Wake up to your mermaid life!
William Klein’s absurdist fairy tale, Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? is a zany treasure trove of boisterous criticisms on the pretensions of the fashion industry, the malicious intention of the media, independent identity and autonomy living in the public eye, and is a sly commentary on social change and the ephemerality of opportunity and success. Klein, who was an artistic consultant on Louis Malle’s Dadaistic Zazie dans le métro, evokes the same spirit here in his puckish pasquinade of high fashion’s…
Monument versus motion appears to be a central theme to Federico Fellini’s Roma, an abstract homage to the city itself that contains characteristically semi-autobiographical and self-deprecating elements in its amorphous narrative and episodic structure. More of a highly-personal, coming-of-age vision of the Eternal City than anything as directly self-referential as his more lauded works like 8 ½ or La Dolce Vita, Rome in all its contradictory glory is the true star of this endearingly bizarre, encoded love letter. Though I’ve…
CRITERION CHALLENGE 2021: 47. Based on a book
The Go-Between, at first glance, seems to be the quintessence of cinematic compromise for Richard and myself: for him—a 1970s Julie Christie vehicle with a Harold Pinter screenplay, for me—a romantic British costume drama. I was apprehensive, though, on learning of Alan Bates’ involvement with the film—given my unfavorable response to his turn in An Unmarried Woman—but lo and behold, he acquitted himself quite well as the pastoral romeo Ted…
IT’S MY 2000TH FILM LOGGED!!!🎊
RICHARD’S 300TH REVIEW!!!🎉
John Cassavetes creates a jarring portrait of the American home and its most intimate turmoils in A Woman Under the Influence. Gena Rowlands and Peter Falk give fearsome turns as Mabel and Nick Longhetti—their chemistry is so authentic, their struggles so relatable, and yet the performances translate to something almost too harrowing to unveil. Mabel is a mother of three and homemaker struggling with her identity, self-worth, and place in the fabric…
Husbands is a survey of the male midlife crisis as depicted by three friends who abandon home, country,
responsibility, civility, and sanity when confronted with their own mortalities in the wake of a beloved friend’s death.
It cannot be overstated how alienating this experience was for me, a woman. Seeing John Cassavetes, Ben Gazzara, and Peter Falk traipse about New York City and London in madcap fashion on the hunt for booze and cooze wasn’t exactly an unfamiliar antic in…
Amid the tangle of Godard’s early feature-length output is his fourth film (third release), his cinematic coronet Vivre sa vie—a painterly, tragic composition of floundering actor Nana (Godard’s longtime muse and then-wife Anna Karina), who resorts to prostitution in the wake of domestic abandonment and failed attempts at stardom.
As is customary in the Godard oeuvre, his personal life oozes through the pores of the narrative—here, Nana has left her husband and child following an infidelity, coolly maintaining focus on…