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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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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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Je, Tu, Il, Elle (I, You, He, She) (1976)

(note: Anytime I refer to Chantal Akerman or her filmmaking group as French, please substitute “Belgian”. My apologies to both Belgium and France as appropriate) “Je, Tu, Il, Elle” is my penance for “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.” Hulu … Continue reading

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Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)

If you’ve never seen one of Kevin Smith’s films (except for “Jersey Girl”), you will probably not get–much less like–“Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.” If you’ve seen one or two, you’ll probably enjoy it. If you’ve seen “Clerks,” “Mallrats,” … Continue reading

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The Booth At The End (2011-TV)

I don’t usually review TV shows here, and I honestly don’t know if this little gem was ever broadcast anywhere. “The Booth At The End” has five episodes, each of which is 25-ish minutes. The excellent Xander Berkeley stars as … Continue reading

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One Day in September (1999)

Jim McKay: When I was a kid my father used to say our greatest hopes and our worst fears are seldom realized. Our worst fears have been realized tonight. They have now said there were eleven hostages; two were killed … Continue reading

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Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

“Martha Marcy May Marlene” was one of those indie darling pics, like something that Parker Posey would have done a decade ago. It’s also an amazingly interesting picture, with a dreadful title. A girl named Martha ends up stumbling into … Continue reading

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