Favorite films

  • Vertigo
  • Trouble in Paradise
  • In the Mood for Love
  • The Young Girls of Rochefort

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  • Poetic Justice


  • In My Skin


  • Take Shelter


  • It Always Rains on Sunday


Recent reviews

  • Lady of Burlesque

    Lady of Burlesque


    So my queen can't sing. She can still dance...sorta. A former Ziegfeld Girl, Ms. Stanwyck does the splits in a saucy little number that's far and away the highlight of this otherwise sluggish murder mystery. Wellman directed with uncharacteristically low energy: the second half is taken up by several interminable police interrogation scenes which Wellman shoots with basic camera setups and static blocking. Best to see this as a dry run for the much stronger WESTWARD THE WOMEN.

  • 49th Parallel

    49th Parallel


    Goddamn Nazis.

Popular reviews

  • The Crimson Kimono

    The Crimson Kimono


    Pea Brain: You call this noir? It’s a dopey police procedural, lacking in tension and style, with a last-second revelation that makes absolutely no sense. For my money, this is the weakest entry in Criterion Channel’s Columbia Noir series.

    Normal Brain: Look, the whodunnit is a let down, but it’s a fascinating historical document on representation. How many movies of that era feature an Asian-American co-lead? How many explore the “just how American are you” question at the root of…

  • France



    First 30 mins (a zippy satire of French TV journalism, told via conventional editing and coverage shots): Hey, this is fun! Are we sure Bruno Dumont directed this?

    Next 70 mins (moves into a study of depression, with longer takes and more stylized camera angles (e.g., shooting France crying from the point of view of a steering wheel)): Wow, Léa Seydoux is absolutely crushing this, and Dumont's direction--his command of rhythm and the carefully chosen stylistic flourishes--is on point. Has he finally put it all together?

    Last 30 mins (starting with France's return to TV): Oh merde, c'est vraiment un film de Bruno Dumont.