Tag Archives: France

Review: Heal the Living (2017): God, I loved this

Ignore the bad poster. This is a really special movie and it has stuck with me. It’s not what it’s about that matter, it’s HOW the story is told that is so special. Katell Quillévéré is an extremely talented director. … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to Sylvia Beach, the “Midwife of Modernism”

Sylvia Beach is one of my heroes due to her influential bookshop in Paris (Shakespeare & Co.), and her nurturing of the writers of that time. You know, minor writers like James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, and Gertrude Stein. When nobody … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Emmanuelle Riva

Emmanuelle Riva, “Hiroshima Mon Amour” Celebrated French actress Emmanuelle Riva has died at the age of 89. She made a huge splash in Alain Resnais’ 1959’s Hiroshima Mon Amour, an early French New Wave film, the New Wave that would … Continue reading

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December 2016 Viewing Diary

Supernatural, Season 7, Episode 22, “There Will Be Blood” (2012; d. Guy Norman Bee) I had started a re-watch of Season 7 in November, so I finished it out this month. Season 7 was one of my least favorites, when … Continue reading

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Review: Things to Come (2016) d. Mia Hansen-Løve

Mia Hansen-Løve is one of my favorite film-makers working today. Her latest, Things to Come, starring Isabelle Huppert, is so wonderful. My review of Things to Come is now up at Rogerebert.com.

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Review: Elle (2016); d. Paul Verhoeven

Oh, Elle. Where have you been all my life? I’ve seen it twice (so far). It’s a rape-revenge thriller and it’s also … a comedy? As in … really really funny. Many people will despise it for that reason. Or … Continue reading

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Rust and Bone: One of the Best Films of 2012.

Not a review. I repeat: Not a review. I’ve been writing this, a paragraph at a time, for over 2 months. It’s more like one of my SPN re-caps, where I go scene by scene exploring story and character analysis. … Continue reading

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2012’s Rust and Bone: Four Motifs (With Overlap)

I’ve been working on a lengthy post about this great film, Rust and Bone, directed by Jacques Audiard. Figured this – a glimpse at the interconnected visual motifs in the film – would be a good teaser. One motif belongs … Continue reading

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Review: Disorder (2016)

Apparently, it’s Matthias Schoenaerts Week on my blog. Alice Winocour directs. Disorder is a thriller but it’s more a psychological study of one PTSD-traumatized man, played by Matthias Schoenaerts. Highly recommended. My review of Disorder is now up at Rogerebert.com.

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Phantom Boy (2016)

Phantom Boy, the latest animated film from Oscar-nominated team Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol is really enjoyable. My review of Phantom Boy is now up at Rogerebert.com.

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