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Dramas, Comedies and Mysteries of Lisbon

32 films

"In broad daylight, even the sounds shine." – Pessoa

"The river is the only witness of our lives, not the…

  • Cesar and Rosalie
  • A Simple Story
  • Mado
  • Vincent, Francois, Paul and the Others
  • Waiter!

Sautet's Polyphony

13 films

“In Sautet’s world, amid the café meals and quick drinks, and the hearty Sunday lunches in the country, the spectre…

  • Four Days in July
  • The Short & Curlies
  • Life Is Sweet
  • Secrets & Lies
  • Meantime

Mike Leigh (In Progress, 1971-1996)

23 films

The potential for cinema to contain the other arts is often used to denigrate films that lean towards one more…

  • Yuki's Sun
  • Panda! Go Panda!
  • Panda! Go Panda!: Rainy Day Circus
  • Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro
  • Chie the Brat

The Wind Rises, We Must Try to Live: A Ghibli Syllabus

23 films

Week 1

Yuki's Sun (Miyazaki, 1972): trailer for a TV pilot that never aired.

Panda! Go Panda! (directed by Takahata,…

  • Rendezvous in July
  • Antoine and Antoinette
  • Rue de l'Estrapade
  • Edward and Caroline
  • Touchez Pas au Grisbi

Jacques Becker's Dead Time

12 films

Jacques Becker made 9 or 11 masterpieces and one dud, many of which have, as he put it, “no beginning,…

  • The Shop Around the Corner
  • Remember the Night
  • Christmas in July
  • The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek
  • Meet Me in St. Louis

Christmas? 🤔

43 films

  • ¡Cuba Sí!
  • Memories of Underdevelopment
  • I Am Cuba
  • Our Man in Havana
  • Miami Vice

🍹 “I Never Do Business in Cuba” 🇨🇺

28 films

And Jesus is not my husband. Notes for a trip to Havana.

They move into the crowd under two-story…

  • au pan coupé
  • Earth Light
  • Tam Tam
  • The Theatre of the Matters
  • La Machine


31 films

Films produced by or associated with Diagonale, Paul Vecchiali's production house, which Serge Bozon called the last major school after…

  • Knock Knock
  • Keep Your Right Up
  • They All Laughed
  • Blackhat
  • Domino

Rotten Tomatoes Sucks

46 films

A bunch of great movies that scored 33% or less on that piece of shit website.

Death to critical consensus.…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Blackhat
  • Pasolini
  • A Master Builder
  • She's Funny That Way
  • The Red Shoes
  • All That Heaven Allows
  • Written on the Wind
  • Sergeant Rutledge
  • The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

Location, Schmation

18 films

Some great films that rely on the magic of the set.

  • Perfect Sense
  • You Instead
  • Spread
  • Hell or High Water
  • Starred Up

It's All Quite Free: The Work of David Mackenzie

7 films

"I sort of feel like my job is to be a conduit to opportunities, to maximize the creativity of the…