Richard Chandler

Roll on, reels of celluloid, as the great earth rolls on!

Favorite films

  • Nashville
  • My Dinner with Andre
  • Chimes at Midnight
  • Wings of Desire

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  • For Maria

    ★★★

  • The Dark Corner

    ★★★★

  • About Nice

    ★★★★

  • The Stolen Heart

    ★★★½

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  • Pierrot le Fou

    Pierrot le Fou

    ★★★★★

    CRITERION CHALLENGE 2021: 3. Directed by Jean-Luc Godard

    Progress: 21/52

    "Come on—we've played Jules Verne long enough; let's get back to our detective novel, with fast cars and guns and nightclubs."

    Cerebral ass Ferdinand (Jean-Paul Belmondo) whimsically abandons his moneyed, overbearing Italian wife and daughter when the stand-in babysitter turns out to be erstwhile flame Marianne (Anna Karina), an elusive sensualist with murky ties to right-wing paramilitary types. This unshakable association leads the reunited couple to flee Paris for the…

  • Vivre Sa Vie

    Vivre Sa Vie

    ★★★★★

    "I'm telling you my life story—how awful."

    I apologize in advance not only for the lengthiness but also for the scattershot nature of this review. My best excuse is that Jean-Luc Godard's Vivre sa vie is as elliptical as anything by Pound or Eliot and thus makes for a slippery target. Nevertheless I'm given to ramble, and this is my favorite of the twenty Godard films I've seen so far. Many thanks are due for vital contextual assistance from Richard…

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  • JFK

    JFK

    ★★★★

    Like always I felt it was mandatory to revisit my favorite Oliver Stone film (not a particularly competitive category) after rereading Don DeLillo’s fantastic Oswald novel Libra. I remain convinced there is zero chance that that kid did all the shooting by himself.

  • La Dolce Vita

    La Dolce Vita

    ★★★★★

    “Our parties are famous for being first-class funerals.”

    A disloyal tabloid journalist desiderates a life as a man of letters but instead further degrades himself by becoming a press agent (shades of Sidney Falco) upon the realization that he is incapable of moral or intellectual progress.

    Imagine an utterly despairing foreign language film shot in black and white that runs for nearly three hours and elides classical three-act structure in favor of episodic revelation of character (non)development being released theatrically…

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  • Dog Day Afternoon

    Dog Day Afternoon

    ★★★★½

    "See I'm with a guy who don't know where Wyoming is. You think you got problems?"

    On the 22nd of August in 1972, John Wojtowicz, Salvatore Naturile and (briefly) Robert Westenberg strove to rob a Chase Manhattan bank branch in Gravesend, Brooklyn. Antsy from the onset, Westenberg fled the holdup in its initial stage after seeing a police car drive by. While Wojtowicz had some background working as a teller and Naturile (though barely an adult) was a repeat criminal…

  • Nashville

    Nashville

    ★★★★★

    "This isn't Dallas!"

    What ended up becoming my favorite film began life in its amoeba form as Greatest Showman-style pap intended as a vehicle for Welsh crooner Tom Jones. This is what United Artists had in mind when they approached Robert Altman to direct the project (then titled The Great Southern Amusement Company) in 1972. Altman had no interest in the script or in country music and had never visited Nashville, but he agreed to make a different film about…