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posted "Much angst, but powerfully, if slowly, presented" about Diary of a Country Priest.   July 22, 2012
Much angst, but powerfully, if slowly, presented Much angst, but powerfully, if slowly, p
Diary of a Country Priest (1951) – Robert Bresson's story of a young and inexperienced priest trying to serve God and the villagers of Ambri
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posted "As quiet and dry as a Norwegian bachelor" about Kitchen Stories.   May 13, 2012
As quiet and dry as a Norwegian bachelor As quiet and dry as a Norwegian bachelor
Kitchen Stories, a Norwegion/Swedish co-production, starts out as a dry, deadpan comedy of differences and ends as a dry, deadpan comedy of friendship
posted "A crafty mystery thanks to Chabrol and Noiret, with a satisfying last line for game show hosts" about Masques.   April 15, 2012
A crafty mystery thanks to Chabrol and Noiret, with a satisfying last line for game show hosts A crafty mystery thanks to Chabrol and N
With Claude Chabrol's Masques we have mystery in the country manor with, perhaps, murder in the country manner. But was there a murder and, if so,
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posted "Three dedicated Norwegian students create a fine documentary" about The Troll Hunter.   April 11, 2012
Three dedicated Norwegian students create a fine documentary Three dedicated Norwegian students creat
Three Norwegian college students made this documentary as a film studies project. We know them only by their first names, Kalle, Johanna and Thomas. A
posted "Gangsters, cops, chases and murders…and an innocent nice guy. Hitchcock would smile." about Point Blank (2011 French Film).   April 11, 2012
Gangsters, cops, chases and murders…and an innocent nice guy. Hitchcock would smile. Gangsters, cops, chases and murders…and
This is how Point Blank opens: When safecracker Hugo Sartet suddenly finds two men confronting him in a darkened Paris apartment, it’s run or di
posted "Mika's hot chocolate is delicious" about Merci Pour le Chocolat.   March 26, 2012
Mika's hot chocolate is delicious Mika's hot chocolate is delicious
Mika Muller, wealthy owner of a Swiss chocolate company (and played by Isabelle Huppert) has just married Andre Polonski (Jacques Dutronc). They had b
posted "An extraordinary performance by Marion Cotillard; an extraordinary film about the life of Edith Piaf" about La Vie en Rose.   March 26, 2012
An extraordinary performance by Marion Cotillard; an extraordinary film about the life of Edith Piaf An extraordinary performance by Marion C
I wouldn't be comfortable calling La Vie en Rose, the life of Edith Piaf, one of the great biographical films. What I'm sure of is that Marion
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posted "Murderous imperial melodrama with Gong Li and Chow Yun Fat" about Curse of the Golden Flower.   March 21, 2012
Murderous imperial melodrama with Gong Li and Chow Yun Fat Murderous imperial melodrama with Gong L
The Curse of the Golden Flower (Man Cheng Jin Dai Huang Jin Jia) is gorgeous melodrama; a visual feast of scarlet, magenta and gold, of lush set piece
posted ""You've such pretty hands. Why hold that knife when you could hold something else?"" about In the Realm of the Senses.   March 04, 2012
"You've such pretty hands. Why hold that
Later, Sada (Eiko Matsuda) holds both…the knife and the severed penis of her dead lover, Ichizo (Tatsuya Fuji). The movie is In the Realm of th
posted ""Some call it elegance. Some call it cruel. I like it," says Lord Matsudaira, kicking a head." about 13 Assassins.   February 26, 2012
"Some call it elegance. Some call it cru
It’s the old, old story…a small group of men we come to know are willing to die for a noble cause, and die they do, fighting against the
posted ""Your son killed a man...We don't know why."" about Clockmaker of St. Paul, The (L'Horloger de Saint-Paul).   February 21, 2012
"Your son killed a man...We don't know w
The cause of the movie is the murder. The purpose of the movie is to look closely at Michel Descombes, the father. The Clockmaker (l'Horloger de S
posted "Samurai pulp fiction filled with improbable action, with a noble hero and a relentless bad guy" about Samurai Spy.   February 16, 2012
Samurai pulp fiction filled with improbable action, with a noble hero and a relentless bad guy Samurai pulp fiction filled with improba
To enjoy Samurai Spy you'll find three things are helpful. First, some knowledge of Japanese history. Second, the ability to keep straight a
posted ""For someone who was in prison with maximum security, there are no rules...I live without rules."" about Mesrine.   February 14, 2012
"For someone who was in prison with maxi
The Seventies were good years for charismatic French gangster Jacques Mesrine. Except, of course, for the last five minutes.     
posted ""Women are magic, and I became a magician."" about Confidentially Yours.   February 09, 2012
"Women are magic, and I became a magicia
Confidentialy Yours,  a romance/comedy/murder movie, is the last film Francois Truffaut made. It's called an homage to Hitchcock, and li
posted "Nevsky: Great film? Maybe. Great propaganda film? Absolutely." about Alexander Nevsky.   January 03, 2012
Nevsky: Great film? Maybe. Great propaganda film? Absolutely. Nevsky: Great film? Maybe. Great propaga
I'll let others debate just how great a film Alexander Nevsky is; I don't know. But it certainly is great propaganda. It was made in 1938 when
posted "You'll never look at Sergio Leone -- or samurai flicks -- the same way again" about KILL !.   December 27, 2011
You'll never look at Sergio Leone -- or samurai flicks -- the same way again You'll never look at Sergio Leone -- or
Take a piece of Akira Kurosawa, blend in a big portion of Sergio Leone, then add a little of Mel Brooks on Xanax. You'll have an idea of one of t
posted "A lance arcs down and hits an eyeball; gobs of blood arc out. Wow!" about Centurion.   December 23, 2011
A lance arcs down and hits an eyeball; gobs of blood arc out. Wow! A lance arcs down and hits an eyeball; g
Centurion, a Roman empire epic set in Britain in 117 AD, has many of those qualities we see in the best of this genre: A plot line as empty as Gladiat
posted "What to choose? What to choose? A juicy doner kebab or tripe soup with testicles?" about Kebab Connection.   November 29, 2011
What to choose? What to choose? A juicy doner kebab or tripe soup with testicles? What to choose? What to choose? A juicy
Ibo Secmez (Denis Moschitto), a young German whose parents came from Turkey, has one ambition, to make the first German kung fu movie. His girlfriend,
posted "An excellent movie of paths not taken" about Man on the Train (L'Homme du Train) (2003).   November 29, 2011
An excellent movie of paths not taken An excellent movie of paths not taken
On a cold weekday a single passenger gets off the train at a French village. The hotels are closed for the season, but he meets an elderly retired sch
posted "One of the finest thrillers on film, from an equally fine book." about Tell No One.   November 23, 2011
One of the finest thrillers on film, from an equally fine book. One of the finest thrillers on film, fro
Says U. S. film critic Roger Ebert: "Here is how a thriller should be made."   Says Stephen Holden of the New York Times: "I
posted ""At the moment of death, I proclaim that I have no hatred for the German people…"" about Army of Crime.   November 20, 2011
"At the moment of death, I proclaim that
The camera pans slowly from face to face…22 men and one woman. Some look out the window of the transport they’re seated in. Some seem ang
posted "How foolish is honor. How hopeful is trust." about Grand Illusion.   November 18, 2011
How foolish is honor. How hopeful is trust. How foolish is honor. How hopeful is tru
If European aristocracy ever had a point for being, Jean Renoir’s great film, Grand Illusion, makes an even stronger one.       E
posted ""Why must fireflies die so young?"" about Grave of the Fireflies.   November 15, 2011
"Why must fireflies die so young?"
The first sentence in Grave of the Fireflies is "September 21, 1945...that was the night I died."       The voice b
posted "From adventure to paranoia, including how to gut an Arctic trout" about How I Finished This Summer.   November 02, 2011
From adventure to paranoia, including how to gut an Arctic trout From adventure to paranoia, including ho
How I Ended This Summer, a Russian movie from 2010, exists in a world of its own. Two men, alone for months, track weather data at an isolated Russian
posted "Sweet but not successful, with much to enjoy for connoisseurs of passivity" about Mongolian Ping Pong.   September 30, 2011
Sweet but not successful, with much to enjoy for connoisseurs of passivity Sweet but not successful, with much to e
Mongolian Ping Pong (Lu Cao Di) is a sweet-natured movie with almost no narrative strength or rhythm. One critic said that it was such slow going that
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