Favorite films

  • High and Low
  • The Band Wagon
  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
  • Contempt

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  • A Year in Burgundy

    ★★★½

  • The Killing Floor

    ★★★★

  • Seven Beauties

    ★★★★

  • Wilmington 10 -- U.S.A. 10,000

    ★★★★

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  • A Year in Burgundy

    A Year in Burgundy

    ★★★½

    Watched this with friends while drinking burgundy

  • The Killing Floor

    The Killing Floor

    ★★★★

    I'm a sucker for didactic historical dramas about progressive politics, so I really liked this one. The script is primarily a story about characters with needs and desires, but it's also an astute analysis of how and why capitalist forces have always fought unions by playing upon ethnic and racial difference. This is a made-for-PBS movie and it looks like it, with a simple mise-en-scene, unmoving camera, and lots of dialogue delivered with what I call "facial-expression-acting." But the acting…

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  • Through the Olive Trees

    Through the Olive Trees

    ★★★★★

    I had that all-too rare experience of appreciating a film I loved even more because of the experiencing of teaching it. The first time I saw the movie (at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens (then called the American Museum of the Moving Image) back in 95 or 96) was one of the very few moments I left a theater feeling as if my mind had split open (my first screenings of L'AVVENTURA and of Apichatpong come to…

  • I Accuse

    I Accuse

    ★★★★

    I enjoy this movie.