Alan Jeffrey

Always willing to help out those on the neverending hunt for that elusive film.

Favorite films

  • At the Top
  • Mirch Masala
  • In the Shadow of the Blue Rascal
  • France/Tour/Detour/Deux/Enfants

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  • Baron Olavo, the Horrible

    ★★★

  • EO

    ★★★½

  • At the Top

    ★★★★★

  • Mirch Masala

    ★★★★½

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  • In Praise of Love

    In Praise of Love

    ★★★★½

    Looks upon the death of "our first image" where King Lear imagined its birth. That might be the key feature to Godard‘s perhaps most elegiac piece. The resignation of looking versus imagining. May he rest in our imagination.

  • Within Our Gates

    Within Our Gates

    ★★★★

    As a non-whole and in its complicated array of parts, an unmet challenge all this great expanse of time later. Micheaux sees the unfounded arbitrariness of the accepted present, burgeoning false histories and smaller possibilities of a new art form, of one of many hegemonies. He wields an earthy intuition in what to do with it all. He finds the same novelty to be found today of the moving image via cinema. When to put forth developments of form. When to…

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  • Stray Dogs

    Stray Dogs

    ★★★★★

    “One day, it started raining...” 

  • The House in the Woods

    The House in the Woods

    ★★★★★

    “When there’s life...”

    On this day and for many to come, one of the greatest de-abstractions of war, giving face, dignity, and with a forwards stroke of grace and a backwards stroke of irony, life abundant to those it takes without need, running their sincere sacrifice over its fraudulent altar, to those not merely left behind but still alive, forwarding life as not merely the absence of death, and peace, the absence of war. This is the unobscured staying power of Pialat’s “de-abstraction”: six all too short hours sitting with the promise of people, per se animating life per se, not just foddering the battlefield.