Tag: French

Louise by the Shore

Louise by the Shore

| August 5, 2017

On the last day of summer at a small seaside resort town, 75-year-old Louise misses the last train out. After a torrential rainstorm, she emerges from her room the next morning to find the streets flooded and the town utterly deserted. Days, weeks and months pass in this dreamlike interlude as Louise learns to fend for […]

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Puppylove

Puppylove

| April 3, 2017

Coming of age stories are always a gamble.  It’s like reviewing horror films.  You know that 90% of them are going to be garbage, but every once in a while you come across something really special.  Unfortunately, Puppylove isn’t very good.  However, it does have an interesting premise that could have been done well if […]

Diary of a Chambermaid

Diary of a Chambermaid

| October 3, 2016

When Célestine (Léa Seydoux; Spectre) gets a new chambermaid position in the French countryside working for a horrible lady (Clotilde Mollet) and her grabby husband (Hervé Pierre), she is pretty miserable.  But, with her family gone and no life to speak of beyond moving from cleaning house to house, she decides to make the best […]

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The Pride and The Passion

The Pride and The Passion

| August 19, 2016

When this came in the mail, it was difficult for me to understand how I’d never heard of this movie before.  Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra in a character-driven war drama.  Sounds too good to be true!  After watching the movie, it’s certainly easier to understand how this was allowed to slip into such obscurity. […]

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The Gambler

The Gambler

| January 8, 2016

They say the house always wins.  Vincentas (Vytoutus Kaniusonis) knows this firsthand as he’s managed to accumulate a hefty gambling debt at the race track.  Being beaten by debt collectors and constantly falling deeper and deeper into debt might be enough to motivate anyone to turn things around and realize that gambling is not a […]

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The Maneater

The Maneater

| January 4, 2016

At first, this one reminded me of a Shakespearean story.  Jez (Mylene Jampanoi) and her occasional lover Erika (Mathilde Bisson) make a wager that Jez can’t successfully seduce a local priest, David (Marc Ruchmann), who recently performed her father’s funeral service.  It’s a good setup with some interesting characters, and the struggle David faces between […]

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Welcome to New York

Welcome to New York

| August 11, 2015

Usually when a movie is based on a true story, you have to take that with a grain of salt.  Countless times, the people these films are based on come out and tell us all the inaccuracies.  The Blind Side and Captain Phillips stand out as a couple of recent examples of movies that took […]

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Alain Resnais’ Love Unto Death & Life is a Bed of Roses

Alain Resnais’ Love Unto Death & Life is a Bed of Roses

| July 21, 2015

With an incredible body of work and having a tremendous impact on French cinema as a whole, Alain Resnais has very few of his films released on Blu-Ray. While Criterion has the essentials, like Last Year at Marienbad and the recently released Hiroshima mon amour, very few films of his are available, until now. Leave […]

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The Blue Room

The Blue Room

| May 14, 2015

After having a yearlong affair with Esther (Stephanie Cleau), Julien (Mathieu Amalric) finds himself in police custody being interrogated relentlessly.  Without knowing exactly what’s going on, the audience is forced to jump around in time, seeing Julien’s infidelity juxtaposed with his interrogation, constantly asking ourselves what’s going on.  This disorientation as a way to keep […]

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The House of Mystery

The House of Mystery

| March 31, 2015

When I, and I venture to guess most of you, think about film serials, what springs immediately to mind are images of action/adventure stories featuring heroes like Buck Rogers or even Batman and Captain Marvel. And of course there are also plenty of science fiction/horror serials like The Phantom Creeps (1933), prominently featured across a […]

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