“I’m drenched in afterbirth. I’ve bridged the chrysalis. I’ve been reborn.”

The first two-and-a-half minutes of Michael Clayton are some of the best minutes in the history of film.

Fellini’s 8½ is a head-scraping and memory-swirled portrait of the judgment and shame that comes with creative effort.

Double Feature

Nightcrawler and Bringing Out the Dead


“Our myths and conventions are old,” said Antonioni. “And everyone knows that they are indeed old and outmoded. Yet we respect them.”