use this site as a film journal of sorts, I sometimes post something like the following, which is likely totally uninteresting to anyone else. That said, here are some of the films (still incomplete) that I haven’t … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Oil Lamps (Herz, 1971) and The Milk of Sorrow (Llosa, 2009)

Juraj Herz’s Oil Lamps is heartbreaking and beautifully made. I’m curious to get into more of Herz’s 1970s output. I really loved Morgiana, and now this one make it a good start to his output for that decade. Iva Janzurová plays Stepa. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Siege (Tofano, 1969) and In The Heat of the Sun (Jiang, 1994)

Gilberto Tofano’s Siege really surprised me. It’s Israeli New Wave! I’ve never seen that before. Tamar (Gila Almagor) lost her husband in the war (for the neophyte, what war is this? Six Day War? War of Attrition?). Her friends all want … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Best Films of 2018

2018 is the best year for new films since I’ve been blogging. Getting this down to 30 was a challenge, and that’s probably about 10 more than I usually include. If I have one bone to pick it’s that it … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Scarred Hearts (Jude, 2016) and Transit (Petzold, 2018)

Radu Jude’s Scarred Hearts (listed as 2016, though for me it’s a 2018 release) is one of the best of the year. I prefer it to his Aferim! which I also loved. Are other Romanian filmmakers making period pieces? I so attach … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Roma (Cuarón, 2018)

Alfonso Cuarón’s first film in five years is gorgeously photographed and nostalgic, with intricately beautiful set pieces. Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio) is a domestic worker for Sofía (Marina de Tavira), Antonio (Fernando Grediaga) and their children. Over the course of a … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Widows (McQueen, 2018) and Support The Girls (Bujalski, 2018)

What makes a frame funny? It’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot since seeing Steve McQueen’s new film Widows. More on that below. This post has SPOILERS. But first the basics: Against the backdrop of a Chicago election, Veronica (Viola Davis. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment