Michael Mann Facts
Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles 1975
Jeanne Dielman is the ultimate main character. Running her errands, cleaning her silverware, making her coffee in a very particular way, drinking whole milk, dealing with weird guys all day… practically a Genesis text. It’s no wonder us coastal elites connect so strongly with these two and half days in the life; her mundanity is also ours, but nothing we do is quite as exciting or essential as any of Akerman’s elliptical cuts.
The Wailing 2016
A strange mix of comedy and horror akin to Relapse era Eminem. Redundant, but sometimes so grisly that you can’t look away. Na Hong-jin’s “Crack a Bottle.”
The Fabelmans 2022
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Particularly memorable is the “family meeting” scene (an experience I know all too well). Spielberg cuts from Sam on 35mm to his parents and siblings on 16mm, until finally revealing Sam (again on 35mm) reflected in a mirror, filming the scene with his own camera. Only it’s imaginary; Sam isn’t actually filming his family’s dissolution in real time, but that’s maybe how he wants to remember it—pieces of film he can edit back together in his mind, playing over and…