Sunday, June 14, 2015

Top Films (May 2015)
La Drôlesse (1979, Jacques Doillon)
Strong, poignant, strange, this film is probably the heir to Les Dimanches de Ville d'Avray/Sundays and Cybèle (1962). I disagree with the English film title "The Hussy". The main character, Madeleine, is more of a victim. She is naive in some ways because of her age, yet completely lucid.
Bessie (2015, Dee Rees) 
Great biopic of blues legend Bessie Smith.
Rue de l'Estrapade (1953, Jacques Becker)
Would have been trite with a lesser director, but Becker excels and creates a glorious ending.
Les Mauvaises rencontres (1955, Alexandre Astruc)
Definitely the best Astruc film I've seen so far.

The Wolfpack (2015, Crystal Moselle)
Definitely worth seeing. I plan on checking it out again.

Honorable mentions:
Eaux profondes/Deep Water (1981, Michel Deville)
Auto Focus (2002, Paul Schrader)
Antoine et Antoinette (1947, Jacques Becker)
La Marie du port (1950, Marcel Carné)
Le Pont des Arts (2004, Eugène Green)
Les doigts dans la tête/Touched in the Head (1974, Jacques Doillon)
Promène-toi donc tout nu! (1999, Emmanuel Mouret)

Friday, May 1, 2015

Top Films (April 2015)
L'homme que l'on aimait trop/In the Name of My Daughter (2014, André Téchiné)
Iris (2014, Albert Maysles)
Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2012, Matthew Akers, Jeff Dupre)
The Human Experiment (2013, Don Hardy Jr., Dana Nachman)   
Mon amie Victoria/My Friend Victoria (2014, Jean-Paul Civeyrac)
Bill Cunningham New York (2010, Richard Press)

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Top Films (March 2015)
Weapons of the Spirit (1987, Pierre Sauvage)
The Pervert's Guide to Cinema (2006, Sophie Fiennes)
White God/Fehér isten (2014, Kornél Mundruczó)
3 coeurs/3 Hearts (2014, Benoît Jacquot)
Girlfriends (1978, Claudia Weill)
Man from Reno (2014, Dave Boyle)

Elsa la rose (1966, Agnès Varda)
Les Demoiselles ont eu 25 ans/The Young Girls Turn 25 (1993, Agnès Varda)

Honorable Mention:
I Hired a Contract Killer (1990, Aki Kaurismäki)
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012, Alison Klayman)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Top Films (February 2015)
La muerte de un burócrata/Death of a Bureaucrat (1966, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea)
Les Maudits/The Damned (1947, René Clément)
Crime Wave (1985, John Paizs)
Les années 80 (1983, Chantal Akerman)

Short Film:
Indochine: College Boy (2013, Xavier Dolan) Video Link