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  • Personal Shopper

    Personal Shopper

    ★★★★★

    Maureen (Kristen Stewart) enters the big old house where her brother, Lewis, lived before his recent death. She makes her way through the empty rooms and opens the glassed double doors leading to the terrace at the back of the house. Looking out over the grounds, she nervously lights a cigarette and stands at the railing lost in thought. Later that evening, startled by a banging noise, she looks about and seeing that she left the doors ajar looks outside…

  • No Home Movie

    No Home Movie

    ★★★★★

    "If I have a reputation for being difficult, it’s because I love the everyday and want to present it. In general people go to the movies precisely to escape the everyday." — Chantal Akerman


    A solitary tree stands over an arid plain. A roaring wind whistles through it's branches. The branches whip about, many having been stripped of their leaves. The distant horizon is obscured by a dusty haze. This shot is held for nearly four minutes, long enough for…

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  • Vitalina Varela

    Vitalina Varela

    ★★★★★

    I've been living with Vitalina Varela for the past three days letting it's beauty and strength seep into my consciousness. Soft light enters the bedroom through the cracks of a boarded-up window and rakes across a stucco wall where stands a dresser with a large dark-framed mirror. Vitalina sits resting on a chair beside the bed and turning her head sees herself in the mirror. One by one, she removes her earrings and places them on the dresser. She then…

  • A Place in the Sun

    A Place in the Sun

    ★★★★½

    Here's a link to my review posted December 2014. Although I think I love it even more now. They really are the two most beautiful people in the history of the movies.
    letterboxd.com/dhporter/film/a-place-in-the-sun/

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  • Blue Is the Warmest Color

    Blue Is the Warmest Color

    ★★★★★

    The life of Adele. Every morning Adele comes out the door, adjusts her pants, and hurries down the street to catch the bus that takes her to school. In class they are reading from La Vie de Marianne, "Ideas take hold of me. I am a woman. I tell my story." The passage being discussed considers the possibility of 'love at first sight'. Adele is enchanted, she loves this book and is immersed in the life of Marianne. Wide eyed,…

  • La Jetée

    La Jetée

    ★★★★★

    1962 was the time of the cold war and the nuclear arms race between Russia and the United States with the Cuban Missile Crisis occurring during October of that year. World War III and the fear of nuclear holocaust was on everyone’s mind, but in La Jetée these things merely provide a backdrop for a story that is about something altogether different. In Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958), after Madeleine’s death, Scottie is obsessed with her memory and is driven by a…