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reviewed The Wages of Fear. June 08, 2012
The Wages of Fear
         Imagine going to see a movie with someone on what might be a first date. The uncertainty about whether this is anything more than two new friends getting together …
reviewed Man on the Train (L'Homme du Train) (.... November 29, 2011
Man on the Train (L'Homme du Train) (2003)
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 school teacher who offers him shelter. The first man …
reviewed The Triplets of Belleville. May 28, 2011
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The Triplets of Belleville
***1/2 out of ****     Good animated films are crafted skillfully. Great ones are made lovingly. Bad ones- and there aren't really many- are made by the imbeciles of the world who …
reviewed Army of Shadows - Criterion Collectio.... April 15, 2011
Army of Shadows - Criterion Collection (1969)
"...but I'm going to die and I'm not afraid. It's impossible not to be afraid of dying. But I'm too stubborn, too much of an animal to believe it. If I don't believe it to the …
reviewed With a Friend Like Harry.... March 29, 2011
With a Friend Like Harry...
With a Friend Like Harry starts with a car ride. Michel (Laurent Lucas) and his wife and three young daughters are driving from Paris to a rundown country cottage they bought and hope to fix up over time. …
reviewed The Wages of Fear. March 14, 2011
The Wages of Fear
The Wages of Fear is a magnificent thriller, the last hour-and-a-half of which will have you chewing your nails up to your wrists.        Las Piedras is a tiny South American …
reviewed The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. December 31, 2010
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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
**** out of ****      "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" is a beautiful film, and there is virtually no other way to describe it. Never has a modern biopic depicted such …
reviewed Army of Shadows - Criterion Collectio.... October 13, 2010
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Army of Shadows - Criterion Collection (1969)
The Army of Shadows (released in 1969, directed by Jean-Pierre Melville) is, off the top of my current head, unique. The film’s engine is a plot that relies on the audience knowing a good amount …
reviewed 13 Tzameti. October 13, 2010
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13 Tzameti
This is the quote from the Netflix sleeve for the film 13 Tzameti: “Sébastien uncharacteristically throws caution to the wind when he decides to follow a set of instructions intended for …
reviewed The Girl on the Train (2010). August 10, 2010
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The Girl on the Train (2010)
André Téchiné's 'The Girl on the Train' (La fille du RER) focuses on a naive girl Jeanne (Émilie Dequenne) who fabricates a story about being attacked on a suburban Paris train by black and Arab youths …
reviewed The Wages of Fear. July 12, 2010
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The Wages of Fear
What Pompted You to write a Review?   This is a film where I could see the French Existential philosophy in action.     How was the Plot, Acting, Direction?      …
posted a Quick Tip about The Wages of Fear. July 12, 2010
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The Wages of Fear
One of the best examples of the French existentialist movement in movies.
reviewed Man on the Train (L'Homme du Train) (.... May 21, 2010
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Man on the Train (L'Homme du Train) (2003)
... and if you compare this polished black jewel of a film with anything made in English, you'll have to recognize why they still hold the patent!    Milan, the hard silent menacing …
reviewed Coco Before Chanel (2009 movie). April 08, 2010
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Coco Before Chanel (2009)
In a curious mixture of somber reality and breakout sentimentality, Anne Fontaine's biopic "Coco Before Chanel" showcases Audrey Tatou (Amélie) in an anti-gamin role as hardscrabble feminist Gabrielle …
reviewed Au Revoir Les Enfants. March 31, 2010
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Au Revoir Les Enfants
"Au Revoir Les Enfants"    Malle's Masterpiece    Amos Lassen    Louis Malle gives us a wonderful film and a new and interesting look at the …
posted a Quick Tip about Coco Before Chanel (2009 movie). March 28, 2010
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Coco Before Chanel (2009)
I really enjoyed this film. It was very well-acted and at times quite sexy. As far as biopics go, this was great!
reviewed Au Revoir Les Enfants. March 09, 2010
Au Revoir Les Enfants
The year is 1943, and Julien returns to boarding school where he meets a new, rather mysterious boy named Bonnet. Julien doesn't like the new boy at first, but gradually their mutual love of books and …
reviewed 13 Tzameti. December 14, 2009
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13 Tzameti
   13 TZAMETI is a French film written and directed by Gela Babluani, which won numerous awards in the Sundance and Venice film festivals. “Tzameti” is the Georgian word that means …
reviewed Love on the Run. October 27, 2009
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Antoine (Jean-Pierre Leaud) and Christine (Claude Jade) have divorced,  The couple has been separated for a few years.  Several attempts were made to save their marriage but none of them were …
reviewed Bed and Board. October 26, 2009
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Christine (Claude Jade) and Antoine (Jean-Pierre Leaud) are married and living in a small apartment.   Antoine has found another job as a florist who dyes his flowers and Christine teaches children …
reviewed Coco Before Chanel (2009 movie). October 20, 2009
Coco Before Chanel (2009)
Watch this movie for the beautiful scenes of French countryside, and for the drama of Coco Chanel's early life, but do not be misled by the preview, which gives you the most romantic scene in the movie …
reviewed Un flic (Dirty Money). October 18, 2009
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Un Flic was Jean-Pierre Melville's last film.  The movie starred Alain Delon as Edouard Coleman, a relentless cop who wants to stop a gang of bank robbers lead by the smooth and suave Simon …
reviewed Stolen Kisses. October 13, 2009
Stolen Kisses
Antoine Doniel (Jean-Pierre Leaud), the protagonist from The 400 Blows and the short film Antoine and Colette is back.  After being dishonorably discharged from the military, Antoine is back home …
reviewed The 400 Blows. October 12, 2009
The 400 Blows
The 400 Blows flows the dysfunctional life of young Antoine Doniel (Jean-Pierre Leaud) who suffers from humiliation at school from his overbearing and cruel school teacher and his distant relationship …
reviewed The Passion of Joan of Arc (Criterion.... October 12, 2009
The Passion of Joan of Arc (Criterion Collection
Off and on for YEARS, I would hear about the film THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC. While I am an avid movie fan and enjoy ALL kinds of films, I don't truly consider myself a film "scholar" and I always put …
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