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Streaming Recommendations: September 2020

MUBI: —A Couch in New York (Chantal Akerman, 1996) —A Woman’s Revenge (Rita Azevedo Gomes, 2012) —The Terrorizers (Edward Yang, 1986) —Stories We Tell (Sarah Polley, 2012) —Apiyemiekî? (Ana Vaz, 2020) BFI PLAYER: —Sansho the Bailiff (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1954) —Chevalier (Athina Rachel Tsangari, 2015) —The Chambermaid (Lila Avilés, 2018) —Shadows (John Cassavetes, 1959) —Theorem (Pier […]

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Streaming Recommendations: July/August 2020

Instead of twenty capsules alongside recommendations, from now on I’ll just provide a list of titles. That way I’ll have more time to write fuller capsules elsewhere on here and link to them if need be. Also, I’ll include both July and August in this edition because these would make so much more sense coming […]

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Streaming Recommendations: June 2020

MUBI: —Marseille: A confession: I don’t find the films of Angela Schanelec cold. On occasion I find them alienating, or primarily works to comprehend rather than feel, because they attain near-Straub/Huillet levels of rigour and precision in matters profilmic and narrative, actorly and sonic. But why then did I cry so persistently during the Joni […]

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Streaming Recommendations: May 2020

MUBI: —Let the Sunshine In: I have watched this movie (minor Denis, I’m told) a silly number of times. On each new occasion it grows: it becomes more accommodating, funnier, sadder. Binoche’s Isabelle, an artist, suffering through interminable dates with a panoply of men who are either wrong from the start or time their arrivals […]

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Streaming Recommendations: April 2020

MUBI: —Sisters: There’s a lot of egregious shit written about Brian De Palma ‘elevating’ the genres he works in, rather than him being, as is truthful, an adept operator within said genres, while doing his usual routine of aping conceits from Hitchcock films—here, a heady mixture of Psycho, Rear Window, and Rope—through his own experience. […]

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Streaming Recommendations: March 2020

MUBI: —Lourdes: As mentioned when I recommended Amour Fou last month, I don’t like Lourdes particularly: but it’s still worth it for the shy restraint of Sylvie Testud’s performance. —Wild Goose Lake: The improbably sexy Hu Ge is going to star in Wong Kar-wai’s next film, Blossoms, and owing to a bit of business he does here bandaging up a wound, […]

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Streaming Recommendations: February 2020

MUBI: —On Body and Soul: Ildikó Enyedi’s film uses the funniest, most tortured set-up possible to arrive at a beautiful contrivance: two lonely, lovelorn characters are both having the same dream when they sleep at night. What follows is an odd romance, leading up to a scene which in all truth made me break out […]

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Streaming Recommendations: January 2020

MUBI: —Leviathan: I remember being cratered by Andrey Zvyagintsev’s film, its helpless and hopeless story of a family displaced and destroyed by a confluence of church and state corruption. The director’s self-seriousness serves the material (and its attendant Book of Job underscoring) better than it does his subsequent Loveless. —Vertigo: Hitchcock’s essential document about the […]