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Late Autumn (1960) - Yasujiro Ozu
Meddlesome matchmaking in mid-century Japan. Astute observations from Ozu in this charming comedy. Delicate and unassuming. 
There’s more than a little French influence here. The colour scheme is something Jean Pierre Melville would use himself and call “making a colour film in black and white”, although here the palate is brighter, closer to Douglas Sirk. The use of an accordion sounds so natural. And Ozu’s players say everything with a smile on their face, a variation on Robert Bresson’s insistence on neutral expressions, although Ozu had been doing this already from the start.  View Larger

Late Autumn (1960) - Yasujiro Ozu

Meddlesome matchmaking in mid-century Japan. Astute observations from Ozu in this charming comedy. Delicate and unassuming. 

There’s more than a little French influence here. The colour scheme is something Jean Pierre Melville would use himself and call “making a colour film in black and white”, although here the palate is brighter, closer to Douglas Sirk. The use of an accordion sounds so natural. And Ozu’s players say everything with a smile on their face, a variation on Robert Bresson’s insistence on neutral expressions, although Ozu had been doing this already from the start. 


My Voyage to Italy (2001) - Martin Scorsese
Beyond sublime. Martin Scorsese starts talking, and four hours go by in a flash. Personal, sincere, and magical.  View Larger

My Voyage to Italy (2001) - Martin Scorsese

Beyond sublime. Martin Scorsese starts talking, and four hours go by in a flash. Personal, sincere, and magical. 


A Trip to the Moon (1902) - Georges Méliès
Astonishing. I saw a print in Paris, and it took my breath away. 

A Trip to the Moon (1902) - Georges Méliès

Astonishing. I saw a print in Paris, and it took my breath away. 


The Landlord (1970) - Hal Ashby
Made just one year before Harold and Maude, check out the editing here. 

The Landlord (1970) - Hal Ashby

Made just one year before Harold and Maude, check out the editing here. 


The Prowler (1951) - Joseph Losey
It’s no wonder James Ellroy gets a special thanks for aiding in the restoration of this film. A compelling, perverse noir that anticipates the modern psycho thriller, dealing with themes of corruption, entitlement, delusion and opportunism. View Larger

The Prowler (1951) - Joseph Losey

It’s no wonder James Ellroy gets a special thanks for aiding in the restoration of this film. A compelling, perverse noir that anticipates the modern psycho thriller, dealing with themes of corruption, entitlement, delusion and opportunism.


The Immigrant (2013) - James Gray
James Gray holds us in wonderment as he conjures us to the New York of 1921. Beautiful framing, and gorgeous score.  View Larger

The Immigrant (2013) - James Gray

James Gray holds us in wonderment as he conjures us to the New York of 1921. Beautiful framing, and gorgeous score. 


Enemy (2014) - Denis Villeneuve
My already high estimation of director Denis Villeneuve is now even higher. A superb film, filled with big ideas, well executed.  View Larger

Enemy (2014) - Denis Villeneuve

My already high estimation of director Denis Villeneuve is now even higher. A superb film, filled with big ideas, well executed. 


Le Week-end (2013) - Roger Michell
A gut punch. This is very bittersweet. Honest throughout with wonderful performances, and very well shot. 
Curiously released in the same year as Before Midnight, with which it shares many thematic elements.  View Larger

Le Week-end (2013) - Roger Michell

A gut punch. This is very bittersweet. Honest throughout with wonderful performances, and very well shot. 

Curiously released in the same year as Before Midnight, with which it shares many thematic elements.