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2022


A Mouthful Of Ideas

Comparing and contrasting two critics, Roger Ebert and Serge Daney.

All I Want For Christmas Is A Few 4K Titles

A wishlist of stuff I'd like to see reissued as 4K BDs.

Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

Chantal Akerman's singular masterwork observes three days in the life of a Belgian widow with a precision and unblinking patience that becomes all-encompassing.

American Psycho

Mary Harron's adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis's divisive novel amplifies its satirical power without making its protagonist into an antihero.

Ring Around The Story

A few thoughts on "Shang-Chi" and the benefits of efficient story construction.

A Hundred Films, A Hundred Years

In my humble opinion, here's a great way to spend a few hundred hours.

Arrival

An actual SF movie, not just a tarted-up shoot-'em-up, both because of the breadth of its ideas and how they are lovingly personalized.

Wrath Of Man

Closest in spirit to the bleak noirs of the 1970s, where the "good" guys are only slightly less terrible than the competition, and where everyone is staring down from the edge of the same abyss.

Titane

Julia Ducournau's Titane has at its heart a great tenderness, something you don't expect from a story about a sociopath who kills with a hairpin, then apparently has sex with a car and becomes pregnant with its child.

Free Your Mind, Guy

Or at least, free your Guy, and the rest will follow. (On "Free Guy" and some thoughts related.)

2021


Canonical Criteria

Friends of mine and I were talking about the idea of a canon or pantheon of great movies, and how to select them. We had a fun debate about the criteria, and eventually I drew up a list.

Latent Images

Cult movies? In my UHD 4K format? It's more common than I thought it would be.

Plan B

What lessons there are to learn from Bad Movies We Love.

A Thing To Marvel At

The issue I have with tentpole franchise entertainment is not that it's unentertaining, but that it provides the wrong lessons for creators.

Dune (1984) [2021 review]

The mere fact that David Lynch's Dune was made at all, and in the Hollywood of the early 1980s to boot, is something of a miracle. Would that it was a better adaptation of the source material, or just a better movie, period.

Pi

Darren Aronofsky's ingenious micro-budget debut, twenty-plus years later, holds up better than some of his bigger-budgeted efforts

I Love Maria

A kooky example of science fiction from Hong Kong, a cinematic world that has relatively little SF to begin with.

The Matrix

Twenty years later, the Wachowskis' digital fable still stands tall, outliving the slickness of the moment and attempts to misappropriate it

Tenet

At the end of the day, it's just a fancy excuse to shoot a bunch of scenes in reverse.

Sexy Beast

Ben Kingsley as a frothing mad gangster is only the first of many pleasures in this sleeper-gem of a crime drama that's only gotten better with age

Apocalypse Now: Final Cut

The film is worthy of the best kind of jealousy, the kind that makes you want to go out and do something just as visionary and overwhelming.

2020


Goodfellas

One of the greatest of American films generally, and certainly the most incisive and insightful one about the criminal life.

Pointblank

'At Close Range', 34 years later -- and on the telling of stories about those with doomed lives.

Blade Runner 2049

A blueprint for how to do the impossible -- namely, follow up a classic: give it to another artist of vision and stand back.

I Liked The Movie Better. No, Really.

Sometimes adapting something, as one form of remaking it, can do it a favor.


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