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Class Trip (Miller, 1998), Irma Vep (Assayas, 1996), Buffalo Bill And The Indians, Or Sitting Bull’s History Lesson (Altman, 1976)

Back after a hiatus with a lot of films to blog about. These are three of the best I’ve seen for the first time recently. Some SPOILERS BELOW. Claude Miller’s Class Trip was on a friend’s recommendation. It immediately ranks … Continue reading

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Dangerous Encounters of the First Kind (Tsui, 1980), All The Wrong Clues For The Right Solution (Tsui, 1981) and Time and Tide (Tsui, 2000)

Hark Tsui triple-feature! His third film, Dangerous Encounters of the First Kind, is an angry movie that feels young and right at home alongside other politically-fraught new waves. Three young pyromaniacs meet a nihilistic young woman, Pearl (Chen-Chi Lin), who … Continue reading

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A Girl Missing (Fukada, 2019) and Preparations To Be Together For An Unknown Period of Time (Horvát, 2020)

I so loved Kôji Fukada’s Harmonium, so I was happy to see Criterion pick his 2019 film (really, a 2021 release for me) up. A Girl Missing is fragmented in a way that I like. It’s mysterious and elegant, and … Continue reading

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Miss Lovely (Ahluwalia, 2012), and Joi Baba Felunath: The Elephant God (Ray, 1979)

Ashim Ahluwalia’s Miss Lovely is a fractured, beautifully raw drama. Sonu (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) and his older brother Vicky (Anil George) are low-level porn film producers. Sonu is the dreamer – he fancies himself more than the sleaze; Vicky is the … Continue reading

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Moonrise (Borzage, 1948) and Cast A Dark Shadow (Gilbert, 1955)

Frank Borzage’s Moonrise is a really beautifully executed melodramatic noir. It’s got that small-town evil that so many films are after and not many nail. Sure, it feels a bit hokey and aged in 2021, but that’s only for fleeting … Continue reading

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The China Syndrome (Bridges, 1979), Mike’s Murder (Bridges, 1984), and a few others

Being way behind on films is the new normal! Here’s a double-feature from James Bridges and a few other movies that I’ve seen recently and are worth a mention. The China Syndrome Pleasant surprise. I mean, I love Jack Lemmon, … Continue reading

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The Secret (Hui, 1979), Boat People (Hui, 1982), and A Simple Life (Hui, 2011)

Ann Hui triple-feature! I’ve been looking for Boat People for a long time, so when the Criterion Channel released it, the timing to explore her catalog felt right. The Secret is Hui’s directorial debut and a key part of the … Continue reading

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Good Manners (Dutra, Rojas, 2017) and Saint Maud, (Glass, 2019)

I’m films and films behind on these posts, but these two recent watches both stuck out to me. How did I miss Marco Dutra and Juliana Rojas’ Good Manners? It’s a great film, and such a good example of genre … Continue reading

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The Pink Panther (Edwards, 1963), Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday (Tati, 1953), and Pather Panchali (Ray, 1955)

These are the first films I showed to my daughter. She slept through them, but I think Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday was her favorite. I saw Blake Edwards’ The Pink Panther countless times when I was a kid, so it seemed … Continue reading

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Indiscreet (Donen, 1958) and Peppermint Soda (Kurys, 1977)

Indiscreet lives up to the Cary Grant-Ingrid Bergman-Stanley Donen-collaboration expectations. While I prefer it as the swooning romance that it is in the first half, it remains truly great even when it changes to something like a screwball romantic comedy. … Continue reading

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