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  • Kalpana



    An incredible 3-hour Indian dance film has been restored.  The new print is banned from being shown in India, probably due to it being, in part, a moving feminist Communist propaganda film critical of the Indian government. There's also a copyright dispute and criticism of its restoration taking place outside of India, in Bologna. There are eighty different Indian dance forms included and while it's banned it's also being claimed a national treasure there, the irony. It's directed by, and…

  • World Without End (No Reported Incidents)

    World Without End (No Reported Incidents)


    Jem Cohen focuses on poetic collaged sights and sounds, seaside Britain, working class conversations, and lingers with his lens for part of a minute on an Antifa flag sticker. He interviews a hat merchant about the history and meaning of different types of British caps in his small shop and what it meant to various types of workers or gentry to wear each one. A series of moments.

  • Donkeyote



    Manolo, 78-year-old errant knight (and Pereira’s uncle) sets out with his best friend, a donkey, Gorrión to take a long walk across Spain as a precursor to retracing the Trail of Tears. The man-donkey friendship is shown via shallow close-ups of the donkey’s grizzled chin as he nudges our man onward. Competing for Most Stubborn Rover they both suffer the consequences of a chase. The drunken reciting of ancient poetry in a Spanish shepherd’s dialect and the singing of a workers’ song offset Western frontiersman tropes. Our picaresque crew at times becomes so displaced that we, by comparison, feel sorted.

  • 13th



    Everyone in the US needs to see this straightforward documentary about the 13th amendment and mass incarceration.

  • 20th Century Women

    20th Century Women


    Great screenplay, well acted, shows a non-nuclear family in a hodge-podge communal living situation in a less-than-ideal space, finally.

  • Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance

    Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance


    Seen at the Pacific Film Archive with the film-maker in person, so relevant right now with regards to the water protectors blocking DAPL. Great use of First Nations humor in the face of white supremacy and state violence.

    Watch it for free on the National Film Board of Canada website.

  • Lost in Paris

    Lost in Paris


    Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel wrote, directed, and star in what is more like a choreographed piece of performance art than a film. Two physical comedians who studied at the school of Jacques Lecoq in the 10th district of Paris, dance through a whimsical, madcap, Jacques Tati inspired adventure. For fans of Chaplin, Denis Lavant, Pina Bausch, or filmgoers with youthful hearts who don't mind seeing familiar jokes done in an unselfconscious way with carefully crafted sets like in a…

  • A Bigger Splash

    A Bigger Splash


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

    I really wanted to love this film: Tilda Swinton, a good director, a beautiful setting, technically skilled execution, dramatic storytelling, but I couldn't get over the sick feeling created by observing a bunch of spoiled, privileged white people ruining each other's lives. Maybe that was the point. It was clear from the start that this was a tragedy and not much of a mystery that wealth and the most powerful criminals wouldn't need much of a voice, a stage, or…

  • The American Friend

    The American Friend


    Still thinking about why this film was so perfect, balancing serious terrible moments with madcap and slapstick hijinx, beautifully shot, acted, and with astounding foley art. I'm comparing this to the other Highsmith Mr. Ripley adaptations I've seen and contemplating reading the original(s) as books. I hope to find time to write more about it. See it in a real theatre if you can! 

    As far as women's roles go it's still a typical 1970s film, not good.

  • My Winnipeg

    My Winnipeg


    Screened with Guy Maddin in person at the Pacific Film Archive.

  • The Pearl Button

    The Pearl Button


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

    Poetry, truth, and suffering held together by a single thread, a button. A button keeps a shirt or jacket in place around a body, a body embraced and a body erased, a human body and a body of water, a single button traded for an entire way of life, a single button as the only remaining evidence of a crime, a pearl transformed, and a story brought up from the depths.

  • Youth



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

    The soundtrack to the film "Youth" is very good. Spoiler alert: never before has cowbell been orchestrated and conducted on a mountaintop in Switzerland by an apathetic octogenarian on celluloid with such elegant aplomb. Also astounding: the acting, directing, casting, writing, photography. The spa environment is an interesting setting in a European context since health spas in Europe aren't just for wealthy people. Artists, actors, mountain climbers, bohemians. For fans of The Great Beauty, and candy-wrapper music.