• Rewind and Play

    Rewind and Play

    ★★★★½

    This is quite possibly the most uncomfortable I've ever been watching a film/documentary, and I recommend you watch it if you can.

    Imagine this.
    You are shy. Extremely shy. In fact, you don't like to talk, especially to strangers. And yet here you are, in a foreign country, being interviewed by someone who speaks another language (although he also speaks yours). You are a jazz pianist. Quite famous in some places.

    So here you are, for 1 hour, on a…

  • Hotel Mumbai

    Hotel Mumbai

    ★★★½

    How bad is it to call this a decent thriller when it is based on a real-life terrorist event? It's that voyeurism thing. We want to know what happened. We want to see it. Talk about giving the f*ckers what they want. I feel sick.

  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    ★★

    March Around the World - USA (cause it's nominated for a friggin Oscar but I can think of a gazillion US films I would have preferred to watch).

    This is a hard sell for those of us who haven't seen the original, or for those of us who are not into musicals all that much.
    Stop there, you can say, as this *is* for fans of musicals and perhaps even for fans of the original.
    Yes, I should stop here.…

  • After the Storm

    After the Storm

    ★★

    March Around the World - Japan

    I know there are a lot of Kore-eda fans out there, and I'm glad he keeps making films to make you happy. But I would have been happiest stopping at After Life, which I love. The rest? All of them, they are just not my thing at all. I've seen 5 or 6, which is way more than I should have, but at least I can say I gave him a good shot. He's…

  • Live-In Maid

    Live-In Maid

    ★★★

    March Around the World - Argentina

    I was joking with my partner Jonathan about how pretty much every March Around the World we watch a South American film about Maids! One day I'm going to make a list.

    This one was interesting, but not the best I've seen. Dora's employer Beba is having a hard time getting work to pay Dora's wages, and after 28 years Dora finally leaves after threatening to do so almost daily from what we can…

  • Live-In Maid

    Live-In Maid

    ★★★

    March Around the World - Argentina

    I was joking with my partner Jonathan about how pretty much every March Around the World we watch a South American film about Maids! One day I'm going to make a list.

    This one was interesting, but not the best I've seen. Dora's employer Beba is having a hard time getting work to pay Dora's wages, and after 28 years Dora finally leaves after threatening to do so almost daily from what we can…

  • A Hero

    A Hero

    ★★★★

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

    I was going to post what is under the "---" as my review, and in fact I was going to go on for quite a few paragraphs, but I stopped myself because a few days after seeing A Hero, I watched the Bulgarian film Glory from 2016, and I lost my train of thought. I find both films quite similar. You might too if you saw then both within a few days.

    *** note that there are SPOILERS FOR GLORY…

  • Glory

    Glory

    ★★★★

    March Around the World 2022 - Bulgaria

  • A Son

    A Son

    ★★★

    Set just after the revolution that brought Democracy to Tunisia (and inspired Arab Spring), this story no doubt reflects that hopefulness that comes from having won a revolution, but also the persistence of age-old tired patriarchal traditions that just won't die.

    We watch as the parents go from a happy hopefull couple to one that suddenly mirrors the patriarchal society in which they live. I have to admit that I came to dislike and disrespect the huband fairly quickly. Fares…

  • Nightride

    Nightride

    ★★★★

    March Around the World 2022 - Ireland

    There is one and pretty much only one benefit to the pandemic: small cast films in a confined space. It's not like these films didn't existing before; there are plenty of Letterboxd lists about the genre (Single-Setting Films for example), and there was even a Letterboxd Showdown. It sure is a gift, though, for those of us who truly love the 'genre'.

    The latest addition harks back to Locke. A drug-dealer needs to…

  • Winter Brothers

    Winter Brothers

    ★★★½

    March Around the World 2022 - Denmark

    Winter Brothers is such an odd film. It is almost half atmospheric and experiemental, and half narrative, but that doesn't quite capture it. An awful lot of it is spent in the dark, in the mine, where all we see are the mining-hat lights dancing about like fireflies. We are almost at the edge of our seat waiting for one of those lights to hit something, a wall, another miner, anything just to…

  • Mass

    Mass

    ★★★★½

    I started crying at the introduction.
    I hardly ever cry.
    I knew it was going to be about forgiveness, giving it or not. Feeling it or not.
    I knew because of the setup. I knew because of the importance of the setup. The focus on the chairs and the table and the room itself. How everyone was walking on eggshells. How everything mattered, even the stained glass windows. I knew what was coming was going to be IMPORTANT in caps.…