Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Dark Waters, Summer Stock, & High Anxiety

I see a lot of films at festivals - always with a press pass. I screen movies before they're opened so I can review them. But I also see pictures like everyone else; buying a ticket or streaming at home. If I see the film that way, and have never written about before, it goes … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Dark Waters, Summer Stock, & High Anxiety

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Au Hasard Balthazar, Jojo Rabbit, Bob Le Flambeur, The Blue Kite, Ford v Ferrari

Here are five films I've scene since my last Recently Seen article. Not a bad one in the group. (Which isn't to say that they're all masterpieces.) A Au Hasard Balthazar (1966), Criterion Channel Robert Bresson tells us plenty about human nature in this story of the life and death of a donkey. And no, it's … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Au Hasard Balthazar, Jojo Rabbit, Bob Le Flambeur, The Blue Kite, Ford v Ferrari

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: The Pirate, The King, Harriet, & The Curse of the Cat People

Since my last Recently Seen piece, I've revisited two films I hadn't seen in ages, along two new ones. (Of course, I've seen other movies over that time, but I either wrote about them elsewhere or didn't feel the need to write about them at all.) A- The Pirate (1948), Criterion Channel Cole Porter's songs … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: The Pirate, The King, Harriet, & The Curse of the Cat People

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Parasite, The Exterminating Angel, & My Dinner with Andre

After covering film festivals and reviewing Blu-rays of classics, I'm finally getting time to see a new film in theaters and to revisit two classics I hadn't seen in years. A Parasite (2019), California (Berkeley) This hilariously cruel comedy thriller about the haves and the have nots is one of the best films I've seen … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Parasite, The Exterminating Angel, & My Dinner with Andre

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: One Sings, the Other Doesn’t; Downton Abbey; & Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

In the last few weeks, I've had few chances to see movies that aren't playing at the Mill Valley Film Festival. But I got to see these: A- One Sings, the Other Doesn't (1977), Criterion Channel Agnès Varda's small epic sometimes feels like the best of the hippy era - as opposed to her Vagabond, which … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: One Sings, the Other Doesn’t; Downton Abbey; & Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Let the Sunshine In, The Chaperone, & The Miracle Woman

I didn't see any of these movies at a film festival. They weren't sent to me for review. Unfortunately, I didn't see any of them in theaters. But here's what I think about them. A- Let the Sunshine In (2017) Netflix Blu-ray This Claire Denis film opens with a fairly explicit, but not very erotic … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Let the Sunshine In, The Chaperone, & The Miracle Woman

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Toni Morrison, Bye Bye Birdie, & Petulia

Two more movies I've seen for the first time, and another I hadn't seen since I was, I think, eight. A- Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019), Shattuck I've never read a book by Toni Morrison. But then, I rarely read fiction. Nevertheless, I was mostly entranced with her story, as told mostly by the Nobel … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Toni Morrison, Bye Bye Birdie, & Petulia