• A Tale of Winter

    A Tale of Winter

    Didn't hit me as much as other Rohmers but there's plenty of interesting commentary and dialogue. I found the plot a little more predictable, though the ending caught me by surprise.

  • Pauline at the Beach

    Pauline at the Beach

    I'm running out of things to say about these films as Rohmer's a very consistent director: beautiful framing and color work. This reminded me of Full Moon in Paris in the way the main character is relatable, even sympathetic, but you know they are lying to themselves to justify their world view and actions. But unlike Full Moon, Rohmer makes a parallel with a younger generation through Pauline, which gave the discourses on love more depth.

  • A Tale of Springtime

    A Tale of Springtime

    Another pleasant Rohmer comedy. I found this one more understated and quiet than the rest, but it still includes the typical Rohmer dialogues in beautiful locations. In terms of the themes presented, Rohmer makes a good case for detecting when you are about to become part of a cycle of disposable partners.

  • A Summer's Tale

    A Summer's Tale

    This guy's an idiot but I love him. Rohmer is an expert at making you see yourself and your flaws through his characters. A must for indecisive people.

  • Claire's Knee

    Claire's Knee

    Was a little hesitant at first but it stuck the landing. Rohmer creates a daring and provocative story about desire.

  • 0s & 1s

    0s & 1s

    Ahead of its time. Super fun and innovative story telling. Funny.

  • Viridiana

    Viridiana

    Third or fourth rewatch. Still one of the best films and loss of innocence and the dynamic between reality and idealism.

  • The Cranes Are Flying

    The Cranes Are Flying

    Beautifully shot — this is one of the prettiest films I've ever seen. And of course, the plot and acting is superb and tragic. One of the best anti-war films, though perhaps it's more anti-society-in-war?

  • Growing Up

    Growing Up

    It is difficult for me not to enjoy coming of age and family drama films, and this is no exception. Foreshadowing A Summer at Grandpa's, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Chu Tien-wen's script is able to make one smile and think about their own formative experiences as a young person while not being overly corny or traumatic. Happy and sad things happen in this film, but they are understated and taken as scenes from life — because they are. The narration and dialogue help the viewer feel a sense of intimacy with the characters, who are all well-acted.

  • Raining in the Mountain

    Raining in the Mountain

    A heist film but it's with Buddhist monks in Ming Dynasty China.

  • The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

    The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

    Very engaging thriller.

  • Topper

    Topper

    Silly, lighthearted, and wholesome. What I expect from a 30s Cary Grant comedy.