Tag Archives: Movies (2017)

Jean-Pierre Léaud dies exquisitely in ‘The Death of Louis XIV’

At fourteen, Jean-Pierre Léaud let his face be ravished in the most haunting last shot in cinema history. In François Truffaut’s The 400 Blows, the mischievous Antoine Doinel, played by Léaud, runs and runs from his parents and adolescent bullshit. … Continue reading

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Jonathan Demme – RIP

He loved quirks, often more than people, befitting a director who got his start as the delightful Roger Corman aficionado of Caged Heat and Crazy Mama. The cross-eyed lepidopterologist in The Silence of the Lambs, Mary Steenburgen’s squeal of delight … Continue reading

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‘Rumble Fish’ remains a stylized, histrionic curio

Lurid, finding a visual correlative for its absurd if not hysterical take on sibling love and rivalry — no, not The Godfather. Rumble Fish makes Rocco and His Brothers look as spare and uninhabited as a Bresson film. In the … Continue reading

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‘The Lost City of Z’ a sober, cool look at obsession

In the last scene of The Lost City of Z, the wife of explorer Percy Fawcett (Sienna Miller) at last transports herself out of London: reflected in a large mirror at the foot of a staircase she has descended is … Continue reading

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‘Toni Erdmann’ a rich comedy of embarrassment

Although I’ve had my doubts about Halloween since I was a kid, it took Toni Erdmann to confirm what I disliked about disguises. As Winfried, the music teacher with peculiar ideas about reconnecting with corporate headhunter daughter Ines (Amour Fou‘s … Continue reading

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‘Cameraperson’ offers new ways of seeing

2016’s Acacdemy Award nominations for Best Documentary Feature were the best in many years, possibly the best in a quarter century. Cameraperson didn’t make the final cut, but won enough praise to justify the Criterion treatment. Kirsten Johnson’s montage of … Continue reading

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WWI story ‘Frantz’ blooms beneath the queer gaze

As a camera object Pierre Niney is extraordinary, a china vase with an effete mildness. In Frantz, the star of Yves Saint Laurent plays a French veteran of the Great War who visits the family of the dead German soldier he’d … Continue reading

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‘Personal Shopper’ a ghost story about desires ungratified

The least convincing element in Olivier Assayas’ quasi-ghost story Personal Shopper is naming the Kristen Stewart character Maureen. When another character referred to her for the first time, I dug my nails into the sofa arms in horror. Fuck no … Continue reading

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‘Get Out’ a shrewd probe of white liberal self-regard

For most of its running time, Get Out is one of the slyest, most daring pictures about American race relations. In an excellent debut, writer-actor Jordan Peele shoves every liberal piety into its white audiences face; Get Out is the … Continue reading

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Miami Film Festival — Final day treats

Fourteen films later and I still only scratched proverbial surface. As Miami Film Festival winds down I want to remind readers that they can catch Cargo and Embargo this afternoon for their second and final screenings. I’m also pleased that … Continue reading

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Screenings #26

A rather generous haul, thanks to Miami Film Festival. The Film Classic Discovery of the Month: Costa-Gavras’ The Confession, released in a magnificent Criterion edition. Harmonium (Fukada, 2017) 8/10 Frantz (Ozon, 2017) 7/10 It’s Only the End of the World … Continue reading

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Miami Film Festival – Part Five

Are We Not Cats? Director: Xander Robin Where and when: 3/8 at O Cinema Miami Beach, 9 p.m. “A sort of giddy, slacker spin on Cat People,” the online summary avers, and I hope the writers had the Val Lewton … Continue reading

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