• The Lady Eve

    The Lady Eve

    An easy way to end the evening with a smile. Lady Eve is a to-the-point screwball that’s easy to follow but keeps you guessing as how it’ll end. Stanwyck does some of her best acting (hard to be believe this is the same person who played a cold and troubled woman in Double Indemnity!) and Fonda is effortlessly boyish and charming.

    Highlights for me are when Jean is giving commentary to the many women going after Charles and when she gives her dating history in a dramatic montage.

    Also how about that Lubitsch ending?

  • The Gleaners and I

    The Gleaners and I

    Picked this at random because I like the painting. Very naturalistic view at people who pick food for pleasure, tradition, and financial need. Reminds me of Louis Malle's documentary God's Country.

    This is an emphatic and charming view on people who struggle from the lens of an old tradition.

  • Trouble in Paradise

    Trouble in Paradise

    Billy Wilder, director of films such as Sunset Boulevard and Double Indemnity needs no introduction. Considered one of the greatest film directors of all time, Wilder had a deep respect for those who came before him. A small sign in his working office read "How did Lubitsch do it?". When asked about this particular use of his office wall, Wilder replied:

    "I made that sign. That way I never allow myself to write one sentence that I would be ashamed…

  • The Butcher

    The Butcher

    Very engaging and subtle thriller - it wasn't obvious that this is a serial killer film. Most scenes are subdued and about daily life and relationships, delivered with the aloofness and seriousness common in French films. I enjoyed the way the thriller part of the film slowly crept into the main plot. Some good dialogue and outfits as well.

  • Paris, Texas

    Paris, Texas

    Last 25~ mins hit me so hard I couldn't finish my Popeyes sandwhich. Beautiful film.

  • After Hours

    After Hours

    Great movie to watch when you’re down. This guy’s life sucks.

  • Seven Chances

    Seven Chances

    Funny and cute.

  • Fox and His Friends

    Fox and His Friends

    Pessimist and tragic film about naive love. I understand this film is controversial among LGTB circles, but the portrayal seemed natural and non-judgmental to me - it wasn't the point of the film at all which was unique. The focus is on the way the bourgeoisie play with and take advantage of a sweet but inexperienced working class man. They patronize him, lie to him, chastise him for being different, but make him dependent on them via affection and promises. Fassbinder shows us this transition from optimism to tragedy over two well-paced hours, without feeling rushed or too slow.

  • An Autumn's Tale

    An Autumn's Tale

    Charming romcom set in late 80s Chinatown. The film is carried by its charismatic leads (like any good romcom) but the sharp script and naturalistic style takes the viewer through a typical NYC immigrant experience.

  • Husbands


    Wish I could have a midlife crisis with the fellas.

  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    An exploration of hopeless greed. While Aguirre himself is its leading example, the film focuses on the expedition in general - the haughty nobleman, the enslaved natives, uneasy soldiers - and how they reconcile that they're traveling to both their deaths and untold riches.

    The level of immersion this film provides, particularly in its beginning and end, is impressive considering the age of the film. The soundtrack is atmospheric, and often times it's not there at all. The camera movements…

  • Tokyo Family

    Tokyo Family

    Took me too long to watch this. Looking at the film independently, it is great. Calm, with an emotional undercurrent. Yamada has learned from his master the art of "show, don't tell". The way he updates the story doesn't feel forced nor does it feel by the numbers.

    But, to be honest, the film made me like Tokyo Story more. Ozu really hit upon universal themes that can be applied and performed in any decade.