• Pictures of the Old World

    Pictures of the Old World

    ★★★★★

    An extraordinary glimpse into a community that time has passed by, where men and women crooked with age confront the shadow of death at every turn and still manage to wring life from the twilight hours by farming, playing music, drinking heavily, and in some cases building elaborate water-mill-powered tinker toys. Extremely my shit. For something so concerned with death, aging, poverty, loneliness, and infirmity, it’s actually quite uplifting!

  • High and Low

    High and Low

    ★★★★★

    The Kingo Gondo ‘stache is the absolute peak of Mifune facial hair. Better than his goatee in Throne of Blood. Better even than his titular beard in Red Beard. Yes, Gondo’s little black mustache stands alone. It’s greatness cannot be denied.

    Also, never realized that the kidnapper is Goro the ramen cowboy from Tampopo! I guess he went to Heaven after all, and became a truck-driving noodle connoisseur. Good for him!

  • Andrei Rublev

    Andrei Rublev

    ★★★★★

    Took a gamble and started watching this at about six in the morning, all but sure it would put me back to sleep. Part of the joy of watching Tarkovsky is you can doze off and not miss much, right? Ludicrous. I was completely enthralled. Not a droopy eyelid in sight. While I struggled to stay awake during a rewatch a few years ago at Lincoln Center, in the wee hours of a dreary Saturday morning in the dark of…

  • The Northman

    The Northman

    ★★★★½

    Definite shortcomings to be sure, but the elements that Eggers really puts his whole heart into—the rituals, the violence, the landscapes—are undeniably remarkable. I’m in the bag for this sort of thing, no question, but you can’t complain too much about the half-baked romantic subplot when you’re also given the gold plated gift of Willem Dafoe’s shriveled head speaking from beyond the grave to recount the forging of a legendary blade that can only be used at night. Are you not entertained??

  • Mother Joan of the Angels

    Mother Joan of the Angels

    ★★★★½

    God bless you easterneuropeanmovies.com for letting me download this stone cold banger 🙏 Complex, atmospheric, rich with detail, and just the right amount of self-flagellation. Based on the same events that inspired The Devils but feels like it’s aesthetic opposite; hushed, precise, and unhurried. Slap an A24 logo at the beginning and it’d be easy to mistake it for Eggers. 

    Never heard of this Jerzy Kawalerowicz guy till now but I’ll be damned if I forget him. Some absolutely masterful staging…

  • On the Silver Globe

    On the Silver Globe

    ★★★★½

    Somehow anticipates everything from Mad Max to Terry Gilliam without actually having been released in time to influence any of it directly (even though it was shot in 1977, it wasn’t released until a decade later). It is easy to imagine a world in which On the Silver Globe single-handedly inspired the slew of manic fish-eyed sci fi dystopias to come, similar to the question “what if Jodorowsky had made Dune?” Silver Globe actually exists, but like Jodorowsky’s Dune it’s impact remains almost completely hypothetical.  Zulawski’s singular vision may be “incomplete” but it is nevertheless exhausting, enthralling, and unlike anything else.

  • Cléo from 5 to 7

    Cléo from 5 to 7

    ★★★★½

    I would like to formally apologize for previously rating this 2 1/2 stars. I’m a complete fucking idiot.

  • Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson

    Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson

    ★★★

    A very watchable misfire from a man who’s inherent style is already so unwieldy and unfocused that it’s easy to forgive when things go awry; how could it not sometimes? All those people, all that talking? It can’t all be Nashville. Still, you get Burt Lancaster with an enormous mustache playing a character called “The Legend-Maker” so a total waste of time it is definitely not

  • The Passion of Anna

    The Passion of Anna

    ★★★★

    A truly upsetting amount of animal cruelty but there’s a scene where Max von Sydow angrily chops wood in the snow so it automatically gets four stars

  • House of Gucci

    House of Gucci

    ★★½

    I heard Pacino’s look for Aldo Gucci was actually inspired by a rotisserie chicken

  • My Dinner with Andre

    My Dinner with Andre

    ★★★★★

    Put off watching this for at least a decade because I thought it’d be like homework. In fact, it is startlingly rich and thought provoking and very funny and very profoundly depressing. After over two years of being stuck inside our houses (and more years than that watching the world hurtle towards oblivion), all of Andre Gregory’s anxieties about human stagnation and the Orwellian nightmare-to-come (that had already come by 1981) feel prophetic and fully realized. Who can’t relate to…

  • Inland Empire

    Inland Empire

    ★★★★★

    Inscrutable, alienating, unrelenting, an extremely bad time all around. Can’t wait to see it again!