Tag Archives: Romania

2020 Movie Recommendations

I’m probably missing some. And there are still a couple of foreign films I haven’t seen. The Assistant (2020; d. Kitty Green)- It’s so so good, and so “of our moment” it’s almost eerie. But it’s the WAY that Kitty … Continue reading

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Year in Review: Shooting My Mouth Off in 2020, Part 2

Here’s part 1, a list of things I’ve written for other outlets. This list, then, is a hodge-podge of the things I’ve written here this year. Anyone familiar with this joint knows that I do tribute posts for people’s birthdays. … Continue reading

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November 2020 Viewing Diary

Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993; d. Steven Zaillian) Popped this fave in because I was still revved up by Queen’s Gambit … I love this movie so much. Makes me cry every time. Supernatural, Season 15, episode 17 “Unity” (2020; … Continue reading

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Review: Collective (2020)

I reviewed Collective, a documentary about the political upheaval (understatement) in Romania following a 2015 nightclub fire that killed 27 people and injured 100s others. The upheaval toppled the government. Collective gives you a front-row seat to what happened next. … Continue reading

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Review: Touch Me Not (2018)

For a movie so filled with sex, I was left kinda cold by this. I reviewed Touch Me Not for Rogerebert.com.

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2018 Books Read

2018 Books Read 1. Tamburlaine, Part 1, by Christopher Marlowe I finished 2017 with Paradise Lost, in the mood to continue with rigorous challenging poetry. I decided to read the complete plays of Christopher Marlowe (re-read in most cases). The … 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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April 2017 Viewing Diary

I just dash these off. Superficial bullet-point analysis for the most part. It’s a good way to keep track of what I’ve seen, for year-end lists, of course, but also for future reference. I also always love the discussions on … Continue reading

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Interview with Corneliu Porumboiu: “In Romania the last 10 years there have been a lot of movies that have come out of here. I think it’s a great generation of directors.”

Corneliu Porumboiu is one of my favorite directors coming out of what is known as The Romanian New Wave. Anyone who has been watching knows that something is going ON in Romania right now, cinematically. Porumboiu’s first feature was the … Continue reading

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April 2015 Viewing Diary

About Elly (2009; d. Asghar Farhadi). At long last. Wrote it up here. Misery Loves Comedy (2015; d. Kevin Pollak). Navel-gazing documentary about comedians and how they think about what they do. A cast of thousands. Lots of great anecdotes. … Continue reading

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