Favorite films

  • Brief Encounter
  • Last Year at Marienbad
  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles
  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn

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  • Procession

    ★★★½

  • The Power of the Dog

    ★★½

  • House of Gucci

  • Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

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  • The Souvenir Part II

    The Souvenir Part II

    ★★★½

    In many ways a different movie from Part I, so in that sense it passes its own test of not being “obvious.”

    From Part I, I seem to only remember sequences that take place at night and here the first images that come to mind are of sunny gardens and of flowers. However, I shouldn’t pay this too much attention since the difference (or irrelevance) between night and day is even discussed at one point in the movie.

    What I…

  • Things to Come

    Things to Come

    I had never thought much about Mia Hansen-Løve’s movies before “Bergman Island.” I figured she made good movies that were just not for me, or that I just didn’t get. “Bergman Island” changed that and made me want to revisit her work.

    “Things to Come” was my first MHL movie. My main issue originally and (what I thought was) confirmed after watching “Eden” was that her films seemed too guarded, too studied. Both movies are coincidentally about subcultures, about closed-off…

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  • The Turin Horse

    The Turin Horse

    “The Turin Horse” is obsessive in its attempts to strip life of all the elements that make it tolerable. And yet, Bela Tarr’s exploration of regret and hopelessness is remarkably kept alive by “the” elements that seem to subjugate humans. Never have I seen on film wind, fire, water, and earth take on this monumental power (even the horse gets an acting credit, and rightly so since, besides the computer generated “Okja,” seldom have I seen an animal show this…

  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

    The Trial of the Chicago 7

    Someone once said their least favorite genre of movie was ‘starring Eddie Redmayne.’ I wish it would have been me.