Category Archives: Films 2012

Walkabout (1971)

If you recall from “Crocodile Dundee,” a “walkabout” is when an Aborigine goes out on his own for awhile, learning about life and seeking a spiritual awakening. In “Walkabout,” there is an Aboriginal youth (David Gulpilil) who is out on … Continue reading

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The Blue Angel (1930)

Yep. 1930. This is widely considered to be the first, major German “talkie,” as the kids back then called them, and a lot of the photography and physical movements still echo the silent era. The film follows the life of … Continue reading

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The Naked City (1948)

“There are eight million stories in the naked city. This has been one of them.” That’s the last line in “The Naked City,” a 1948 precursor to the police procedural genre. This is a neat little movie. It was filmed … Continue reading

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Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai Du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)

If you’d asked me a week ago whether I’d be working my way through Chantal Akerman’s films, I’d probably have laughed and asked, “Chantal Akerman? Who’s that?” This has been a rewarding journey, and this film is widely considered to … Continue reading

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Les Rendez-Vous d'Anna (Anna's Meetings) — 1978

There’s a scene in Chantal Akerman’s “Les Rendez-Vous d’Anna” where Anna (Aurore Clement) is riding a train to Brussels. She’s standing by the corridor window, just gazing into the distance, watching the lights move by slowly. All at once, a … Continue reading

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Tom and "Mary and Max" (2009)

“Mary and Max” is an Australian claymation film about a spunky yet lonely young girl, Mary Daisy Dinkle, who randomly tears a piece out of a Manhattan phone book she was reading in a post office, and writes to a … Continue reading

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My Dinner With Andre (1981)

Here’s the plot: two old friends meet for dinner at a posh New York restaurant and talk. That’s really it. Yet somehow, it becomes this amazing film, probably one of my 10 favorites ever. The film starts with playwright/actor Wallace … Continue reading

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