The Best Films of 2020

Admittedly I used the pandemic as an opportunity to watch older films rather than new ones, erasing some major blindspots for myself (including The Red Shoes, Ordet, Céline and Julie Go Boating, and Dekalog) and revisiting several of my favorite pictures (The Big Heat, Alice in the Cities, and Stagecoach). Continue reading “The Best Films of 2020”

Being There (1979)

In one of his final roles, Peter Sellers stars as Chance, a mentally challenged, illiterate gardener who becomes a media darling and political superstar after a billionaire mistakes his mindless gibberish as complex socioeconomic dialogue. Continue reading “Being There (1979)”

NYFF: Hopper/Welles (2020) & The Tango of the Widower and its Distorting Mirror (2020)

This year’s New York Film Festival greets us with newly released films by two of the most renown filmmakers of the 20th century, Orson Welles and Raúl Ruiz. Recently these two late directors have been surprisingly prolific, with Welles’ The Other Side of the Wind, having spent decades in post-production hell over disputes of its ownership, receiving a belated release by Netflix in 2018; meanwhile, Ruiz, who passed away in 2011, had his final film Night Across the Street posthumously distributed in 2012 while his widow Valeria Sarmiento supervised a reconstruction of his lost picture The Wandering Shadow (2017).

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