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    There is a consistency and developmental...

    There is a consistency and developmental continuity in Kiarostami's filmography going all the way back to the 1970s. Take for example The Traveler (1974), about a boy who uses a photographic camera...
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    I watched "Burning" when it came out in the...

    I watched "Burning" when it came out in the States and listed it at #12

    What a great place to watch Kiarostami's 24 Frames. Was it a screening, or was it an installation where you can choose the...
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    I've experienced another film "released" in the...

    I've experienced another film "released" in the US in early 2018 (after a Cannes 2017 premiere) that I consider among the greatest achievements in contemporary world cinema; a film that has a...
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    I just want to clarify. Chris, if this early...

    I just want to clarify. Chris, if this early Godard period amounts to your favorite period in his career, then maybe you don't really like Godard. You do seem to think of him as highly interesting...
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    I want to state (or re-state) how important it is...

    I want to state (or re-state) how important it is the coverage of film festivals, new releases, and other events related to the culture of cinema that you provide in your reportage and film...
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    I think that every film school had unique...

    I think that every film school had unique tendencies depending on who was in charge and who he hired to teach. Some schools emphasized Hollywood directors more than the one you attended (I base this...
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    Thanks very much for this interesting post. There...

    Thanks very much for this interesting post. There are some TV interviews of the actors accessible on the Criterion BR that I own. I'm interested to dig further into the relationships between the...
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    Zama is an easy read; and fairly short. In...

    Zama is an easy read; and fairly short. In English (because the Spanish language version is hard to find/expensive).
    I prefer Ghibli films dubbed in English, by the way. Guess I'm not always a...
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    I'd love to attend a stage version of "3 penny". ...

    I'd love to attend a stage version of "3 penny".
    The version I watched in college was much shorter than the more complete, good-looking version available today. Cast and crew are top notch;
    the...
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    Two additions to my canon of great films: THE...

    Two additions to my canon of great films:

    THE 3 PENNY OPERA (1931/Germany)

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    THE BIG SICK (2017/USA)

    Best film of 2019 by far is SUNSET (Hungary)
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    I didn't mention 10k races. Just a 5k (3.1 miles)...

    I didn't mention 10k races. Just a 5k (3.1 miles) at 7 minutes per mile (under 22 minutes total). In the US, runners talk only about minutes per mile even when the races are measured in kilometers....
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    Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn introduced...

    Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn introduced Jodorowski to the Cannes audience as the greatest living director and his cult following is large (close to a million followers on tweeter, by the way)...
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    Thanks for the recommendations. I'll definitely...

    Thanks for the recommendations. I'll definitely see "Long Day's" some day soon.
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    just kidding ;-) There were 3 Asian films that...

    just kidding ;-)
    There were 3 Asian films that were widely recommended in 2018. I listed 1) "Burning" and didn't think 2) "Shoplifters" was quite as special/meaningful/distinctive. I plan to watch...
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    No, Asian films are ugly.

    No, Asian films are ugly.
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    Thanks Chris and Tab for the excellent reviews of...

    Thanks Chris and Tab for the excellent reviews of movies released in 2018. As far as 2019, by far the best film i've seen is Sunset, from hungary. i have finally watched enough movies from 2018 to...
  17. Perhaps no labour by a critic is more worthy than...

    Perhaps no labour by a critic is more worthy than championing a neglected, under-appreciated movie.
    UNDER THE SILVER LAKE will be available on disc on June 18th.
  18. The movies directed by Blier were among the most...

    The movies directed by Blier were among the most widely distributed and advertised French films from the 70s and into the 90s. His films were the kind that would play in cities like Albuquerque, NM...
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    I don't think I have expressed my admiration for...

    I don't think I have expressed my admiration for Noah Baumbach in this forum. I have recently watched MISTRESS AMERICA and THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES. I find the films of this son of film critics...
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    The Academy is degrading cinema for the sake of...

    The Academy is degrading cinema for the sake of ratings. They know that, in this art form, a performance is to a great extent the result of how a camera captures it and which takes are included and...
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    I think you did a great job explaining what makes...

    I think you did a great job explaining what makes this film such an achievement. I know what you mean by saying the film is "un-fun" but I couldn't get enough. I was thinking how having fun watching...
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    Agnès Godard for Claire Denis are awesome; good...

    Agnès Godard for Claire Denis are awesome; good of you to bring them up. I posted on your 45 YEARS (2015) thread. It's been added to my list of 346 Favorite Films that opens this thread.
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    I also think it's an instant classic if that...

    I also think it's an instant classic if that means it feels "perfect" right away; it feels masterful and confident. I certainly would not call it "classical" because it's so subversive or "modernist"...
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    This thread is a great idea. Your posts are informative and insightful. I enjoyed reading them. I liked to read about how you sometimes have a connection to a film because of your personal history,...
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    Happy holidays to chris, jason, tab, and william...

    Happy holidays to chris, jason, tab, and william
    and all of you mysterious readers out there too
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