Tag Archives: Agnes Varda

“I am the old story. L’histoire ancienne. But an old story can still be a good story, no?” — Anna Karina

It’s the birthday of French New Wave star Anna Karina, muse to many, fascinating onscreen persona, director of her own films. Anna Karina died in 2019, and you felt the loss in an almost palpable way, particularly in the New … Continue reading

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“In my films I always wanted to make people see deeply. I don’t want to show things, but to give people the desire to see.” — Agnès Varda

It’s the birthday of Belgian filmmaker Agnès Varda, a pioneering force in the development of the French New Wave – she was French New Wave before it was even named “French New Wave.” When she died at the age of … Continue reading

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For International Women’s Day: Ladies I Love

These women inspire, entertain, challenge, comfort, provoke, or were “there” in my formative years as an inspiration. The list is huge. Below the jump.

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Dynamic Duo #30

Robert De Niro and Agnès Varda

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Year in Review: Shooting My Mouth Off in 2019

Thanks, everyone, who hangs out here, who likes what I do, whether you’re an Elvis fan, a Supernatural fan, a general cinephile, a book-lover, or just someone who’s been checking in periodically for 17 years – WHAT? – I appreciate … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Anna Karina

French New Wave star Anna Karina has died. How to describe her accomplishment? It was an accomplishment of Persona. Her “persona” onscreen is so alive that it’s never just one thing: you think you understand what a moment IS, but … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Agnès Varda

I woke up to the news that the great pioneering French New Wave filmmaker Agnès Varda, active up until the very end, has just died at the age of 90. In 2017, her documentary Faces Places was on my Top … Continue reading

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For Rogerebert.com’s “If We Picked the Oscar Winners”: On Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Loveless

The Rogerebert.com contributors are each writing a piece for the “If We Picked the Oscar Winners” series on the site. We all voted on each category. I wrote on Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Loveless as our chosen contender for Best Foreign Film. … Continue reading

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Films I Loved in 2017

… and if I’ve written about them, I’ll include links. My “Top 10′ is included over at Ebert but I’m honestly not into rankings. Silly to do with art. Here are some of the films I’ve loved. And I missed … Continue reading

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Best Films (Released and Undistributed) of 2017: Film Comment

I voted in Film Comment’s critics’ poll for best of the year: released and undistributed (I love that they have that second category, for smaller films that may not have gotten distribution yet. I haven’t seen the majority of them, … Continue reading

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