02 janvier 2022


Battleship Potemkin (Sergei Eisenstein, 1925) (Бронено́сец «Потёмкин»)

Pauline at the Beach (Éric Rohmer, 1983)

The Green Ray (Éric Rohmer, 1986)

Metropolitan (Whit Stillman, 1990)

The Big Short (Adam McKay, 2015) 

Dune (Denis Villeneuve, 2021) 

Azor (Andreas Fontana, 2021) 

The Green Knight (David Lowery, 2021)

The Imitation Game (Morten Tyldum, 2014)

My Octopus Teacher (Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed, 2020)

Happiness (Aleksandr Medvedkin, 1935)

The Handmaiden (Park Chan-wook, 2016)

Putin's palace. History of world's largest bribe (Alexei Navalny, 2021)

India Song (Marguerite Duras, 1975)

The White Crow (Ralph Fiennes, 2018)

Important rewatches: 

Doctor Zhivago 


Black Narcissus

01 janvier 2021


Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Céline Sciamma, 2019)
Volver (Pedro Almodóvar, 2006)
Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (Vladimir Menshov, 1980) (available on YouTube from MosFilm, in 2 parts, here: Part 1, Part 2)
Hélas pour moi (Jean-luc Godard, 1993)
Parasite (Bong Joon-ho, 2019)
A Hidden Life (Terrence Malick, 2019)
Vitalina Varela (Pedro Costa, 2019)
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down (Pedro Almodóvar, 1990)
Wormwood (Errol Morris, 2017)
Love Actually (Richard Curtis, 2003)
Primer (Shane Carruth, 2004)
The Death of Stalin (Armando Iannucci, 2017)
That Most Important Thing: Love (Andrzej Żuławski, 1975)
Wheel of Time (Werner Herzog, 2003)
Tale of Tales (Yuri Norstein, 1979)
High Life (Claire Denis, 2018)
Rembrandt's J'Accuse (Peter Greenaway, 2008)
The Rite (Ingmar Bergman, 1969)
Holy Motors (Leos Carax,  2012)
Night Moves (Kelly Reichardt, 2013)
La Dolce Vita (Federico Fellini, 1960)

03 janvier 2020


My annual chronicle of my own year in cinema.

This isn't so much of a ranked list as a list in three tiers:
A single film that joins the top tier of masterpieces that reveal deep truths about the physical and metaphysical world; a large number of well-crafted films that tell large truths in important ways; and a set of disappointments that deserved better from their makers.

My only two specific notes about this year are about Ordet, which overpowered me, and about Kommunisten, which inspired me.

I don't think I would have been ready to see Ordet until 2019, at least not through the eyes that it deserves. I'm very thankful that I waited to see it until I was a person who carries faith.

I wrote about Kommunisten, briefly, for Mubi's Images of the Decade.

Ordet (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1955)
Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick, 1999)*
Kommunisten (Jean-Marie Straub, 2014)
Beau Travail (Claire Denis, 1999)
Workers, Peasants (Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub, 2001)
Microhabitat (Jeon Go-woon, 2017)
Dragon Inn (King Hu, 1967)
Pain and Glory (Pedro Almodóvar, 2019)
Bao (Domee Shi, 2018)
My 20th Century (Ildikó Enyedi, 1988)
Bad Lieutenant (Abel Ferrara, 1992)
Vagabond (Agnès Varda, 1985)
White Material (Claire Denis, 2009)
The Wayward Cloud (Tsai Ming-liang, 2005)
The Irishman (Martin Scorsese, 2019)
Oedipus Rex (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1967)
The Death of Empedocles (Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet, 1987)
The Devil and Daniel Johnston (Jeff Feuerzeig, 2005)
The Favourite (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2018)
Fortini/Cani (Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet, 1976)
So Long, My Son (Wang Xiaoshuai, 2019)
The Fighter (David O. Russell, 2010)
Machorka-Muff (Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet, 1963)
Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino, 2018)
L'enfant secret (Philippe Garrel, 1979)
BRIDGIT (Charlotte Prodger, 2016)
Flores (Jorge Jácome, 2017)
Brave (Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and Steve Purcell, 2012)
Ad Astra (James Gray, 2019)
Suicide Squad (David Ayer, 2016)
Slack Bay (Bruno Dumont, 2016)
The Edge of the Knife (Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown, 2018) [abandoned at 48 minutes]
Me the Terrible (Josephine Decker, 2012)
Aquaman (James Wan, 2018)
The Blues Brothers (John Landis, 1980)
Doctor Chance (F.J. Ossang, 1997) [abandoned at 34 min]

* Revisited, and still terrific

02 janvier 2019


Drake - Nice for What (Karena Evans, 2018)
Hommage à Jean-Marie Straub (Valérie Massadian, 2018)
The Image Book (Jean-Luc Godard, 2018)
(Untitled) (Bajir Cannon, 2018)
The 39 Steps (Alfred Hitchcock, 1935)
Annihilation (Alex Garland, 2018)
Diamantino (Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt, 2018)
Die Hard 2 (Renny Harlin, 1990)
Milford Graves Full Mantis (Jake Meginsky w/ Neil Young, 2018)
Drake - God's Plan (Karena Evans, 2018)
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (Declan Lowney, 2013)
Tomb Raider (Roar Uthaug, 2018)
Fantastic Four (Josh Trank, 2015)

31 décembre 2017


Moonlight (Barry Jenkins, 2016)
Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade, 2016)
A nos amours (Maurice Pialat, 1983)
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Jake Kasdan, 2017)
The Death of Louis XIV (Albert Serra, 2016)
HAIM - Right Now (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2017)
HAIM - Want You Back (Jake Schreier, 2017)
Orange Light (Ryland Walker Knight, 2016)
Ghost Comb. (Ryland Walker Knight, 2016)
Seven Years Nine Months (Ryland Walker Knight, 2015)
Spielberg (Susan Lacy, 2017)
Inferno (Ron Howard, 2016)
Independence Day: Resurgence (Roland Emmerich, 2016)
Gunpowder (J Blakeson, 2017)
Mulan (Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook, 1998)
Kong: Skull Island (Jordan Vogt-Roberts, 2017)
Witchfinder General (Michael Reeves, 1968)

11 janvier 2016


Adieu au langage (Jean-Luc Godard, 2014)
À propos de Venise (Jean-Marie Straub, 2014)
Inside Out (Pete Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen, 2015)
Dialogue d’ombres (Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, 1954 – 2013)
Night and Fog (Alain Resnais, 1955)
Le Camps de la mort (1945)
La Madre (Jean-Marie Straub, 2012)
Straight (Ai Wei Wei, 2015)
Lava (James Ford Murphy, 2014)
The Martian (Ridley Scott, 2015)
Junun (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2015)
Au Revoir Les Enfants (Louis Malle, 1987)
Schakale und Araber (Jean-Marie Straub, 2011)
Henchman Glance (Chris Marker, 2010)
An Education (Lone Scherfig, 2009)
Amy (Asif Kapadia, 2015)

01 janvier 2016


The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2015)
Carol (Todd Haynes, 2014)
Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (Jacques Demy, 1967)
Arrival (Denis Villeneuve, 2016)
Julieta (Pedro Almodovar, 2016)
Inception (Christopher Nolan, 2010) The Present (Jacob Frey, 2014)
In Jackson Heights (Frederick Wiseman, 2015)
Hypernormalisation (Adam Curtis, 2016)
Hit 2 Pass (Kurt Walker, 2014)
Blue (Derek Jarman, 1993)
Squirrel take GoPro and gives best POV EVER!!! (2016)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (J. J. Abrams, 2015)
Arabian Nights: Volume 1 - The Restless One (Miguel Gomes, 2015)
The Bridge of Sighs (Jean-Luc Godard, 2014)
Friends Dancing to Bowie (Keith Uhlich, 2016)
For Ever Mozart (Jean-Luc Godard, 1996)
Rosehill (Brigitta Wagner, 2015)

01 janvier 2015

A Cinematic Year (2014)

Interstellar (Christopher Nolan, 2014)
It's a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, 2014)
Beyoncé (feat. Jay-Z) "Drunk in Love" Unofficial Emoji Video (Jesse Hill, 2014)
Journey to Italy (Roberto Rossellini, 1954)
Les années 80 (Chantal Akerman, 1983)
Horse Money (Pedro Costa, 2014)
Camera falls from airplane and lands in pig pen--MUST WATCH END!! (Mia Munselle, 2014)
Valparaiso (Joris Ivens, 1963)
À bientôt, j'espère (Chris Marker & Mario Marret, 1968)
The Kid (Charlie Chaplin, 1921)
Three Cheers for the Whale (Chris Marker & Mario Ruspoli, 1972)
A Brighter Summer Day (Edward Yang, 1991)
Portrait of Lotte - 0 to 14 years in 4 min. (The Original) (Frans Hofmeester, 2014)
Film for Untitled Viewer (Joseph Bernard, 1983)
The Terrorizer (Edward Yang, 1986)
Life of Riley (Alain Resnais, 2013)
Un jour Pina a demandé (Chantal Akerman, 1983)
A City of Sadness (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 1989)
Hiroshima mon amour (Alain Resnais, 1959)
Apple - iPad Air - TV Ad - Your Verse (2013)
Sherlock Jr (Buster Keaton, 1924)
The Three Ages (Edward F. Cline & Buster Keaton, 1923)
Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson, 2012)
The Football Incident (Une histoire de ballon: le lycée no. 31 à Pekin) [from How Yukong Moved the Mountains] (Joris Ivens & Marceline Loridan-Ivens, 1976)
Professor Tsien [from How Yukong Moved the Mountains] (Joris Ivens & Marceline Loridan-Ivens, 1976)
Venezia 70 Future Reloaded - Jean Marie Straub (Jean Marie Straub, 2013)
Colorfilm (Standish Lawder, 1971)
Miracle on 34th Street (George Seaton, 1947)
Blackfish (Gabriela Cowperthwaite, 2013)
Por primera vez (Octavio Cortazar, 1967)
color test #2 (no worries) (Phil Coldiron, 2014)
color test #3 (sisters) (Phil Coldiron, 2014)
Khan Khanne (Jean-Luc Godard, 2014)
Rehearsal at the Peking Opera [from How Yukong Moved the Mountains] (Joris Ivens & Marceline Loridan-Ivens, 1976)
21 Jump Street (Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, 2012)
color test #1 (full of fire) (Phil Coldiron, 2014)
Divergent (Neil Burger, 2014)
Traditional Handicrafts [from How Yukong Moved the Mountains] (Joris Ivens & Marceline Loridan-Ivens, 1976) 
The Restless Breed (Allan Dwan, 1957)
The Spanish Main (Frank Borzage, 1945)
Land Ho! (Aaron Katz & Martha Stephens, 2014)
Venezia 70 Future Reloaded - Yorgos Lanthimos (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2013)
HELL ORBS "Arschersetzer" feat. KC Green
Turen til Squashland (Lars Trier, 1967)
Spark: A Burning Man Story (Steve Brown and Jessie Deeter, 2013)

24 février 2014


She walks in Beauty, like the night
 Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that's best of dark and bright
 Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellowed to that tender light
 Which Heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
 Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
 Or softly lightens o'er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
 How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o'er that brow,
 So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
 But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
 A heart whose love is innocent!

14 février 2014

vincit qui patitur / amor vincit omnia



Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
     If this be error and upon me proved,
     I never writ, nor no man ever loved.


14 janvier 2014

Notebook's 6th Writers Poll: Fantasy Double Features of 2013

One of my favorite annual events, the publication of the Notebook’s year-end Fantasy Double Features poll. One of my favorite things to write, and read. I wrote a small piece I’m very proud of, which I’m happy to have published in such incredible company.

02 janvier 2014


I gave up the cinema in 2013, despite all contrary appearances. I don't have much to publicly say about this change of commitment that isn't buried beneath my forthcoming contribution to the Mubi year-end poll, but I do still without reservation present a non-chronological list of my year in cinema, in rough order of preference.

My definitions of cinema continue to change, and this year I felt more connected to short-form and internet content than ever before, and less inclined to consider television as 'cinema' except where the work in question was originally otherwise 'cinematic' according to my definitional instincts.

May this list offer you hints and gifts and reflections for your own journey through the world, and through the world of moving images.

[Untitled] (David McDougall, 2010)
The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)
The Big Parade (King Vidor, 1925)
The Three Disasters (Jean-Luc Godard, 2013)
From Greece (Peter Nestler, 1966)
A Single Man (Tom Ford, 2009)
Lola (Jacques Demy, 1961)
Häxan: Witchcraft Through The Ages (Benjamin Christensen, 1922; original score by Demdike Stare, 2013)
The Blackbird (Tod Browning, 1926)
Cluny Brown (Ernst Lubitsch, 1946)
Up The Danube (Peter Nestler & Zsóka Nestler, 1981)
d kat (Adam Cook, 2013)
Chile Film (Peter Nestler & Zsóka Nestler, [1974])
he didn't call his painting anything (Alexandre Galmard, 2013)
Joan of Paris (Robert Stevenson, 1942)
Black Roots (Lionel Rogosin, 1970)
Passage to Marseille (Michael Curtiz, 1944)
Die Judengasse (Peter Nestler, 1988)
How to Make Glass Manually (Peter Nestler & Zsóka Nestler, 1970)
Jonathan Rosenbaum, Present (Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, 2013)
Ödenwaldstetten (Peter Nestler, 1964)
Semi-Auto Colours (Isiah Medina, 2010)
Cassini Mission (Chris Abbas, 2012)
The Anabasis of May and Fusako Shigenobu, Masao Adachi and 27 Years Without Images (Eric Baudelaire, 2011)
Comrade X (King Vidor, 1940)
Mouse vs. Cookie (Pavel Golovkov, 2013)
Zero Dark Thirty (Kathryn Bigelow, 2012)
Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine, 2012)
Joe Biden - Return of the Mack ('DangerGuerrero', 2013)
Pachamama - Our Land (Peter Nestler, 1995)
Ellie Lumme (Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, 2013)
Viva Zapata! (Elia Kazan, 1952)
Louis C.K.: Oh My God (Louis C.K., 2013)
Why bring a child into this world? (Unilever, 2013)
Bhowani Junction (George Cukor, 1956)
(∃u) [u ≤ f and u ≤ m] (Isiah Medina, 2013)
My Brother's Wedding (Charles Burnett, 1983)
Declaration of War (Dustin Guy Defa, 2013)
Venezia 70 Future Reloaded - Apitchapong Weerasethakul (Apitchapong Weerasethakul, 2013)
everything is embarrassing (Kurt Walker, 2013)
Forever Young (Adam Cook, 2013)

Venezia 70 Future Reloaded - Jia Zhang-ke (Jia Zhang-ke, 2013)
Empire (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010)
[Thai Life Insurance commercial] (2010?)
[Thai Leukemia commercial] (2010?)
How easy it is to forget... (2012)
That Hamilton Woman (Alexander Korda, 1941)
The Loves of Pharaoh (Ernst Lubitsch, 1922)
Socrates (Roberto Rossellini, 1971)
Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin, 2013)
Iron Man (Jon Favreau, 2008)
The Glass Slipper (Jarrod Whaley, 2011)
The Man Phoning Mum (John Smith, 2011)
Fear (Roberto Rossellini, 1954)
Happy Anniversary (Jean-Claude Carrière & Pierre Étaix, 1962)
The Circle (Frank Borzage, 1925)
Hackney Marshes (TV version) (John Smith, 1978)
The Girl Chewing Gum (John Smith, 1976)
Incendiary Cinema (Ken Jacobs, 2005)
The Art of Vision (Stan Brakhage, 1965)
Venezia 70 Future Reloaded - Celina Murga (Celina Murga, 2013)
Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russell, 2012)
Seven Psychopaths (Martin McDonagh, 2012)
Dolce&Gabbana The One: "Street of Dreams" (Martin Scorsese, 2013)
Rupture (Pierre Étaix, 1961)
Iron Man 3 (Shane Black, 2013)
Poppy Fields Forever (John Warren, 2012)
Black Gold (Phil Karlson, 1947)
Life Is But A Dream (Ed Burke & Beyoncé Knowles, 2013)
The Sixth Year, Episode 3 (Alex Ross Perry, 2013)
B. waiting outside of a school (Isiah Medina, 2013)
Venezia 70 Future Reloaded - Pablo Larraín (Pablo Larraín, 2013)
Illegible Object, Omni-Ordering Eye (Venkatesh Rao, 2013)
Venezia 70 Future Reloaded - Isabel Coixet (Isabel Coixet, 2013)
Hell Is Other People (Jarrod Whaley, 2009)
My last minute (Leos Carax, 2006)
Iron Man 2 (Jon Favreau, 2010)
Phil Spector (David Mamet, 2013)
The Godfather Part II (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)
Wrath of the Titans (Jonathan Liebesman, 2012)