Thursday, August 31, 2023

Desert Island Film 36

As good a film as I've ever seen about Hollywood.  Nick Ray and Bogart at peak power.

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Desert Island Film 35

My favorite Hitchcock changes all the time. This one that I recently rewatched is currently the frontrunner.

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Desert Island Film 34

Where I would start someone who was wondering why the Cinematheque in Paris is about to launch a major retrospective on Raoul Walsh.  And then I'd follow up with another 10-15 recommendations.

Monday, August 28, 2023

Desert Island Film 33

 One of the great Val Lewton-produced films.  It's lo-fi but packs a real punch.

Sunday, August 27, 2023

Desert Island Film 32

My favorite of the mumblecore films. I continue to track Bujalski, interested to see where his talent takes him.

Saturday, August 26, 2023

Desert Island Film 31

I'm a formalist.  And this Portuguese filmmaker is pushing the aesthetic side of the medium in directions as interesting as anyone I have seen in contemporary cinema.  

Friday, August 25, 2023

Desert Island Film 30

 One of cinema's greatest visual poets.  One of his greatest films.

Thursday, August 24, 2023

Desert Island Film 29

The style that Wong Kar-wai and Christopher Doyle forged together in this period was a reminder that there were new styles (and colors and speeds) the medium had yet to experience

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Desert Island Film 28

 For the way Bresson strips away cinema to get to its essence

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Desert Island Film 27

What I would I have to say, if asked to name my favorite final film by a great filmmaker.

Monday, August 21, 2023

Desert Island Film 26

Ask me who among the young filmmakers impresses me the most, gives me the most hope.  Ryusuke Hamaguchi is at the top of the list.

Sunday, August 20, 2023

Desert Island Film 25

 I could choose 10-15 Wiseman films.  No one takes a deeper look at America.  

Saturday, August 19, 2023

Desert Island Film 24

I've read where you're supposed to be more in the Chaplin or more in the Keaton camp. I'm equally in both.

Friday, August 18, 2023

Desert Island Film 23

 For the way Reichardt uses one of cinema's greatest weapons, silence.

Thursday, August 17, 2023

Desert Island Film 22

For me, it's the most moving male/female platonic relationship the medium has ever given us.

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Desert Island Film 21

After Renoir, I think Pialat captured the French as well as anyone.

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Desert Island Film 20

One of the directors who can achieve unique cinematic rhythm and grammar with his work. The first that I saw. I see them all.

Monday, August 14, 2023

Desert Island Film 19

My first discovery of film noir. There was an unfiltered and unflinching honesty about it that made me want to be a part.

Sunday, August 13, 2023

Desert Island Film 18

The first Carax film I ever saw. It was 1996 or 1997, I was living in Montpellier, and Carax's ability to make film feel like poetry was unlike anything I had seen since first discovering Godard.

Saturday, August 12, 2023

Desert Island Film 17

I remember first seeing this as part of a German Film Series in college and being most struck by its imagery. It was only later that I realized Robby Muller shot it as well as probably ten of my other favorite films.

Thursday, August 10, 2023

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Friday, August 4, 2023

Announcing Reel Adventures 5!

Announcing Reel Adventures 5 November 10 at R.W. Norton Art Gallery, My Fair Lady!

General public tickets go on sale October 20.

Desert Island Film 9


Thursday, August 3, 2023

Wednesday, August 2, 2023