Alan Jeffrey

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Always willing to help out those on the neverending hunt for that elusive film.

Favorite films

  • The Blue Note
  • The Bed Sitting Room
  • The River Fuefuki
  • The Nanny

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  • The Blue Planet

    ★★★★

  • Wife

    ★★★★½

  • Kandagawa Wars

    ★★★

  • Next Stop, Greenwich Village

    ★★★★

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  • Strangers When We Meet

    Strangers When We Meet

    ★★★★½

    Uncanny before it even begins: the contemporary Columbia logo comes up against a cloudless void of blue and so does a glimmer of music, some odd 13, 14 seconds of aural swell, stumbling in and out of unresolved being, leaving no impression against the towering silence. Quine tilts down on this, descending into a distant wide of Suburbia, some nondescript street in the nondescript city of Los Angeles. He holds on the silence, outside the narrative that—keeping in theme—hasn’t begun,…

  • The Blue Note

    The Blue Note

    ★★★★★

    Z (out)does(?) Russell, yes, a highest order gift at that of centuries of (living with and in the aftermath of) art coming to singularity, be it personally articulated or by the rabid gravity of this much aesthetic significance facing this degree of radical sentencing, but the mania plays itself out like alternate universe lucid Ruiz too, a rare measured and mannered wave of inspired form no less overwhelming for its shape and shadow on the earth being suddenly distinguishable. This…

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  • The Straight Story

    The Straight Story

    ★★★★★

    Like a warm, elegant, and all too painfully honest and revealing denouement to and look back at all the learned and unlearned lessons of life, at all the people long gone who still had love to give or at least could have used a little more, at all the simple joy, and sorrow, and laughter, and heartache, and lost and found love before arriving at a tender, perfectly understated, perfectly articulated, perfectly human moment, just as quiet as every last…

  • Mommy

    Mommy

    ★★★★½

    Like the fascinatingly and evocatively portrayed main character, "Mommy" abounds in unrelenting energy and joy despite so much underlying sadness and discord. Here is a film, like the titular mother of the film, that refuses to allow itself anything less than unceasing hope and Dolan stunningly captures the bitter difficulty and sweet reward of that effort and process.