Matt S '67

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Favorite films

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Faces Places
  • Pather Panchali
  • I Was Born, But...

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  • The Country Girl

    ★★★

  • Cat's Eye

    ★★½

  • Cat's Eye

    ★★½

  • Good Time

    ★★★★

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  • The Devils

    The Devils

    ★★★★★

    One of the greatest films ever made (as well as one of the most sacrilegious and controversial), The Devils (1971) is based on Aldous Huxley's non-fiction book The Devils of Loudun (1952) and the subsequent 1960 play by John Whiting. Ken Russell's adaptation dramatizes the fall of Urbain Grandier, a 17th-century Roman Catholic priest accused of witchcraft after the possessions of an order of nuns in Loudun, France. Grandeur was accused by Sister Jeanne des Anges, a sexually repressed Mother…

  • Strange Way of Life

    Strange Way of Life

    ★★★

    This is a weak Almodóvar film. The sub-par production design and digital cinematography don't help matters. (And I'm not so sure about the casting of Ethan Hawke.)

    But that flashback was hot.

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  • Pier Paolo Pasolini - Agnès Varda - New York - 1967

    Pier Paolo Pasolini - Agnès Varda - New York - 1967

    ★★★½

    Varda: Now, talking about cinema: would you tell me your definitions of reality and fiction?

    Pasolini: There's no difference between reality and fiction because cinema is reality expressing itself through itself. In reality, I can photograph a man walking down a street. He's not aware that he's being filmed, and this is reality. If I choose an actor to play that man, then there's another reality, the actor's reality. But it's always reality, it's never fiction. I always take an actor for what he is, I don't like him to act.

  • Tell It Like a Woman

    Tell It Like a Woman

    ★½

    A messy, unfocused anthology. The basic premise: Stories about women, produced, directed and written by women. 

    Here’s my breakdown:

    1. “Pepcy & Kim” (d. Taraji P. Henson, written by Catherine Hardwicke, starring Jennifer Hudson, Pauletta Washington). Strictly amateur hour. Embarrassingly poor performance by Hudson as prisoner dealing with mental illness and drug addiction. Slapdash direction by Henson. Why would anyone begin their anthology film with such poor material, regardless of the celebrities involved? Rating: *

    2. “Elbows Deep” (d. Catherine Hardwicke,…