Eric Heiman

A designer of many things, a teacher of many students, and a snob of all things film.

Favorite films

  • Wings of Desire
  • 8½
  • Rushmore
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

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  • Navalny

    ★★★½

  • Midnight Run

    ★★

  • Arabesque

    ★★

  • Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

    ★★★½

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  • The Last Movie Stars

    The Last Movie Stars

    ★★★

    Director Ethan Hawke manages to resist rote nostalgia and instead burrows into a seminal Hollywood partnership with nuance and reverence that probably only an established actor could pull off. I need to watch No Down Payment and The Verdict again soon...

  • Navalny

    Navalny

    ★★★½

    For the first two-thirds, a compelling story told in a fairly rote manner. Then it wallops you.

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  • Shoplifters

    Shoplifters

    ★★★★★

    Maybe the best film of the year. (So far, anyway.)

    Director Hirokazu Koreeda’s real accomplishment here is his alchemic mix of the sentimental and the steely. Shoplifters never shies away from depicting the precariousness of living on the fringes of society. This is a Tokyo we rarely see in film and shoplifting is only one of many questionable survival tactics used by the characters here.

    But the film is also a wonderfully shaded portrait of a family that both affirms…

  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    ★★★★★

    How many New Yorkers who saw Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing when it was first released in 1989 suddenly felt alien in their own city? I’d guess a lot of them. (Hell, I was stunned and disoriented after seeing it in Pittsburgh.) The Last Black Man in San Francisco is not as fiery and confrontational as Lee’s masterpiece, but it’s no less effective in re-framing a city I have lived in for 25+ years.

    The obvious signposts of gentrification…