Region: France

Blue is the Warmest Color (2013)

I’m interested, primarily, in one aspect of this film.

Nov 26, 2013
Category: Festivals, Film

Catherine Breillat: Material Desires

This interview was originally posted at Mubi.

Sep 25, 2013
Category: Film, Interviews

TIFF 2012 – Day 6

Dormant Beauty (Bellocchio), Something in the Air (Assayas), Berberian Sound Studio (Strickland), Nights with Theodore (Betbeder), and The Last Time I Saw Macao (Rodrigues and Guerra da Mata).

Sep 11, 2012
Category: Festivals, Film, Film Responses

Les rendez-vous d’Anna (1978)

This essay was originally published at Mubi.

Jul 5, 2010
Category: Essays, Film, Film Responses

2009 SFIFF Diary 3

Petter Greenaway’s Rembrandt’s J’Accuse and The Other One by Patrick Mario Bernard and Pierre Trividic.

May 12, 2009
Category: Festivals, Film, Film Responses

2009 SFIFF Diary 2

Heddy Honigmann’s Oblivion, Frazer Bradshaw’s Everything Strange and New, Claire Denis’s 35 Shots of Rum (yes, again), Javor Gardev’s Zift, and Mikheil Kalatozishvili’s Wild Field.

Apr 30, 2009
Category: Festivals, Film, Film Responses

2009 SFIFF Diary 1

Atom Egoyan’s Adoration and Catherine Breillat’s Bluebeard.

Apr 26, 2009
Category: Festivals, Film, Film Responses

Films of the ’80s (part 1)

Short responses to films by Maurice Pialat, William Friedkin, Louis Malle, Paul Schrader, Nicolas Roeg, Mike Leigh, and Michel Deville.

Apr 17, 2009
Category: Film, Film Responses

Heartbeat Detector (2008)

Heartbeat Detector is a tricky one. Immediately after my first viewing a couple weeks ago, I went searching for decent writing about it but found slim pickings. Judging by the responses of most critics I’ve found online, it’s little more than a too-long and “oh so European” corporate thriller. Unflattering comparisons to Michael Clayton are the norm, and there’s a not-so-subtle (and strangely patronizing) animosity running through the reviews: that a film would seriously compare the workings of modern capital to the Holocaust is just too much, apparently.

Jan 20, 2009
Category: Film, Film Responses

40 Hours in 18 Images and 3 Songs

The Duke Spirit, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Sonic Youth, and Last Year at Marienbad.

Apr 27, 2008
Category: Film, Music