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Amour1
Amour1

Amour: Thin Exploration of Death

In reviewing Michael Haneke’s disturbing film “The Piano Teacher” from 2001, I said that a distinctive trait of Haneke’s direction was that it was “pitiless in its depiction of human frailty”...
 
Avant-Garde
 
MustBePlace2
MustBePlace2
MustBePlace2

This Must be the Place: Avant-Garde Mash-Up that Doesn’t Work

I’ll give Italy’s Paolo Sorrentino one thing: he’s got guts. He doesn’t care one iota about commercial success or popularity. All he cares about is bringing his artistic vision to the screen. With “...
 
Drama
 
Sunday
Sunday
Sunday

Sunday Bloody Sunday: Courageous and Revolutionary, But Not a Great Film

After his global triumph with the revolutionary film “Midnight Cowboy” (winner of the Best Picture Oscar for 1969), English filmmaker John Schlesinger came back in 1971 with the equally revolutionary “Sunday B...

 
Drama
 
TeddyBear
TeddyBear
TeddyBear

Teddy Bear: Good But Not Great

“Teddy Bear” is a good film but not a great one. It was made in Denmark by Mads Matthiesen and stars real-life bodybuilder Kim Kold. It is the first feature film for both Matthiesen and Kold, telling the story of a ...
 
Avant-Garde
 
Certified2
Certified2
Certified2

Certified Copy: Interesting Ideas, Underwhelming Delivery

I’m embarrassed to admit it, but “Certified Copy” is the first Abbas Kiarostami film I’ve seen. During the 1990s, when Kiarostami’s reputation was growing, I was not that focused on international h...
 
Avant-Garde
 
Anatolia
Anatolia
Anatolia

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia: Dull

Film critic Molly Haskell famously described ‘The Godfather’ as “grandly mournful,” a beautifully apt description. ‘Once Upon a Time in Anatolia’ is just as mournful but without the grandeur ...

 
Avant-Garde
 
Lavant3
Lavant3
Lavant3

Holy Motors: Best Avant-Garde Film of 2012

“Holy Motors,” from French filmmaker Leos Carax, is the best avant-garde film of 2012 so far (as of October 20, 2012). But that’s not saying much, as it’s been a terrible year for avant-garde film. Despi...
 
Musical
 
Beloved2
Beloved2
Beloved2

Beloved: Unique Exploration of 21st-Century Love

Writer/director Christophe Honore and composer Alex Beaupain continue to reinvent the movie musical with “Beloved,” a companion piece to their “Love Songs” (2008). No one else in the world is doing what ...
 
Top-Rated
 
elles2
elles2
elles2

Elles: True Cinema Starring the Goddess Juliette Binoche

Originally written May 2012 Elles, a film made in France by the up-and-coming Polish-born filmmaker Malgoska Szumowska, does have weaknesses, but it also has impressive strengths. Its strong aspects are so remarkable that it es...

 
Avant-Garde
 
TurinHorse
TurinHorse
TurinHorse

Turin Horse: Why is the European Male Avant-Garde So Depressed as of Late?

It’s quite the season for ambitious but disappointing high-art cinema in New York. On the heels of Nuri Ceylan’s “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia” comes the NY release of the highly avant-garde “The T...