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Favorite films

  • The Bartered Bride
  • Epiphany Sunday
  • Kafr Kassem
  • The Lieutenant Wore Skirts

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  • Rice Bowl

  • Yolanda and the Thief

    ★★★

  • The Plough

    ★★½

  • An Autumn Afternoon

    ★★★★½

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  • Yolanda and the Thief

    Yolanda and the Thief

    ★★★

    An early Minnelli starring Astaire, early enough than dreams are still something that happens while you sleep and not part of reality itself. At its most artificial, it starts to resemble Ruiz.

  • An Autumn Afternoon

    An Autumn Afternoon

    ★★★★½

    I've never given much thought to how sound works in Ozu's films, which is generally validated by the fact that he was so late coming to it that it only seldom merits attention. The most I can recall noticing it before is in THE ONLY SON, and that was more for how he cuts around sound than anything else. But now I wonder if maybe I've just been too aloof to it before. Certainly here, it draws so much attention:…

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  • Hidden

    Hidden

    Panahi's films are increasingly only addressed to a very specific metropolitan audience, made now with a certain self-important authority never found in the work of his mentor (who he is nonetheless so eager to emulate). It is hard to regard this turn as anything other than unfortunate, given it is this very audience which is treated with great ambivalence in what remains his single great work, Offside. Since then, his work has taken on the significance of the self-conscious activist…

  • Blow Out

    Blow Out

    ★★★★½

    It's hard enough to express a single idea in a film, so when an artist is able to express all of the concerns of his heart - eroticism, political corruption, the law, obsessions of all stripes, war, Hitchcock - in a single statement, it demands our admiration. This is the easiest of all of De Palma's films to love. It's probably, after Carlito's Way, his best. Travolta is like Bogart's character in Casablanca, formerly a man of principles who chooses…