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  • Daisies



    DAISIES (Vera Chytilova, Czechoslovakia, 1966) 10 was 9

    DAISIES may be the most frivolous film, before the camera and behind it, ever made (and boy do I mean that as praise). This nightclub scene wouldn't have been out of place on Benny Hill #AgainCompliment. Bananas FTW. Scissors FTMFW. Nihilism, wanton destruction and anti-social anti-politics has never been (1) so much fun with so much formal verve, and (2) with so much rigor, all the way down, even to the "apology"…

  • Hawks and Sparrows

    Hawks and Sparrows


    THE HAWKS AND THE SPARROWS (Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italy, 1966) 9

    Friends were convinced I wouldn’t like this, but there is potential for this to be among my all-time favorites with repeated viewings. Pasolini just throws so much out there, but I was never not-enjoying a film that seems custom-made to my sensibility -- a comic fable of ideas, an intellectual's anti-intellectualism.

    Maybe my favorite sequence was the explicitly name-checked "driving the money-changers" scene, shot like Benny Hill. But instead…

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  • Leave No Trace

    Leave No Trace


    ‪LEAVE NO TRACE (Granik, USA, 2018, 10, was 9)

    This is gonna sound more back-handed than I mean it but a significant part of this film’s greatness is in what it DOESN’T do. There is no war flashback; Foster’s reaction to diegetic helicopter sounds is enough. There is no real father-daughter “confrontation” talk before the last scene, because that isn’t these people. There is no VA-related politicking because people don’t live like issues. There is no elaborate long-term plan. And…

  • Made in U.S.A

    Made in U.S.A

    MADE IN USA (Jean-Luc Godard, France, 1966, 2)

    Language allows a person to make a grammatically complete sentence that makes no semantic sense ... "the bartender poured vodka in his cigarette," for example. If you think this mighty insight proves that words don't make sentences -- you are 4-year-old, or, if an adult, profoundly stupid and unwise. Jean-Luc Godard was 36 when he made this movie. Oh, the scene in question could very well be about how stupid and unwise…