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Friday
Jul202018

TO JOY and THE KING (on CINE-FILE Chicago)

This week I wrote about TO JOY, a relatively early film by Ingmar Bergman, that immortal poet of the human heart whose films were really songs of love and hate. It's playing at the Gene Siskel Film Center as part of their "Bergman 100" centennary celebration.

Now that Eugene Jaracki's stunning Elvis Presley film THE KING is back at the Music Box Theatre, I expanded my writeup from my previous capsule. The movie's a debate, an autocritique, an interrogation of the American Dream.  

You may read both reviews, over at CINE-FILE Chicago.

 

Friday
Jul132018

THE CAKEMAKER (on CINE-FILE Chicago)

This week on CINE-FILE Chicago, I recommend Ofir Raul Graizer's THE CAKEMAKER. Grazier shows himself to be a fine director of actors with his debut feature. Starting today, it plays for a two-week run at the Gene Siskel Film Center. To read my review, please head over to CINE-FILE Chicago.

 

Friday
Jun152018

THE LITTLE GIRL WHO SOLD THE SUN (on CINE-FILE Chicago)

This week at CINE-FILE Chicago, I wrote about Djibril Diop Mambéty's wonderful short film, the posthumously released THE LITTLE GIRL WHO SOLD THE SUN. Mambéty is celebrated as a surrealist, an original and an innovatorat once a great modern griot and avant-garde poet. However, this one's as simple, linear, and playful as a folk tale. I suppose it might shatter some preconceptions about Third World cinema. It is also a display of some of the finest smiles in cinema history. To read my review, head over to CINE-FILE Chicago.

 

 

Friday
Jun082018

WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? and LOVING VINCENT (on CINE-FILE Chicago)

I wrote about two films at CINE-FILE Chicago this week, under "Also Recommended." First, I talk about Morgan Neville's WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? (For reasons of space, I had to cut the bits about the parts that left me blubbering. So I'll just say: Jeff Erlanger, and Koko. If you see it, you'll know what I mean.) Then, I caught up with Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman’s beautiful LOVING VINCENT. "Maybe we can take death to go to a star."   

Friday
May252018

THAT SUMMER (on CINE-FILE Chicago)

This week over at CINE-FILE Chicago, I wrote about Göran Hugo Olsson’s THAT SUMMER. Once more to that funky, ramshackle Gothic house by the sea, and one more dance with Little Edie and Big Edie, ex-toasts of high society, scions of the fading American aristocracy. As Peter Beard puts it, "They lived in a dream world, and it was okay. They had great inner poetry, bringing up new ideas, talking to their cats...I never thought of the Beales as sad or unfortunate, or anything except very excellent at feeling what it was like to hold onto the past. They just had nothing but echoes of songs and dreams of a family history long gone." It plays this week at the Gene Siskel Film Center. To read my review, please go to CINE-FILE Chicago and scroll down to "Also Recommended."