Favorite films

  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  • American Beauty
  • Mauvais Sang
  • The Seventh Seal

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  • Cruising

    ★★½

  • Europe '51

    ★★★★

  • Love Serenade

    ★★★½

  • Road to Salina

    ★★★

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  • Cruising

    Cruising

    ★★½

    I didn't see William Friedkin's "Cruising" when first released in 1980. As a young 20-something gay man in NYC at that time, I was aware of the protests by the activist gay community so stayed far away. So I was curious when it showed up on the Criterion Channel. A relic of its time, it's not an especially good film but is certainly provocative and likely even more so back in the day.

    Many mixed feelings about its portrayal of…

  • Europe '51

    Europe '51

    ★★★★

    All the films that Rossellini did with his muse Ingrid Bergman were fascinating (I have now seen 3 of the 4). This one also has a kinship with his film about St. Francis in its focus on a spirituality based on selfless devotion to the poor and needy. It does this through the story of the transformation of a wealthy woman of privilege after the suicide of her only son.

    Bergman is wonderful here in her ability to show the…

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  • Love Serenade

    Love Serenade

    ★★★½

    COLLAB FILM CLUB

    This was a surprise. An odd 1990s comedy from Australia, it’s set in a godforsaken rural town in Victoria with cornfields and warehouses. A has-been radio deejay moves into town and the two lonely sisters who live next door set their sights on him and become rivals. The object of their affection is a sleazy aging hipster who still sees himself as the epitome of cool but is way past his shelf life. Nonetheless in the small…

  • Crazed Fruit

    Crazed Fruit

    ★★★½

    COLLAB FILM CLUB

    Hadn’t seen this in years so was pleased it was my first watch for a film club I joined. Some reviewers described this as channeling the French New Wave or as a Japanese “Rebel Without a Cause”. I don’t know about that but there are elements of both. A tale of bored and aimless youth with money to burn, we watch a group of young men lounge in a seaside setting, pick up women, get into an…