Movies I’ve Recently Seen: The Two Popes, Dodsworth, Lord of the Flies, & Shane

A bad cold (or maybe the flu) kept me out of movie theaters for the last couple of weeks. I spend a lot of time watching beloved films with their commentary tracks. But I did stream four films I'd never seen before, or hadn't seen in a very long time. A- The Two Popes (2019), … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: The Two Popes, Dodsworth, Lord of the Flies, & Shane

Movies I've Recently Seen: He Ran All the Way, Once Upon a Time in the West, & The Aeronauts

I'm actually finding time to see movies again. A He Ran All the Way (1951), Criterion Channel I never heard of this short, cheap crime thriller until Saturday evening, and it blew me away. A violent robbery goes wrong, and a guard is dead. The killer (John Garfield) finds himself in the apartment of a very … Continue reading Movies I've Recently Seen: He Ran All the Way, Once Upon a Time in the West, & The Aeronauts

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