#9 in my Ranking of Bergman's Best Films. This Silence trilogy isn't easy movie watching, but it's very rewarding. Tomas, a minister in the Church of Sweden, is finishing a service at a small country church with only a handful of congregants. He speaks the words of the communion rite seriously, but dryly. We can… Continue reading Winter Light
There's a trope in storytelling that's largely a mainstay of fantasy narratives. In order to clear the world/town/school/whatever of a certain threat, our protagonists need to hit just one bad guy, and then everything's good. Yes, I'm thinking of last night's Game of Thrones episode. From the second that we saw a white walker die… Continue reading Everything’s Fine Now, Bye….
I liked this a lot more than I thought I would, which is to say that I didn't think it was terrible. The story of a bunch of well-meaning college activists who travel to the Peruvian Amazon to stop loggers from bulldozing a native tribal village and then get eaten by those villagers is that… Continue reading The Green Inferno
#10 in my Ranking of Bergman's Best Films. What do you do with a movie that is intentionally banal for its first half hour or so? Do you turn it off because you have better things to do with your time than to watch a family bicker about who’s going to get the fish nets… Continue reading Through a Glass Darkly
Working title. Second draft seems to be going well.
Here is such a clear and affecting portrait of human cruelty, in the same league as Sansho the Bailiff. Beautifully filmed in Provence with a series of great French actors, Jean de Florette is a wonderfully engaging portrait of an earnest man being beaten down to literal death by the uncaring qualities of nature and… Continue reading Jean de Florette
I have a weird relationship with silent comedy, because I largely do not like the origins. Not the earliest forms of silent comedy, but Vaudeville. Short, physically focused, comedic bits untied to any sort of narrative are, at best, pleasant distractions to me, and most of them tend to fall flat. However, once you get… Continue reading Silent Comedies