Favorite films

  • Nenette and Boni
  • Mare's Tail
  • 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her
  • L'Atalante

Recent activity

  • Thank You, Life


  • Last Chants for a Slow Dance

  • Hinterland


  • The Strangler


Recent reviews

  • Thank You, Life

    Thank You, Life


    Always hoped there would be a masterpiece in Blier's grab bag of bad taste, narrative reshufflings and absurdity that turns from comic to tragic (and vice versa), and it looks like this here big budget 90s arthouse/pop oddity may be it. This will be a hard one to write about without spoilers, though admittedly if you want to watch a film in which lots of unexpected and unpredictable things happen, this is for you. Starts with a battered bride in…

  • Last Chants for a Slow Dance

    Last Chants for a Slow Dance

    Been intending to check out more Jost for a while as I rather liked his autobiographical essay film "Speaking Directly". A highly regarded and very much self-styled/opinionated "fierce American Independent", this is Jost's first narrative fiction film and I would guess it is an attempt to merge the post-underground styles of its era (think early James Benning or Bruce Baillie on heavy downers) with the more mainstream early 70s "bummer, dude" narrative style (a la "Five Easy Pieces"), also a…

Popular reviews

  • Simone Barbès or Virtue

    Simone Barbès or Virtue


    Its always great to read interviews with Yann Gonzalez (great new director best known for Knife + Heart, one of my 2019 faves) with a pen and paper at hand (OK, I am old school...). He always seems to mention fantastic cinematic obscurities that have inspired him. Of course, I can rarely get to actually see these mega-rarities (I think you have to live inside the Paris Cinematheque for that), but here's one I did find. And in glorious-looking HD…

  • Drugstore Romance

    Drugstore Romance

    A wild and deliberately uneven tale of L'Amour Fou at maximum fou, with the tone somewhat "off" from the very start. A classical music-loving garage mechanic (shades of Demy?) becomes obsessed with an older woman he glimpses at a music recital and immediately puts his other uncomplaining ladyfriends to work in tracking her down to a pharmacy that she runs. Our pharmacist is intrigued but unconvinced, until she is given a three-months-to-live diagnosis, and the tables not so much turn…