Recent Viewing: the New Wave

While waiting for a review copy of Jean-Luc Godard’s Weekend to arrive recently, I dipped into the French New Wave to watch a few films I’d previously missed – Claude Chabrol’s first two features, Le Beau Serge and Les Cousins, and Agnes Varda’s Le Bonheur. Although Varda started her career before any of the Cahiers […]

The Director as Sociopath …

Quentin Tarantino has formidable filmmaking skills, rooted in his deep knowledge of movies famously acquired during his years as a video store clerk. His ability to create images, to build fluid visual progressions and elaborate displays of action, is complemented by a savant’s dazzling knack for exhilaratingly wordy dialogue rich in non-narrative tangents and the […]

Blasts from the past

Brief comments, part two

Dorothy Arzner’s Merrily We Go to Hell (1932):
Criterion Blu-ray review

The future crimes of David Cronenberg

Tired ageing badmen: Criterion Blu-ray review

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