MADAME CLAUDE Now Available For Pre-Order (My First Audio-Commentary) - I'm so pleased to announce that recently I had the great fortune of recording my first ever audio commentary for Just Jaeckin's extraordinary 1977 featur...
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Phoenix (2014, Christian Petzold)
There is another movie this year about a women with bandages covering her face trying to establish her identity. However, I found Phoenix to be the far stronger movie with a far more satisfying ending.
Hikinige/Hit & Run (1966, Mikio Naruse)
Like Akira Kurosawa's High and Low, Naruse directed a tight thriller that thoroughly entertains. Although a departure, it is one of his strongest films.
Une Nouvelle amie/The New Girlfriend (2014, François Ozon)
Like some of his more recent films like In the House and Young & Beautiful, The New Girlfriend has the same vibe. Entertaining, yet suspenseful. Also
Freeheld (2015, Peter Sollett)
I read a recent article on Indiewire that claimed this film was safe and dull. Writer Jessica Kiang also criticized such classics as Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Philadelphia, and Gentleman's Agreement, because, "These films are frequently cited as agents of attitudinal, if not actual change." These films seem to be a reflection of social change in America. Freeheld features great performances and shows
Sauvage innocence (2001, Philippe Garrel)
Garrel thrives when he's creating ultra-personal films.
99 Homes (2014, Ramin Bahrani)
She's Funny That Way (2014, Peter Bogdanovich)