Tag Archives: Film classics

Supporting Actress Smackdown — 1994

A reader since 2006, I considered the Supporting Actress Smackdown begun by film blogger Stinkylulu an unalloyed pleasure. To banter alongside Nick Davis (Film Comment, Nick’s Flick Picks), Tony Award winner Itamar Moses (The Band’s Visit), and Eric Anderson (AwardsWatch) … Continue reading

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Screenings #36

A mixture of revivals and exciting foreign language films screening here for the first time dominated my May watching. Thanks to FilmStruck, the beautifully titled The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice revealed itself as second-tier Ozu but, as those … Continue reading

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‘Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day’ another example of Fassbinder’s splendor

Critics mention the plenitude of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s catalog in every appraisal because it staggers us to think he could have written, directed, and occasionally starred in more than thirty films of astonishing control, verve, and replete with ideas. His … Continue reading

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Olivier Assayas’ ‘Cold Water’ makes U.S. debut

“1972. Near Paris,” the title card announces, but for the remaining ninety-two minutes Cold Water doesn’t feel like it. It isn’t just that the characters in Olivier Assayas’ 1994 debut dress or style their hairs in the style of teens … Continue reading

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‘Belle de Jour’ still startles, amuses fifty years later

Sometime during the making of Belle de Jour – whether during the scripting with Jean-Claude Carrière or filming in Paris in 1967 – Luis Buñuel must have realized he was directing a movie about an erotic subject, not an object. … Continue reading

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Margot Kidder – RIP

Besides her adult, chain smoking, fully sexualized Lois Lane in the 1978 Superman and even better sequel Superman II – quite different from the male comic writer’s idea of a career woman – the late Margot Kidder gave a couple … Continue reading

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Thirty-five good romantic comedies

Numbered but not ranked, here’s what I could think of in twenty minutes. I debated including The In-Laws; it depends whether you think it’s about the romance between Alan Arkin and Peter Falk. I need an all-gay screwball comedy. 1. … Continue reading

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Screenings #35

Boy oh boy did I watch a lot of what an old pal called fillums this month! Most date from my spell watching films for the Miami Film Festival 2018. I’m going to start writing blurbs for films that strike … Continue reading

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‘The Maltese Falcon’ still airborne

“You’re not going to go around poking at the fire and straightening the room again, are you?” Sam Spade asks Brigid O’Shaughnessy after fifteen seconds of quiet admiration. Caught in another lie, Brigid can’t shake what Spade calls the Schoolgirl … Continue reading

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New York gets its Ingmar Bergman retrospective. Make your own.

Despite its status as a cosmopolitan center, standing astride a doomed peninsula and the broth-warm waters of the Florida straits, Miami is Cape Coral next to New York City. Goddamn Film Forum and its centennial retrospective on Ingmar Bergman. In … Continue reading

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With ‘The Crime of Monsieur Lange,’ Jean Renoir found his voice

In Jean Renoir: A Biography, one of the essential recent film texts, Pascal Mérigeau writes about the young French director’s collaboration with poet Jacques Prévert: More than anything, he had to have found the means and the strength to give … Continue reading

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The sixty best directors

A couple weeks ago, ILX ran a list of our picks for fifty best directors in film history. Below is my alphabetized list, expanded to sixty; how the hell would you argue that Béla Tarr is “better” than Preston Sturges? … Continue reading

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