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Best Movies Watched in 2022

“Nightmare Alley” (2021) Directed by Guillermo del Toro “Songs From the Second Floor” (2000) Directed by Roy Andersson “You, the Living” (2007) Directed by Roy Andersson “Everything Everywhere All At Once” (2022) Directed by Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert “Me … Continue reading

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Rebecca Solnit, on Cinema

“Movies are made of darkness as well as light; it is the surpassingly brief intervals of darkness between each luminous still image that make it possible to assemble the many images into one moving picture. Without that darkness, there would … Continue reading

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Best Films Watched in 2021

“Citizen Kane”* (Directed by Orson Welles) “Mank” (Directed by David Fincher) “An Elephant Sitting Still” (Directed by Hu Bo) “Kajillionaire” (Directed by Miranda July) “Nomadland” (Directed by Chloe Zhao) “The Selfish Giant” (Directed by Clio Barnard) “Shoplifters” (Directed by Hirokasu … Continue reading

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“Dune” (The Review)

Dune (2021) Director: Denis Villeneuve Writers: Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve, Eric Roth Cast: Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Javier Bardem, Stellan Skarsgard I’ve read the novel Dune exactly one time, when I was around fifteen years old. Frank Herbert’s book … Continue reading

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Best Films Watched in 2020

Ninety-four (94) movies watched in 2020 and it’s time to pick the ones that stood out most. A diverse roster, I think you’ll agree, and, if nothing else, I hope this post draws your attention to fine, ground-breaking cinema from … Continue reading

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Best Films Watched in 2019

Didn’t quite achieve my goal of watching a hundred films during the course of 2019, but at 92 I came pretty darn close. Not as many documentaries this past year, which is somewhat surprising as it’s a genre that has … Continue reading

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Film Quote (David Thomson)

“Art is not a recreation, a consolation, a pastime, a business…it is the stone on which your knife is sharpened.” “The human tragedy is not our diligent wars, our arbitrary floods and earthquakes, our ordinary outrages of cruelty…It is that … Continue reading

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“Whiteface” Directed by Everett Sokol; Director of Photography Sam Burns

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Film Quote (Tarkovsky)

“In cinema it is necessary not to explain, but to act upon the viewer’s feelings, and the emotion which is awoken is what provokes thought.” Andrei Tarkovsky     

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I hate comic book movies (d’you think it shows?)

This movie sucks (and so do you) Whatever happened to scholarship, whatever happened to standards? Why are there no good, reliable movie critics these days? Where have you gone, Pauline Kael and Andrew Sarris? We miss you Manny Farber and … Continue reading

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