Monthly Archives: December 2017

Häxan (1922)

 “Centuries have passed and the Almighty of medieval times no longer sits in his tenth sphere. We no longer sit in church staring terrified at the frescoes of the devils. The witch no longer flies away on her broom over the rooftops. But … Continue reading

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Tangerine (2015)

“Merry Christmas Eve, bitch.” I’ve been swept in a whirlwind of Sean Baker this week, watching Tangerine a few days back and seeing The Florida Project yesterday. It’s always exciting to see the second film of an up-and-coming filmmaker who is likely here to … Continue reading

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Airplane! (1980)

“Can you fly this plane and land it? Surely you can’t be serious. I am serious, and don’t call me Shirley.” Every comedy fits somewhere on the spectrum from dry and detached to Airplane! This movie is the biggest, most successful spoof … Continue reading

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Under the Shadow (2016)

“They’ll always know how to find you.” I felt pretty ambivalent about Under the Shadow, a recent addition to the 1001 List that I don’t expect will remain there for very long. The movie has had great acclaim among those who … Continue reading

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Boyhood (2014)

“What’s the point? I mean, I sure as shit don’t know. Neither does anybody else, okay? We’re all just winging it, you know? The good news is you’re feeling stuff. And you’ve got to hold on to that.” The big … Continue reading

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The Conversation (1974)

“I’m not afraid of death, but I am afraid of murder.” Thrillers today are too focused on story, I think as I watch The Conversation, Coppola’s entrancing mystery-thriller about a paranoid man who listens to other people’s conversations for a living. There’s … Continue reading

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Field of Dreams (1989)

“We just don’t recognize life’s most significant moments while they’re happening. Back then I thought, ‘Well, there’ll be other days.’ I didn’t realize that that was the only day.” Movies like Field of Dreams are manipulative. But to butcher Steve Erickson’s Zeroville, all movies … Continue reading

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