June 29, 2014

Swinton’s radiant debut in Derek Jarman’s CARAVAGGIO (UK, 1986)

June 29, 2014

From Derek Jarman’s CARAVAGGIO (UK, 1986)

June 29, 2014
From Antonioni’s STORY OF A LOVE AFFAIR (Italy, 1950)

From Antonioni’s STORY OF A LOVE AFFAIR (Italy, 1950)

June 28, 2014

From Antonioni’s STORY OF A LOVE AFFAIR (Italy, 1950)

April 26, 2014
죽을래?, from Jae-young Kwak’s MY SASSY GIRL (South Korea, 2001)

죽을래?, from Jae-young Kwak’s MY SASSY GIRL (South Korea, 2001)

March 16, 2014
The Ineluctability of Myth

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From M.I. Finley’s The World of Odysseus:

"A human society without myth has never been known, and indeed it is doubtful whether such a society is at all possible. One measure of man’s advance from his most primitive beginnings into something we call civilization is the way in which he controls his myths, his ability to distinguish between the areas of behavior, the extent to which he can bring more and more of his activity under the rule of reason. In that advance the Greeks have been pre-eminent. Perhaps their greatest achievement lay in their discovery—more precisely, in Socrate’s discovery—that man is ‘that being who, when asked a rational question, can give a rational answer’.* Homer was so far from Socrates that he could not even conceptualize man as an integrated psychic whole. Nevertheless, Homer occupies the first stage in the history of Greek control over its myths; his poems are often pre-Greek, as it were, in their treatment of myth, but they also have flashes of something else, of a genius for ordering the world, for bringing man and nature, men and the gods, into harmony in a way that succeeding centuries were to expand and elevate to the glory of Hellenism. 

If it is true that European history began with the Greeks, it is equally true that Greek history began with the world of Odysseus. And, like all human beginnings, it had a long history behind it. For history, as Jacob Burckhardt remarked, is the one field of study in which one cannot begin at the beginning.”

*[Finley’s note: Cassirer, Essay on Man, p. 6 (the phrasing is his, not Socrates’).]

February 16, 2014
From "I Know What Alan Did Last Summer" (S2E5)
Alan: That was the best full English breakfast I’ve had since Gary Wilmot’s wedding.
Sonya: It was ruddy superb?
Alan: Oh, yeah. I’d have that three times a day if I could, but I’d be dead.
Sonya: It’d kill you?
Alan: Yeah, it’s cholesterol. Scottish people eat it. Few of them make 60.
February 16, 2014
From Joung Yumi’s LOVE GAMES (South Korea, 2012)

From Joung Yumi’s LOVE GAMES (South Korea, 2012)

January 2, 2014
Every film I watched in 2013

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Below is a list of every film I watched in 2013. All told, there are 214 features and 67 short films. (Shorts are indicated by this symbol: ) Of the 213 features, 203 were films I was seeing for the first time. I’ve given one asterisk (*) to something I enjoyed, would give a soft recommendation, or otherwise found something interesting or worthwhile in. I’ve given two asterisks (**) to films I thought were particularly could, and would not hesitate to recommend. More explanation and most likely more lists will come out of this soon; but for now, here’s the raw data:


1.Charlie Chaplin’s THE IDLE CLASS (US, 1921)‡
2. Joseph H. Lewis’s THE BIG COMBO (US, 1955)*
3. Dominik Moll’s LEMMING (France, 2005) 
4. Daniel Raim’s THE MAN ON LINCOLN’S NOSE (US, 2000) ‡ **
5. Sergei Eisenstein’s STRIKE (USSR, 1925)
6. Miguel Gomes’s A CHRISTMAS INVENTORY (Portugal, 2000)‡
7. Quentin Tarantino’s DJANGO UNCHAINED (US, 2012)*
8. Maren Ade’s EVERYONE ELSE (Germany, 2009)**
9. François Ozon’s TIME TO LEAVE (France, 2005)*
10. Manoel de Oliveira’s ECCENTRICITIES OF A BLONDE-HAIRED GIRL (Portugal, Spain, France 2009)
11. Claire Denis’s 35 SHOTS OF RUM (France, Germany, 2008)**
12. Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s HOWL (US, 2010)
13. Raúl Ruiz’s THREE LIVES AND ONLY ONE DEATH (France, Portugal, 1996)*
14. Pere Portabella’s THE SILENCE BEFORE BACH (Spain, 2007) *
15. Seijun Suzuki’s YUMEJI (Japan, 1991)
16. Agnès Varda’s THE BEACHES OF AGNÈS (France, 2008) **
17. Buster Keaton and Clyde Bruckman’s THE GENERAL (US, 1926)**
18. Buster Keaton and Malcolm St. Clair’s THE GOAT (US, 1921)‡ *
19. Buster Keaton and Edward F. Cline’s MY WIFE’S RELATIONS (US, 1922)‡ *
20. Stanley Donen’s CHARADE (US, 1963)**
21. Bruce Baillie’s CASTRO STREET (US, 1966)‡*
22. Charlie Chaplin’s THE KID (US, 1921)‡*
23. Edgar G. Ulmer’s DETOUR (US, 1945)
24. Xavier Beauvois’s THE YOUNG LIEUTENANT (France, 2005)
25. Wong Kar-wai’s HAPPY TOGETHER (Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, 1997) **
26. Jia Zhangke’s 24 CITY (China, Hong Kong, Japan, 2008)**
27. Peter Tscherkassky’s OUTER SPACE  (Austria, 2000)‡**
28. Şerif Gören and Yilmaz Güney’s THE ROAD (Turkey, Switzerland, France 1982)*
29. Agnès Varda’s LIONS LOVE (US, France, 1969)
30. Andrei Tarkovsky’s THE SACRIFICE (Sweden, UK, France, 1986)**
31. Wong Kar-wai’s FALLEN ANGELS (Hong Kong, 1995)**
32. Reha Erdem’s MY ONLY SUNSHINE (Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, 2008)**
33. Kathryn Bigelow’s ZERO DARK THIRTY (US, 2012)*
34. Abbas Kiarostami’s SHIRIN (Iran, 2008)*
35. Ernest Pintoff’s THE CRITIC (US, 1963) ‡
36. Leos Carax’s HOLY MOTORS (France, Germany, 2012)**
37. Michael Haneke’s AMOUR (France, Germany, Austria, 2012) **
38. Andrei Tarkovsky’s THE MIRROR (Soviet Union, 1975) *
39. Elem Klimov’s COME AND SEE (Soviet Union, 1985)*
40. Yilmaz Güney and Şerif Gören’s HOPE (Turkey, 1970)*
41. Sergei Parajanov’s SHADOWS OF FORGOTTEN ANCESTORS (Soviet Union, 1964)
42. Agnès Varda’s UNCLE YANCO (US, 1967)‡*
43. Rupert Julian’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (US, 1925)
44. John Kahrs PAPERMAN (2012) (US, 2012)‡*
45. Matthias Glasner’s THE FREE WILL (Germany, 2006) *
46. Florent Tillon’s DETROIT WILD CITY (France, 2011) **
47. David Silverman’s MAGGIE SIMPSON IN “THE LONGEST DAYCARE” (US, 2012) ‡
48. Minkyu Lee’s ADAM AND DOG (US, 2012) ‡**
49. Adam Pesapane’s FRESH GUACAMOLE (US, 2012) ‡*
50. Timothy Reckhart’s HEAD OVER HEELS (UK, 2012) ‡
51. Richard Mans’s ABIOGENESIS (New Zealand, 2011) ‡
52. Léo Verrier’s DRIPPED (France, 2011) ‡*
53. Uwe Heidschötter and Johannes Weiland’s THE GRUFFALO’S CHILD (UK, Germany, 2011) ‡*
54. Tom Van Avermaet’s DEATH OF A SHADOW (Belgium, France, 2012) ‡*
55. Yan England’s HENRY (Canada, 2012) ‡*
56. Shawn Christensen’s CURFEW (US, 2012) ‡**
57. Sam French’s BUZKASHI BOYS (Afghanistan, US, 2012) ‡*
58. Brian Buckley’s ASAD (South Africa, US, 2012) ‡**
59. Sari Gilman’s KINGS POINT (US, 2012) ‡**
60. Cynthia Wade’s MONDAYS AT RACINE (US, 2012) ‡*
61. Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine’s INOCENTE (US, 2012) ‡*
62. Josef von Sternberg’s THE BLUE ANGEL (Germany, 1930)*
63. Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill’s REDEMPTION (US, 2012) ‡*
64. Kief Davidson’s OPEN HEART (US, 2012) ‡
65. Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s TROPICAL MALADY (Thailand, France, Germany, Italy, 2004)**
66. Ang Lee’s LIFE OF PI (US, 2012)*
67. Michael Schultz’s CAR WASH (US, 1976)
68. Jeff Margolis’s RICHARD PRYOR: LIVE IN CONCERT (US, 1979)**
69. Arthur Bradford’s 6 DAYS TO AIR: THE MAKING OF SOUTH PARK (US, 2011) ‡*
70. Stanley Kwan’s LAN YU (Hong Kong, China, 2001)
71. Georges Méliès’s EXCELSIOR! PRINCE OF MAGICIANS (France, 1901) ‡*
72. Agnès Varda’s LES FIANCÉS DU PONT MAC DONALD OU (MÉFIEZ-VOUS DES LUNETTES NOIRES) (France, 1961) ‡*
73. Eric Jameux’s FAUX CONTACT (France, 2000) ‡**
74. Jan Švankmajer’s VIRILE GAMES (Czechoslovakia,1988) ‡**
75. Jan Švankmajer’s DARKNESS LIGHT DARKNESS (Czechoslovakia,1989) ‡**
76. Sidney Poitier’s STIR CRAZY (US, 1980) **
77. Arthur Hiller’s SILVER STREAK (US, 1976)*
78. Wallace Worsley’s THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (US,1923)
79. David O. Russell’s SILVER LINING PLAYBOOK (US, 2012) *
80. David Wain’s WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER (US, 2001) **
81. Nicolás Pereda’s INTERVIEW WITH THE EARTH (Mexico, 2008) ‡**
82. Kim Ki-duk’s TIME (South Korea, 2006)
83. Sally Potter’s PLAY (UK, 1970)*
84. Derek Jarman and Paul Humfress’s SEBASTIANE (UK, 1976)*
85. Haim Tabakman’s EYES WIDE OPEN (Israel, 2009)
86. Nicolas Engel’s DNIPRO CROCODILE (France, 2010) ‡*
87. Xavier Beauvois’s DON’T FORGET YOU’RE GOING TO DIE (France, 1995) *
88. Jean Renoir’s THE RULES OF THE GAME (France, 1939) **
89. Gilles Bourdos’s RENOIR (France, 2012) *
90. Ken Russell’s THE FALL OF THE LOUSE OF USHER (UK, 2002)
91. Jean Renoir’s THE SOUTHERNER (US, 1945) **
92. Denis Côté’s OUR PRIVATE LIVES (Canada, 2007) *
93. Jean-Jacques Beineix’s BETTY BLUE (France, 1986) **
94. Michelangelo Antonioni’s IL GRIDO (Italy, 1957)
95. Ben Safdie’s THE ACQUAINTANCES OF A LONELY JOHN (US, 2008) ‡*
96. Per Fly’s THE INHERITANCE (Denmark, 2003) *
97. Agnès Varda’s DAGUERRÉOTYPES (France, 1976) *
98. Nick Broomfield’s PROUD TO BE BRITISH (UK, 1973) ‡**
99. Roman Polanski’s THE TENANT (France, 1976) **
100. Denis Côté’s DRIFTING STATES (Canada, 2005)*
101. Michel Gondry’s THE WE AND THE I (US, 2012)
102. Stanley Kubrick’s THE KILLING (US, 1956)**
103. Jeff Stilson’s GOOD HAIR (US, 2009)
104. Bob Byington’s SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME (US, 2013)**
105. Harmony Korine’s SPRING BREAKERS (US, 2013)
106. Hayao Miyazaki’s CASTLE IN THE SKY (Japan, 1986)**
107. Rodney Ascher’s ROOM 237 (US, 2012)
108. Hayao Miyazaki’s MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (Japan, 1988)**
109. Hayao Miyazaki’s NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND (Japan, 1984)**
110.  Hayao Miyazaki’s PRINCESS MONONOKE (Japan, 1997)**
111. Christoph Schlingensief’s IDIOTS’ BATTLE (West Germany, 1986)
112.  Hayao Miyazaki’s PORCO ROSSO (Japan, 1992)*
113. Hayao Miyazaki’s KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE (Japan, 1989)*
114. Hayao Miyazaki’s HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE (Japan, 2005)**
115. Hayao Miyazaki’s SPIRITED AWAY (Japan, 2001)**
116. Michael Glawogger’s WHORES’ GLORY (Austria, 2011)*
117. Rick Alverson’s THE COMEDY (US, 2012)**
118. Kristy Guevara-Flanagan’s WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES (US, 2012) ‡
119. Carlos Casas and Fernando Zuber’s SOLITUDE AT THE END OF THE WORLD (Argentina, 2006) ‡*
120. Baltasar Kormákur’s 101 REYKJAVÍK (Iceland, 2000)*
121. Kazik Radwanski’s OUT IN THAT DEEP BLUE SEA (Canada, 2009) ‡**
122. John Warren’s POPPY FIELDS FOREVER (US, 2011) ‡*
123. Takahiro Suzuki’s 9214 (US, 2011) ‡*
124. Kazik Radwanski’s ASSAULT (Canada, 2007) ‡
125. Kazik Radwanski’s PRINCESS MARGARET BLVD. (Canada, 2008) ‡**
126. Goro Miyazaki’s FROM UP ON POPPY HILL (Japan, 2011)*
127. Joseph Kosinski’s OBLIVION (US, 2013)*
128. Arnaud Desplechin’s MY SEX LIFE… OR HOW I GOT INTO AN ARGUMENT (France, 1996)**
129. Michael Cera’s BRAZZAVILLE TEEN-AGER (US, 2013) ‡*
130. Phillips Smalley and Lois Weber’s SUSPENSE (US,1913) ‡*
131. Larry Jordan’s THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER (US, 1977)
132. Steven Spielberg’s JURASSIC PARK (US, 1993)**
133. Philippe Garrel’s THE BIRTH OF LOVE (France, 1993)
134. Shane Black’s IRON MAN 3 (US, 2013)
135. Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski, and Tom Tykwer’s CLOUD ATLAS (US, 2012)
136. David Lynch’s WILD AT HEART (US, 1990) *
137. Jean Eustache’s THE MOTHER AND THE WHORE (France, 1973) **
138. Noah Baumbach’s THE SQUID AND THE WHALE (US, 2005) **
139. Noah Baumbach’s FRANCES HA (US, 2012) **
140. Baz Luhrmann’s THE GREAT GATSBY (US, 2013)
141. Jeff Nichols’s MUD (US, 2012) **
142. J. J. Abram’s STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS (US, 2013) *
143. Joss Whedon’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (US, 2013)**
144. Andrei Tarkovsky’s NOSTALGHIA (Russia, 1983)*
145. Sergei Loznitsa’s MY JOY (Russia, 2010)**
146. Sergei Loznitsa’s IN THE FOG (Russia, 2012)**
147. Sergei Loznitsa’s LETTER (Russia, 2013) ‡*
148. Avdotia Smirnova’s KOKOKO (Russia, 2012)**
149. Victor Ginzburg’s GENERATION P (Russia, 2011)
150. Noah Baumbach’s FRANCES HA (US, 2012)**
151. David Lowry’s AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS (US, 2013)*
152. Chad Hartigan’s THIS IS MARTIN BONNER (US, 2013)**
153. Dustin Guy Defa’s LYDIA HOFFMAN, LYDIA HOFFMAN (US, 2013) ‡*
154. Brett Wagner’s CARE (US, 2012) ‡*
155. Ted Fendt’s BROKEN SPECS (US, 2012) ‡**
156. Amy Seimetz’s WHEN WE LIVED IN MIAMI (US, 2012) ‡
157. Jason Giampietro’s THE SUN THIEF (US, 2012) ‡*
158. Matthew Porterfield’s I USED TO BE DARKER (US, 2013)**
159. Eliza Hittman’s IT FELT LIKE LOVE (US, 2013)*
160. Martha Shane and Lana Wilson’s AFTER TILLER (US, 2013)**
161. Andrew Dosunmu’s MOTHER OF GEORGE (US, 2013)
162. Jeff Reichert and Ferihah Zaman’s REMOTE AREA MEDICAL (US, 2013)*
163. Andrew Bujalski’s COMPUTER CHESS (US, 2013)*
164. Zach Clark’s WHITE REINDEER (US, 2013)*
165. Marc Forster’s WORLD WAR Z (US, 2013)
166. Zack Snyder’s MAN OF STEEL (US, 2013)
167. Watching Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s C.O.G. (US, 2013)*
168. Omar Mullick and Bassam Tariq’s THESE BIRDS WALK (US, 2013)**
169. Nick Bentgen’s NORTHERN LIGHT (US, 2013)*
170. Jason Willis’s CATNIP: EGRESS TO OBLIVION (US, 2012) ‡**
171. Rachel Mayer’s PRIMATE CINEMA: APES AS FAMILY (US, 2012) ‡
172. Lori Felker’s BROKEN NEWS 1: DISASTER (US, 2012) ‡
173. Joe Callander’s TINA DELIVERS A GOAT (US, 2012) ‡
174. Dustin Guy Defa’s DECLARATION OF WAR (US, 2012) ‡*
175. Kevin Jerome Everson’s CENTURY (US, 2012) ‡
176. Jon Hurst’s WHEN THE ZOMBIES COME (US, 2012) ‡**
177. Michael Almereyda’s SKINNINGROVE (US, 2012) ‡**
178. Sergio Oksman’s A STORY FOR THE MODLINS (Spain, 2012) ‡**
179. Destin Crettin’s SHORT TERM 12 (US, 2013)**
180. Alfred Hitchcock’s BLACKMAIL (England, 1929)*
181. Alfred Hitchcock’s THE LODGER (England, 1927)*
182. Kim Ki-duk’s BAD GUY (South Korea, 2001)
183. Alfred Hitchcock’s THE FARMER’S WIFE (England, 1928)*
184. Alfred Hitchcock’s EASY VIRTUE (England, 1928)
185. Terry Gilliam’s BRAZIL (UK, 1985)**
186. Saul Bass’s PHASE IV (US, 1974)*
187. Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (UK, US 1968)**
188. Tsai Yang-ming’s WOMAN REVENGER (Taiwan, 1982)*
189. Henri Wong, Chong Siu-wing, and Law Yiu-fai’s HARDCORE COMEDY (Hong Kong, 2013)
190. Ridley Scott’s BOY AND BICYCLE (UK, 1965)
191. René Castillo and Antonio Urrutia’s NO SUPPORT (Mexico, 1998) ‡*
192. Szabolcs Hajdu’s BIBLIOTHÈQUE PASCAL (Hungary, 2010)**
193. Aleksei Balabanov’s THE RIVER (Russia, 2002)‡*
194. Aleksei Balabanov’s BROTHER (Russia, 1997)**
195. David Lean’s LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (UK, 1962)**
196. Nicholas Winding Refn’s ONLY GOD FORGIVES (US, 2013)
197. Jem Cohen’s MUSEUM HOURS (US, Austria 2013)**
198. Michael Cera’s FAILURE (US, 2013) ‡
199. Sebastián Silva’s CRYSTAL FAIRY (Chile, 2013)*
200. Jeff Garlin’s DEALIN’ WITH IDIOTS (US, 2013)*
201. Ryan Coogler’s FRUITVALE STATION (US, 2013)*
202. John Cassavetes’s MINNIE AND MOSKOWITZ (US, 1971)*
203. Thomas Vinterberg’s THE HUNT (Denmark, 2012)**
204. John Cassavetes’s HUSBANDS (US, 1970)**
205. John Cassavetes’s THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE (US, 1976)**
206. Nat Faxon and Jim Rash’s THE WAY WAY BACK (US, 2013)*
207. Roman Polanski’s ROSEMARY’S BABY (US, 1968)*
208. Richard Linklater’s BEFORE MIDNIGHT (US, 2013)**
209. Francis Ford Coppola’s THE GODFATHER (1972)**
210. Francis Ford Coppola’s THE GODFATHER: PART II (US, 1974)**
211. Woody Allen’s BLUE JASMINE (US, 2013)*
212. David Gordon Green’s PRINCE AVALANCHE (US, 2013)**
213. Chris Butler and Sam Fell’s PARANORMAN (US, 2012)*
214. Werner Herzog’s FROM ONE SECOND TO THE NEXT (US, 2013) ‡*
215. Lee Yong-Joo’s ARCHITECTURE 101 (South Korea, 2012)
216. Thomas Vinterberg’s IT’S ALL ABOUT LOVE (US, 2003)
217. James Ponsoldt’s THE SPECTACULAR NOW (US, 2013)**
218. Tim Burton’s PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE (US, 1985)*
219. Edgar Wright’s THE WORLD’S END (US, 2013)*
220. Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s BLACKFISH (US, 2013)
221. Godard, Ivens, Klein, Lelouch, Marker, Resnais, and Varda’s FAR FROM VIETNAM (France, 1967)*
222. Wilson Yip’s IP MAN (Hong Kong, 2008)*
223. Wong Kar-Wai’s THE GRANDMASTER (China, 2013)*
224. Robert Clouse’s ENTER THE DRAGON (US, 1973)*
225. Bruce Lee’s THE WAY OF THE DRAGON (US, 1972)
226. Penny Lane’s OUR NIXON (US, 2013)**
227. Lucy Mulloy’s UNA NOCHE (Cuba, 2013)* 
228. Lake Bell’s IN A WORLD… (US, 2013)**
229. Alicia Scherson’s IL FUTURO (Chile, 2013)
230. Scott Dittrich’s FREEWHEELIN’ (US, 1976)
231. David Winters’s THRASHIN’ (US, 1986)*
232. Brian de Palma’s PASSION (France - Germany, 2013)
233. Robert Clouse’s GYMKATA (US, 1985)
234. Paul Thomas Anderson’s BOOGIE NIGHTS (USA, 1997)**
235. Arnaud Desplechin’s JIMMY P: PSYCHOTHERAPY OF A PLAINS INDIAN (France, 2013)*
236. Chad Freidrichs’s THE PRUITT-IGOE MYTH (US, 2011)*
237. Alfonso Cuarón’s GRAVITY (US, 2013)**
238. Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson’s AMERICAN PROMISE (US, 2013)*
239. John Cassavetes’s OPENING NIGHT (US, 1977)**
240. Nicole Holofcener’s ENOUGH SAID (US, 2013)**
241. Hanly Banks’s APOCALYPSE: A BILL CALLAHAN TOUR FILM (US, 2013)*
242. Claire Denis’s TROUBLE EVERY DAY (France, 2001)
243.Bob Rafelson’s FIVE EASY PIECES (US, 1970)**
244. Dennis Hopper’s EASY RIDER (US, 1969)
245. Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen’s THIS IS THE END (US, 2013)
246. Steve McQueen’s 12 YEARS A SLAVE (UK, 2013)**
247. Claire Denis’s BASTARDS (France, 2013)*
248. Abdellatif Kechiche’s BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR (France, 2013)**
249. Hal Ashby’s COMING HOME (US, 1978)*
250. Richard Curtis’s ABOUT TIME (UK, 2013)*
251. Michelangelo Frammartino’s LE QUATTRO VOLTE (Italy, 2010)**
252. Mario Bava’s BLACK SUNDAY (Italy, 1960)
253. Aaron Rose and Joshua Leonard’s BEAUTIFUL LOSERS (US, 2008)*
254. Robert Wiene’s THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (Germany, 1920)
255. Michel Gondry’s IS THE MAN WHO IS TALL HAPPY? (US, 2013)
256. Agnès Varda’s THE VANISHING LION (France, 2003) ‡
257. Sophie Fiennes’s THE PERVERT’S GUIDE TO IDEOLOGY (UK, 2013)*
258. John Huston’s BEAT THE DEVIL (UK, 1953)*
259. Sini Anderson’s THE PUNK SINGER (US, 2013)*
260. Aleksei Balabanov’s THE CASTLE (Russia, 1994)**
261. Aleksei Balabanov’s HAPPY DAYS (Russia, 1991)*
262. Aleksei Balabanov’s OF FREAKS AND MEN (Russia, 1998)**
263. Alexander Payne’s NEBRASKA (US, 2013)*
264. Aleksei Balabanov’s BROTHER 2 (RUSSIA, 2000)*
265. Aleksei Balabanov’s THE STOKER (Russia, 2010)**
266. Aleksei Balabanov’s ME TOO (Russia, 2012)**
267. Spike Jonze’s HER (US, 2013)**
268. Aleksei Balabanov’s WAR (Russia, 2002)*
269. Aleksei Balabanov’s IT DOESN’T HURT ME (Russia, 2006)*
270. Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook’s MULAN (US, 1998)*
271. Joel Coen and Ethan Coen’s INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (US, 2013)**
272. Johnnie To’s SPARROW (China, 2008)*
273. Johnnie To and Ka-Fai Wai’s RUNNING ON KARMA (China, 2003)*
274. Katie Dellamaggiore’s BROOKLYN CASTLE (US, 2012)*
275. Errol Morris’s THE THIN BLUE LINE (US, 1988)**
276. Nina Paley’s SITA SINGS THE BLUES (US, 2008)*
277. Peter Jackson’s THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG (US, 2013)
278. Michael Powell’s THE EDGE OF THE WORLD (UK, 1937)*
279. Martin Scorsese’s THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (US, 2013)**
280. Jon Shenk’s THE ISLAND PRESIDENT (US, 2011)
281. Spike Lee’s DO THE RIGHT THING (US, 1989)**

January 1, 2014

Spike Lee’s DO THE RIGHT THING (US, 1989)

December 24, 2013
From Nina Paley’s SITA SINGS THE BLUES

From Nina Paley’s SITA SINGS THE BLUES

December 24, 2013

From Michael Powell’s THE EDGE OF THE WORLD (UK, 1937)

December 3, 2013
"This inspired concoction at a blow removed much of the lace and stuffing from American belle lettres and even commanded the respect of the British, who have yielded their language rather more grudgingly than their empire."

— A note on E.B. White’s style, from Wilfrid Sheed’s phenomenal 1976 review of the author’s collected letters.

December 2, 2013
From John Huston's "Beat the Devil"
Gwendolen Chelm: Those men are desperate characters.
Harry Chelm: What makes you say that?
Gwendolen Chelm: Not one of them looked at my legs.
December 2, 2013

From John Huston’s BEAT THE DEVIL (UK, 1953)