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I approve of this bathroom decor

From Jean-Luc Godard’s 1957 short film All the Boys are Called Patrick.

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October 2021 Viewing Diary

I really didn’t watch all that much, numerically, during October, for various reasons. 1. I was on the move. I think I spent, all told, about 7 days at home over the course of the month. Including one unexpected stay … Continue reading

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Indie Memphis 2021 Winners

This past week the winners of the 2021 Indie Memphis Film Festival were announced. Yoshi James, Annie Berman, and I made up the jury for the Hometowners category (films produced in Memphis). We deliberated via Zoom on Monday. We had … Continue reading

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June 2021 Viewing Diary

La Notte (1961; d. Michelangelo Antonioni) Pauline Kael included La Notte in her infamous essay titled “The Come-Dressed-As-the-Sick-Soul-of-Europe Parties”. Now you can debate her on this opinion – and I think she’s off (although I think it’s a hilarious title). … Continue reading

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May 2021 Viewing Diary

The Waterman (2021; d. David Oyelowo) I really loved this. Reviewed for Ebert. Des (2020; d. Lewis Arnold) Here’s what I jotted down on Instagram: David Tennant is eerily good in DES. He never does anything wrong, never makes an … Continue reading

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April 2021 Viewing Diary

Jewel Robbery (1932; d. William Dieterle) This glittering pre-Code, starring William Powell as a jewel thief, and Kay Francis as a married woman in love with her jewels, is such a subversive delight. Powell is devastatingly charming and Francis is … Continue reading

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January/February/March 2021 Viewing Diary

Better late than never. I moved at the end of January – a big interstate move – so I’ve been a bit, how you say, busy. Not too busy to keep up my viewing schedule but too busy to put … Continue reading

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NYFCC Awards 2020

Today the members of the NYFCC (New York Film Critics Circle) voted on this year’s best. We did it over Zoom. We normally meet in person. They are anonymous ballots, and it’s an involved system – you need a certain … Continue reading

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“I’ve been thinking about this guy on the ocean floor for like 4 years, maybe even longer.” – Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart’s 17-minute short film, Come Swim, is a collage piece, filled with strange and powerful images that reverberate and echo, all accompanied by repetitive whispers, giggles, gurgles, the sound of water. Lapping waves, a pouring downpour, gurgles, roaring, rushing. … Continue reading

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Nostalgia For a Sick Sick Book Marketed to Tweens

Two screengrabs from Sofia Coppola’s first film, a short called Lick the Star. This is exactly what my 6th grade experience looked like. At any given moment this was going on all over the classroom.

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