Favorite films

  • The Golden Coach
  • 100 Horsemen
  • The Tiger of Eschnapur
  • The Cardinal

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  • French Cancan

  • The Marriage Circle


  • The Big Parade


  • Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore


Recent reviews

  • The Big Parade

    The Big Parade


    Compare the wooded forest in this Vidor classic with the studio-crafted forests of Lang's nearly contemporary DIE NIBELUNGEN: SIEGFRIED. The forest in DIE NIBELUNGEN is another one of Lang's constructions of architectural force, a hermetic universe of abstraction. Functionally, it is not very different from the newspaper office set in WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS; both films show us a world that is already dead. The forest of THE BIG PARADE represents above all a "crucial contact with reality" (as Truffaut…

  • Margie



    Blake Lucas on MARGIE

    "I just want to emphasize that MARGIE--definitely a charming and affecting portrait of adolescence in the 20s as remembered in the character's maturity--may seem more modest than it is if simply described, no matter how well it's described. This is in fact one of the best movies ever made on every level. Captivating and delightful in its surface narrative, it is also profound, piercingly so, about what the changes in passages of one's life can really…

Popular reviews

  • Sergeant Rutledge

    Sergeant Rutledge


    a cinema of protest: if Ford’s art represents a dialectical plea for tolerance and understanding, this is among its most scorchingly articulate entries. one reason this filmmaker’s work has meant so much to me is that it is always full of monsters; figures of bigotry and troubled patriarchs are always present at the founding of communities. in this way, Ford’s rigorous examinations of institutions and structures are always celebratory and scathing in equal measure. like Dreyer, he makes horror films…

  • Marnie



    after my recent rewatch of Rebecca, it occurred to me that the film is essentially a work of sensation fiction — about how it feels for a woman to move through spaces which are scarred by psychic trauma. in that film, psychological distress is contained at the narrative level; it pervades elusively in the background, haunting the interiority of the film in a deeply literary way. Marnie is not a literary film, it’s a film without an interior; everything it…