Colette Arrand

Colette Arrand

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Favorite films

  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Cave of Forgotten Dreams
  • Desperate Living
  • Total Recall

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  • Black Narcissus

    ★★★

  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    ★★★★★

  • Venom: Let There Be Carnage

    ★★

  • Escape from New York

    ★★★★★

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  • Black Narcissus

    Black Narcissus

    ★★★

    Brownface makes me feel such a profound sense of shame, but I’m glad release audiences stopped and cried because the roses were pretty, life was pretty boring back then. They had to find a real person to say their dumb baseball ideas at, after all.

  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    ★★★★★

    The gnawing horror of knowing I’ve been almost every bad patron in this movie nearly spoiled it, but luckily Goodbye, Dragon Inn is stronger than shame. What a gorgeous movie, what a grandiose movie, what a pair of adjectives to append to a movie about a crumbling theater full of bored people there for anything but the movie itself. I really love it when the mundane, everyday routines of life are made cinematic, and brother that’s what this is.

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  • Dragon Inn

    Dragon Inn

    ★★★★★

    Within 30 minutes there was a zoom so pretty it made me cry—past a reclining man, out over the rocks, the landscape somehow at once barren and sumptuous. What I’m most taken by here is basic blocking. There’s a lot of motion to the action sequences here, but that motion, and the tension of the stand-offs that precede them, are such that you never lose the action in a cut, are never surprised by a new body emerging from a pan, and can practically plot out a sword’s path as it glides through the air before slicing someone’s abdomen. It’s beautiful filmmaking—a sheer joy to watch.

  • Lingua Franca

    Lingua Franca

    ★★★★

    There’s a lot to like here. From a technical standpoint, I was impressed with the long, static shots employed during moments of tension and silence. I also found myself missing New York, though it’s just a city I visit when I’m doing poetry readings or visiting friends. The film does an extremely good job with atmosphere—the ICE raids and news reports and Trump speeches feel like a hand gripping a throat, to say nothing of how events have progressed since…