James has written 19 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ .

  • Last Summer

    Last Summer

    ★★★★½

    At Home, 16mm

  • Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

    Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

    ★★★★½

    Quad, DCP

    Hands-down, one of the most significant repertory revelations of recent memory. Not quite like anything I've seen from this era, save perhaps for the hallucinatory final acts of BLACK NARCISSUS. Naturally, Jack Cardiff's mesmerizing cinematography on both plays a part. In a lot of ways this actually feels quite like a Powell and Pressburger production, albiet infused with a beguiling sort of atmosphere and magic. Adding to that ambiance is the narration of Harold Warrender as the archeologist,…

  • The Gambler

    The Gambler

    ★★★★½

    The antidote to Gems.

  • Blast of Silence

    Blast of Silence

    ★★★★½

    About 20 min in I got curious when the last time it played NY was - fucked around and realized it's at IFC (🐀) this weekend on 35mm. Kept watching tho b/c it was so obviously worth immediately seeing again.

  • Saint Jack

    Saint Jack

    ★★★★½

    Metrograph, DCP

  • Fox and His Friends

    Fox and His Friends

    ★★★★½

    Quad Cinema, 35mm

  • House of Tolerance

    House of Tolerance

    ★★★★½

    Metrograph, 35mm

    Extra half star for a perfect dismount.

    Although,
    HOUSE OF TOLERANCE Nights In White Satin scene
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    FREE RADICALS Nights In White Satin scene

    Anyway, of course this was booed at Cannes.

  • Querelle

    Querelle

    ★★★★½

    Metrograph, 35mm

  • Paranoid Park

    Paranoid Park

    ★★★★½

    Metrograph, 35mm

    I watched this 5 or 6 times during it's initial theatrical run - I was OBSESSED. This was my first time coming back to it since then, and I'm ecstatic to find that it holds the same mythical status for me.

    Many films claim to capture the essence of youth, but few succeed. Even dicier are the ones that attempt to encapsulate the tectonically shifting landscape of trends in youth culture. The degree to which PARANOID PARK succeeds…

  • The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting

    The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting

    ★★★★½

    Though the paintings discussed are fictional, this is second only to Berger’s WAYS OF SEEING as a filmic exercise for affecting the way a viewer sees and interprets works of static art.

    So dense with ideas that surely it’d collapse under its own weight if it were more than an hour long, it’s only fault is that it’s hard to keep up with the theories herein while the eye is distracted by some of the most achingly beautiful black and white imagery ever committed to film. A masterpiece.

  • The Servant

    The Servant

    ★★★★½

    Metrograph, DCP

    The origin of my enthusiasm for oversized brandy snifters.

  • Harry and Tonto

    Harry and Tonto

    ★★★★½

    Why tf did Norman and Ginger ride all the way to Arizona from Chicago when their destination was Boulder, CO?

    Anyways, as far as old man road movies go, H&T's got a charm to it that had me thinking of all the reasons why comparatively, Nebraska is such a joyless bore.