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Review: Shoplifters, 2018, dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda

Review: Shoplifters, 2018, dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda


Two Hirokazu Kore-eda movies! In one year! What a gift to all of humanity, Shoplifters in particular, this humane but knotty and deeply complicated movie; good though The Third Murder may be, it simply isn’t Shoplifters, the best “family is what you make it” movie of 2018 (and “family is what you make it” is indeed a surprising sub-theme … Continue reading

Review: Bisbee ’17, 2018, dir. Robert Greene

Review: Bisbee ’17, 2018, dir. Robert Greene


Upfront: I dug Kate Plays Christine, documentary filmmaker Robert Greene’s last movie, but I am floored, still, by Bisbee ’17, his latest, and I saw it over two weeks ago. Maybe that makes me…I don’t know, simple? I think Kate Plays Christine hangs around the edges of fast comprehension. It’s elusive. I like an elusive film, and I’m … Continue reading

Review: Andrei Rublev, 1966, dir. Andrei Tarkovsky

Review: Andrei Rublev, 1966, dir. Andrei Tarkovsky


Hello! I’m back from vacation. Vacation is why I’m behind on sharing and posting my work. Don’t look at me like that. I’m entitled to go on vacation. Deal with it. Anyways: Here’s Andrei Rublev. There’s a new restoration of Andrei Rublev running in New York City, at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, courtesy of Janus Films. … Continue reading

Review: The Night is Short, Walk On Girl

Review: The Night is Short, Walk On Girl


Add The Night is Short, Walk On Girl to the canon of “great drinking movies.” The characters here drink more liquor than any mortal human could possibly imbibe without dying, much less without blacking out; they also have better adventures than most of us do when under the influence, though most of us don’t do the … Continue reading

Review: Far From the Tree, 2018, dir. Rachel Dretzin

Review: Far From the Tree, 2018, dir. Rachel Dretzin


Rachel Dretzin probably didn’t make Far From the Tree anticipating that members of her audience might come back around to Donald Trump mocking a disabled reporter at a campaign rally in 2015 (nice voting, schmucks!). Speaking for myself, that’s exactly what I kept thinking of watching the film (which is based on Andrew Solomon’s non-fiction novel … Continue reading