Film Notes



May 6, 2022

Not That You Mind the Killing

The Night of the Hunter opens with the disembodied heads of five children floating in the cosmos and gets weirder from there. 

January 25, 2022

Hiroshima, Mon Amour

Ohio. A sunny and brittle Tuesday with wind chills near zero. Last night I watched Hiroshima, Mon Amour.

April 28, 2021

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

April 24, 2021

Double Feature

Nightcrawler and Bringing Out the Dead

April 8, 2021

L’Avventura

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

October 25, 2020

Safe

A friend sent me an article about a helmet you can buy that creates its own microclimate of filtered, customized air.

January 15, 2020

Retreat

This season is defined by muted Bergman films projected on the wall in the hour of the wolf.

January 2, 2020

Ash

“The bottom line is we’re all prisoners of the universe.” This becomes the coda for Jia Zhangke’s Ash is Purest White, where a dangerous romance downshifts into existential longing.

July 9, 2019

Melancholy and Prophecy

Six days after watching Melancholia, I cannot shake the airless world of this film that lives in the eerie twilight between calamity and silence.

April 14, 2019

Red Neon and Broken Clocks

Bi Gan’s Long Day’s Journey into Night is the best film I’ve seen in years.

October 8, 2017

Mono No Aware

Ghosts in the machine, glitches in the sublime, and rain-streaked neon. Watching Blade Runner 2049 felt like returning to church.