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    R.i.p. Gaspard Ulliel

    GASPARD ULLIEL Nov. 5 1984–Jan. 19 2022).

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    GASPARD ULLIEL

    He died two days ago at 37 in a skiing accident. (He had recounted that he came from a...
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    The BERLINALE February 10-20, 2022

    The upcoming Berlinale.
    Playlist reports it has an even better lineup this year. Here is the Encounters competition series of ten films, all world premieres.
  3. THE FIRE WITHIN/LE FEU FOLLET (Louis Malle 1963)....

    THE FIRE WITHIN/LE FEU FOLLET (Louis Malle 1963). Wow. Thought rewatching this would be depressing but what's depressing is always bad movies, never good ones, and this is a very good one. It may...
  4. SUZANNE'S CAREER (Éric Rohmer 1963). One of his...

    SUZANNE'S CAREER (Éric Rohmer 1963). One of his earliest features, black and white, only 55 minutes, about Paris university students and focused on a young woman from the point of view of two young...
  5. CLÉO FROM 7 TO 7 (Agnès Varda 1961). Another...

    CLÉO FROM 7 TO 7 (Agnès Varda 1961). Another current Nouvelle Vague Criterion Channel offering of a famous film I'd never previously seen. Varda was originally trained as a photographer and the...
  6. MURUEL OU LE TEMPS D'UN RETOUR (Alain Resnais...

    MURUEL OU LE TEMPS D'UN RETOUR (Alain Resnais 1963). Another in the Criterion Channel's current offerings of Nouvelle Vague films that like Zazie I'd not previously seen. One by Resnais many say is...
  7. ZAZIE DANS LE MÉTRO (Louis Malle 1960). Bosley...

    ZAZIE DANS LE MÉTRO (Louis Malle 1960). Bosley Crowther of the Times wrote in his original review: "The trouble (a gentle word for it!) with his picture simply is that there is no rhyme nor reason...
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    A compendium of year-end lists...

    A compendium of year-end lists

    CAHIERS DU CINÉMA: 10 Best Flms of 2021
  9. CALIFORNIA MOVIE JOURNAL (January 2022)

    CALIFORNIA MOVIE JOURNAL (January 2022)

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    LINDA FIORENTINO IN THE LAST SEDUCTION

    Wrist surgery in early December kept me from driving to movies, and I...
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    http://www.chrisknipp.com/images/wptw.jpg RENATE...

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    RENATE REINSVE, ANDERS DANIELSEN LIE IN THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD


    I've updated 2021 top ten list again:


    I took out THE DISCIPLE and BEGINNING...
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    A HERO is one of the fiften finalists for the...

    A HERO is one of the fiften finalists for the world competition for the Best International Feature Oscar for 2022. Below is Variety's listing and ranking of all fifteen:

    ALL AWARDS CONTENDERS...
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    A HERO (Asghar Farhadi 2021)

    ASGHAR FARHADI: A HERO (2021)

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    SALEH KARIMAEI AND AMIR JADIDI IN A HERO

    A man tries too hard to be good in Farhadi's new movie

    I pointed out in...
  13. DRIVE MY CAR (Ryunsuke Hamaguchi 2021)

    RYUNSUKE HAMAGUCHI: DRIVE MY CAR (2021)

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    HIDETOSHI NISHIJIMA, TOKO MIURA IN DRIVE MY CAR

    Hamaguchi garners more international attention with the...
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    CMON CMON (Mike Mills 2021)

    MIKE MILLS: CMON CMON (2021)

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    JOAQUIN PHOENIX AND WOODY NORMAN IN CMON CMON

    Mike Mills' indirect, labored look at fatherhood

    My heart sank when I...
  15. THE LOST DAUGHTER (Maggie Gyllenhaal 2021)

    MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL: THE LOST DAUGHTER (2021)

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    DAKOTA JOHNSON AND OLIVIA COLEMAN IN THE LOST DAUGHTER

    An unnatural mother

    Maggie Gyllenhaal has made a...
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    http://www.chrisknipp.com/images/EST2.jpg TONI...

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    TONI SERVILLO, FILIPPO SCOTTI IN THE HAND OF GOD

    My updated top ten list:


    I took out THE DISCIPLE and BEGINNING because I saw them last year in the...
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    Thanks for the information. I had not heard of t...

    Thanks for the information. I had not heard of t this HBO series. It sounds brilliant and devastating - it's been heralded as a masterpiece by many critics - and I'm sure could well qualify as Best...
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    Movies coming in 2022

    MOVIES COMING IN 2022

    Happy New Year! As 2022 begins we start to wonder what the movies will be like. David Hudson, Criterion's writer, has a long piece about works completed or in progress, "The...
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    DON'T LOOK UP (Adam McKay 2021)

    ADAM MCKAY: DON'TLOOK UP (2021)

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    LEONARDO DICPARIO AND JENNIFER LAWRENCE IN DON'T LOOK UP

    McKay misses his target

    This time there are mostly pans...
  20. LICORICE PIZZA (Paul Thomas Anderson 2021)

    LICORICE PIZZA (Paul Thomas Anderson 2021)

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    COOPER HOFFMAN AND ALANA HAIM IN LICORICE PIZZA

    A whirlwind tour of early-Seventies southern California...
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    ANNETTE (Leos Carax 2021)

    LEOS CARAX: ANNETTE (2021)

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    DRIVER SEMI-BARES HIS AGGRESSIVELY PERFECT TORSO

    A Bold, ultimately unappealing musical film

    Mike D''Angelo writes...
  22. PARALLEL MOTHERS (Pedro Almodóvar 2021)

    PARALLEL MOTHERS (Pedro Almodóvar 2021)

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    PENELOPE CRUZ IN PARALLEL MOTHERS

    Almodóvar scores high with slightly mix of feminism and earnest Spanish...
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    My current year's end watch list. Seeing...

    My current year's end watch list.

    Seeing Sorrentino's THE HAND OF GOD changed everything. It's my favorite of his films and it has to take a top, maybe the top, position on my 2021 best list, so...
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    P.s. I'm not finding theatrical French releases...

    P.s. I'm not finding theatrical French releases on AlloCiné going back that far. His 2008 PASSION was released in France, but in 2019. They likely have had releases in other forms of Hamaguchi...
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    It also may be that he is improving himself - by...

    It also may be that he is improving himself - by fits and starts as before - more significantly lately. WHEEL OF FORTUNE AND FANTASY was a beautiful, elegant study of people, but an anthology film...
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