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  • After the Fox

    After the Fox

    I really enjoyed the film. Neil Simon's script is very tight with great dialogue and gags. Sellers is always fantastic.

    And I love this bit of dialogue winking at the fact that De Sica is directing the film:

    An agent played by Martin Balsam is talking to his client played by Victor Mature.

    "Ever heard of an Italian director called Federico Fabrizi?"

    "No."

    "He wants to talk to you about a picture. A neo-realistic film."

    "What's neo-realism?"

    "No money."

    Watched on Kino Lorber Blu-ray.

  • A Quiet Place in the Country

    A Quiet Place in the Country

    Wow. I wasn't expecting a film that takes place mostly in dream-life. I assumed it was way more straight-forward especially coming from the director of Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion. (Now I want to revisit that film).

    What an opening title sequence. Who knows if the Seven title sequence would exist without this one.

    Anyhow, happy that Scream Factory put this out on Blu-ray. Disc includes interview with Franco Nero in which he speaks about Elio Petri's directing techniques.

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Missed it in theaters because of crazy schedule at the time. Watched on Netflix. I was sad to see Andy Serkis go so early in the film because I found him to be one of the most interesting characters in the film.

    note: I'm not a big comic guy so unless there is a ton of humor (like Ragnarok or Deadpool), I'm not getting much from these. Don't hate.

  • Never Goin' Back

    Never Goin' Back

    Camila Morrone is someone to watch. Very strong screen presence.

    Watched on link.

  • Spring Night, Summer Night

    Spring Night, Summer Night

    Very happy that byNWR is restoring rare, forgotten and unknown films such as this regional indie. Really too bad this film didn't get the attention it deserved back in the day because I bet Joseph Anderson, crew and cast would have had healthy careers in film.

    Scan of the 35mm negative looks great and rural PA circa 1964 is gorgeous.

  • La Notte

    La Notte

    Rewatching the trilogy because I was able to see this one at the American Cinematheque (Egyptian Theatre) on a DCP of the nicely restored version. Of course, it was wonderful seeing on the big screen.

    I still think L'Avventura is my fave but revisiting L’Eclisse next week.

  • The Predator

    The Predator

    Screened at Arclight Sherman Oaks.

  • The Wild Eye

    The Wild Eye

    Watched the Scorpion Releasing Blu-ray.

    So basically Paolo Cavara was the co-director of Mondo Cane and Women of the World. The former colleague of mondo filmmakers Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi must have 1) felt he needed to make amends for his mondo work 2) had resentment towards Jacopetti - because this film is basically a critical portrait of the way these films were made and Jacopetti himself. In the one extra on the Blu-ray, an interview with actor Lars…

  • White Sun

    White Sun

    Another great KimStim title. Nepali entry for the Best Foreign Language Film for the 90th Academy Awards. Solid film that has a strong narrative arc and personally prompted me to read up on current Nepali history - to understand the political-social clash that exists in Nepalese village societies. Very interesting and sad.

    I bet director Deepak Rauniyar's star will rise rapidly over the next few years.

    You can watch for free on Amazon Prime.

  • Mandy

    Mandy

    Saw it last night at a sold-out show at the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre. Had a blast. Wholly original, hypnotic, brutal, beautiful, trippy, etc, etc, etc... everything you now expect from Panos Cosmatos.

    Performances are fantastic. Andrea Riseborough is quickly becoming one of my faves.

    See this on the big screen.

  • Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc

    Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc

    I love Dumont. I think he's one of the most important filmmakers working today. I've seen almost everything he's done except for Hadewijch and Slack Bay which I'll be tackling very soon. This film is probably my least favorite of his simply because it grows monotonous (and lacks the scope of his others) but it's still a must-see. Very funny and inventive.

    KImStim is releasing in the States. The film will have iTunes/ Blu-ray release this October



    - watched a link

  • The Transgressor

    The Transgressor

    Threw this in the DVD player expecting it to be barely watchable and it ended up being one of the best film watching experiences I've had this year. It's a wild film. Nunsploitation at its most gloriously blasphemous.

    And this thing is gorgeous!!! And I have no idea who the cinematographer is because there isn't one listed on IMDB. Any one know who shot this? Obviously Kowa anamorphic lenses with masterful framing, lighting and camera moves.

    I love this film.…