Listmania: Top 5 Star Wars Movies

Listmania – Star Wars Edition I finally got a chance to see Rogue One, and I was inspired by it to rank my top 5 favorite Star Wars movies. Of the 8 so far, I think only episodes I and II are pretty unwatchable. All the rest are great and must-sees. This is a franchise […]

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Genre Blast: War is Hell

Sometimes the genre is used as patriotic propaganda, sometimes to the opposite effect. Conflict drives all drama and nothing compares to the giant canvas provided when multiple characters, countries and ideals reach a boiling point and clash on a grand scale. Criteria for this genre are simple: all you need is a war, preferably historical, […]

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Review: Suntan

Argyris Papadimitropoulos is an okay director, nothing spectacular, we knew that already. Makis Papadimitriou already proved himself in the recent Chevalier so I wasn’t too worried about him. Elli Trigkou, a newcomer, an a priori 50-50 of potential. The subject matter well-overused; a man confronted by his own fleeting youth and crushing loneliness falls ridiculously […]

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Woo L.A. Podcast #3: Films From Birth

So we made it to the third podcast. This episode we talk about the upcoming aliens and baby Groot, before declaring our favorite films for each year of our lives on this Earth – a trend you’re all very familiar with by now. I am joined once again by Al (@AlRob_MN), Julia (@Reality_Diva1), and Jonathan (@MisterBrown_23). Big thanks […]

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Review: Divines

Audiences around the world are missing out on the non-commercial, non-English language film gems – it has been the same for years, decades. French film Divines (di-veen) is one such motion picture, an experience that made me actually feel something far deeper than surface emotions. Directed by breakthrough Houda Benyamina, winning the Caméra d’Or at the Cannes Film […]

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Genre Blast: Dystopian & Post-Apocalyptic Movies

(This series is a challenge for all film nerds. I call out the film genre and five favorites, and then you tell me what I missed. Let’s see see if we can come up with a definitive catalog. Ready?)  Genre Blast: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic Movies How bad can it get? Pretty bad, judging from these visions in […]

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Review: The Hollars

I could nitpick and find a trillion faults with this movie. The direction lacks any sort of inspiration, letting the viewer actually “feel” the passive way Krasinski chooses to go about treating the all-star cast. Thankfully, most of the actors seem to know what they’re doing so, albeit lukewarm directorially, the performances somewhat save the day. […]

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Film Honors: 2004

My own personal choices for the year. They reflect not just necessarily what I think is the best or essential cinema, but perhaps resonate with me or inspire, both at the time, and still today. Subject to alter choices if new viewings are worthy enough. Other published Film Honors posts can be found at the […]

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Krzysztof Kieślowski: One Color, 21 Moments, A Thousand Times Goodbye

As a young screenwriter, impressionable and ambitious, I was capable of soaking up inspiration like a sponge. Beyond the passion for writing and watching and talking about and thinking about films, the whole screenwriting process was still a huge learning curve, my feet were still being found and my own artistic style was yet to […]

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Review: The Salesman

Without it yet being an actual problem, watching this felt like Asghar Farhadi has become a bit too self-aware, dangerously close to falling into the black hole of his own creativity. A tad too stylized, a lashing too structured, The Salesman is still a profoundly personal movie, anthropocentric to almost a fault without ever crossing […]

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The Krzysztof Kieślowski Occupied Film Honors

As you may all be aware now, my annual choices for “best” come in the form of Film Honors*, so with that in mind I just wanted to pull out the films by Krzysztof Kieślowski that managed mentions with me – as part of the #KrzysztofKieslowskiWeekend. I’ve yet to publish my entire Film Honors results […]

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Krzysztof Kieślowski: Films & TV 1975-1989

Krzysztof Kieślowski would return to television a decade after Personnel (1975) with a seminal, stunning Dekalog, the Polish series of 10 one-hour episodes (binge it, I implore you), updating the Ten Commandments to modern era stories. Each segment is crammed with philosophy, politics, sociology, morality, human language – hell, this ought to be on the education syllabus […]

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Psychology Of Film Diagnosis: Three Colors Blue

Blue, the first in Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colors trilogy, tells the story of a ghost musician, Julie, who is caught in a grieving cycle after her husband and daughter pass away in a car accident. Unable to cut herself out of existence through a failed suicide attempt upon hearing about their deaths, Julie tries the […]

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Reading, Writing, Arithmetic #29 -Krzysztof Kieślowski

Long time no see Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, my once regular links recommendations of the movie world (and those that crash the party). This time around we continue with the Krzysztof Kieślowski Weekend by offering you all some fascinating articles / essays  tributes to the Polish landmark filmmaker. Get comfortable, and read on. “AND SO ON”: KIESLOWSKI’S […]

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Genre Blast: Westerns

 (This series is a challenge for all film nerds. I call out the film genre and five favorites, and then you tell me what I missed. Let’s see see if we can come up with a definitive catalog. Ready?)  Genre Blast: Westerns  The western genre is one that has long passed its due date but […]

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Krzysztof Kieślowski: Documentaries & Shorts 1966-1988

Monday 13th January 2017 will mark 21 years since the passing of one of cinema’s greatest film-makers – and one who deserved that tag without question. Krzysztof Kieślowski played the rich, unforgettable game of human chance in his motion picture, telling stories of the ordinary people that turned out to be effortlessly extraordinary. But the […]

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LACMA Review: Personal Shopper

In their second collaboration, Kristen Stewart and director Olivier Assayas go down a creepy American in Paris Gothic film road with Personal Shopper. I was in attendance Monday night at the Film Independent at LACMA screening where after wards, there was a Q&A. Kristen stars as Maureen, a young woman who is still mourning the […]

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Review And Q&A: Personal Shopper

Personal Shopper is an emotional story about loss, luxury labels, comfy pullovers, ghosts, scooters, ectoplasm, and contacting the other side. Something for everyone, en fait. Personal shopper is the second collaboration between the French auteur director Olivier Assayas and his Southlands ingénue, Kristen Stewart, who scooped the first ever Cesar to go to an American […]

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Interview: Deborah Kampmeier

I recently got the opportunity to Skype with renowned filmmaker Deborah Kampmeier so I could grill her about her filmmaking inspirations and her views on female directors in the business. We also discuss her first two features Virgin and Hounddog, the controversy and funding that came with them, as well as asking about her brand new film […]

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Emma Watson Can’t Be A Feminist And Have Boobs

It was incomprehensible how much weight Emma Watson put upon her slender shoulders when she embarked on the inspirational United Nations speech in 2014. I was in on the HeForShe campaign immediately – sold! But, three years on, she ought to pay attention to the kids on Instagram, they have such noble, worldly, well though-out […]

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