• A Page of Madness

    A Page of Madness

    ★★

    Hard to assess what, if anything, this film is saying about society's reaction toward mental illness. Incredibly innovative visuals and editing though, so that's working in its favor.

  • Edvard Munch

    Edvard Munch

    ★★★★½

    A tremendous feat of filmmaking, full of dread and hurt. Very skillfully transports the viewer to stuffy, conservative 19th century Europe, not letting up this illusion for even a moment. It plays with time, using flashback, voice-over narration and juxtaposing images and sound to bring us into the anxious mind of Edvard Munch; we are forced to reckon with his memory as much as we ourselves are asked to remember him.

    The historical context, which is helpfully narrated by director…

  • Fallen Angels

    Fallen Angels

    ★★★★

    Wasn't totally on board until basically the last scene. Ended up affecting me way harder than Chungking Express. I think the key is to remain sympathetic to the characters despite the circumstances of their lives. They're just doing their best with what's given.

  • Stranger Than Paradise

    Stranger Than Paradise

    ★★★★

    I'm at a point in my life where I feel like I've done most things I want to do, my future possibilities exhausted. That isn't true of course, theorhetically I think I could do other things that would allow me to live a little. I simply don't do them, because I don't know where or how to start. So in this way I found myself projecting onto Willie. We could do things that would brighten our day, break our depressive…

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    It's a Wonderful Life

    ★★★★

    This is less of a Christmas movie than Die Hard.

  • Yi Yi

    Yi Yi

    ★★★★½

    I will use this review, in the immediate wake of finishing Yi Yi for the first time, to throw some nebulously-connected thoughts into a notebook.

    Film-as-literature. The art of the story. Linear but multi-dimensional arcs. Reflections of the outside in the window of someone's life. Light traffic. Sequencing, as on a very good album, but of events. Closure.

    I need to sleep but this is gonna be on my mind for a good few days.

  • House of Gucci

    House of Gucci

    ★★

    It's a comedy! I haven't laughed more times in a theater this year. Recommend for Jared Leto alone.

  • Still Walking

    Still Walking

    ★★★★

    Realist poetry in majesty, in some ways Ozu comparisons are inevitable but Kore-eda is a lot less saccharine, such that the bitter almost overwhelms the sweet though never enough to force an audience spit take. Hard to morally judge the characters in this film, which is not what we're asked to do anyway; I feel we're preferred to simply take in these peoples' reality and find parts of the whole that resonate with our own lives. For me, the emotional…

  • Double Agent 73

    Double Agent 73

    ★★

    Wish it didn't feel so undercooked. Long stretches of this film were simply eventless and Wishman didn't seem to have the vision to make something more of it. I know why a movie like this cannot be made today but also if they'd just committed more to the goofy premise it would probably be remembered as a schlock classic. Morgan is very good here though.

  • Duvidha

    Duvidha

    ★★★★

    Kind of wish the film focused more on how the bride felt about everything that went down but that was a total heart-crusher of an ending either way. Easily the most formally experimental thing I've seen out of India so far, and what I do love is that it's in service to a traditional story that is wholly embraced by the filmmaker despite that formal experimentation.

  • Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell

    Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell

    ★★

    A good man and brilliant musician who deserved a much better movie. Watch it for the interviews with his parents and partner, they give far more insight than any record exec or Philip Glass ever could.

  • Tokyo Story

    Tokyo Story

    ★★★★

    The skyline shots felt a bit gratuitous to me, but as long as the scenes were indoors this movie ripped. It's a romanticized portrayal of family but in the literary sense, of how it emphasizes the conflicts without saying them aloud, only hinting at the tensions. It isn't idealized, is what I mean. Very good camerawork too, the kind of story that could hypothetically be told on a stage but the use of shot/reverse shot adds so much.