Wednesday, May 18, 2022

a record of consumption, part six (being a new film journal)

Kwon Oh-seung Midnight 2021
Korean serial killer film.

Woody Allen Hannah and Her Sisters 1986
"I'm going through a period where I can't be around people" (Max von Sydow).

King Hu Come Drink with Me 1966

Martin Scorsese The Last Waltz 1978
Essential 4k rewatch, via Criterion. First time I heard The Band, was watching this film, and remember watching the 116 minute film 3 times in 2 days.

Tim Hunter River’s Edge 1986
Very Lynchian in atmosphere. Shot by Frederick Elmes, whom worked with David Lynch, Ang Lee, Charlie Kaufman, Jim Jarmusch, and Todd Solondz. For the role of drug and mannequin man Feck, Tim Hunter had wanted John Lithgow, but the part was also offered to Harry Dean Stanton whom declined it, but luckily passed the script on to his friend, Dennis Hopper.

Martin Scorsese The Last Waltz 1978
Scorsese & Robbie Robertson commentary.

Eliza Hittman Forever’s Gonna Start Tonight 2011

Kasi Lemmons Eve’s Bayou 1997
Lemmons directorial debut, Southern Gothic film about a prosperous Creole-American community in Louisiana. Lemmons is known as Ardelia Mapp in Jonathan Demme's The Silence of the Lambs and Bernadette Walsh in Bernard Rose's Candyman. Great film.

Clio Barnard Dark River 2017

Thomas Vinterberg Another Round 2020
Stunningly beautiful film, up there with Vinterberg's The Celebration and The Hunt. Love the Yves Klein ending.

Johan Renck Chernobyl 2019
Essential 4K rewatch.
Alexander Payne Sideways 2004
Once a year rewatch.

Jon Watts Spider-Man: No Way Home 2021
Dizzying layers of meta.

Philip Kaufman Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1978
Essential 4K rewatch.

Peter Sollett Metal Lords 2022

Nicolas Winding Refn Pusher II: With Blood on My Hands 2004
Refn is the master of blissfully pushing viewers to their extremes, a euphoric use of music, and giving nudity and sex an almost offensive quality.  Mads Mikkelsen gets quite heavy in the film, beautiful performance. Soundtrack by Peter Peter (Pusher, Bleeder, Pusher 3, and Valhalla Rising).

James Whale  The Invisible Man 1933
Essential 4K rewatch.

Woody Allen Alice 1990
Watching this for William Hurt, film not as great as I remembered, not bad though.

Ridley Scott Blade Runner 1982
Essential 4K rewatch.

Tony Maylam White Rock 1977
Documentary on the  XII Olympic Winter Games Innsbruck 1976 hosted by James Coburn. Beautifully shot.

Denis Villeneuve Dune 2021
Third time with this film, this time on 4K disc, much better sound and image this way, great film.

Theodore Melfi St. Vincent 2014
Traveling lately for work and family so less time in the dark enjoying plato's cave, got to sneak in a rewatch of St. Vincent. Not speaking of the lusterless musician, but the Naomi Watts / Bill Murray / Melissa McCarthy film.

Joel Edgerton The Gift 2015

Bertrand Tavernier Round Midnight 1986
Stunning Tavernier film with the great tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon as the fictional Dale Turner and François Cluzet as Francis Borler, in a fiction film loosely based on the relationship between French author Francis Paudras and Bud Powell. Turner's character also uses Lester Young as inspiration. We also see Herbie Hancock. Martin Scorsese, Philippe Noiret, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Hutcherson, Alain Sarde, Billy Higgins, John McLaughlin, Ron Carter, Tony Williams, and Freddie Hubbard. Gordon's performance is beyond words.

Matt Reeves The Batman 2022
Beautifully shot by Greig Fraser (Dune, Killing Them Softly, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Bright Star) and edited by William Hoy and Tyler Nelson. Not a great film, but hard to not be impressed by its visual qualities.

Michael Winner Death Wish II 1982
4K from Vinegar Syndrome. Not exactly essential 4K rewatch, but a great example of early 80s sleazy cinema that takes it a bit too far in making the viewer feel uncomfortable, and needing to take a shower to get the grime off, but not necessarily in a bad way. Part of the appeal for this film is the gritty krautish soundtrack by Jimmy Page.

Paul King Paddington 2 2017
Didn't hit me much on a second viewing, but certainly not without interest. High Grant gives great performance.

David Lynch Mulholland Drive 2001
Essential 4K rewatch. Second time this year, first via Criterion Collection 4K, now StudioCanal. Stunning package and presentation. Love the Edward Hopper inspired package design.

Sam Jones Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off 2022

Stacy Peralta Powell Peralta: The Search for Animal Chin 1987
Middle school favorite.

Stacy Peralta Bones Brigade: An Autobiography 2012

Buzz Kulik The Hunter 1980

Norman Jewison In the Heat of the Night 1967
Essential 4K rewatch via Kino Lorber.

Mike Leigh Meantime 1983
Huge Mike Leigh fan, but only second time seeing this. Classic for lovers of his work, and the work of Tim Roth, Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina, and Phil Daniels.

Robert Eggers The Northman 2022
For my wife and myself, this was one of the most anticipated films of the year. Not huge huge Eggers fans, but certainly liked his other two films. After the credits ended, and my wife with a big smile said "how did you like it", I wasn't sure what to say. It took a couple of days to sink in, reflecting on it in my mind, for me to respond back to her "yes I liked the film, very good, would like to watch it again pronto". A few things that confused me initially was that the film aesthetically look, at times, like a video game, which was a bit off-putting. Also the story can be quite subtle and the references to Shakespeare needed some time to sink in. In a time when many Indie filmmakers are going out and making some of the worst piece of garbage super hero films, it is refreshing that Eggers makes a visionary big budget film, with layers of meaning, and performances worthy of the actors. Good stuff.

Ivan Passer Born to Win 1971
Great blu ray presentation from Fun City Editions. Love this film.

Chad Stahelski John Wick: Chapter 2 2017
Essential 4K rewatch.

Rick Charnoski, Buddy Nichols The Tony Alva Story 2019

Justin Kurzel Nitram 2021
Caleb Landry Jones won best actor at Cannes for this film. No f'en joke.

Robert Eggers The Lighthouse 2019
Post The Northman, getting into some Eggers rewatches. My favorite of his films, an absurdist aesthetic masterpiece in the tradition of Samuel Beckett, David Lynch, Krzysztof Penderecki, Harold Pinter, and Maya Deren.

Alain Corneau Tous les matins du monde / All the Mornings of the World 1991
Essential film for fans of Jordi Savall, Marin Marais, Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe, and the French school of bass-viol composers in general.

Michelangelo Antonioni Blow-Up 1966
I could spend days watching the park scenes in this film on repeat, or even just having the sound going.

Dario Argento Profondo rosso / Deep Red 1975
David Hemmings double feature. Despite not being a fan of this film, the Goblin soundtrack is quite memorable and comedic accidental truck killing at the end is perfect. Looks beautiful in the Arrow 4k Dolby Vision release.

Sebastian Meise Great Freedom 2021
Prison film with Franz Rogowski.

Stacy Peralta Powell Peralta: The Bones Brigade Video Show 1984

Stacy Peralta Future Primitive: Bones Brigade Video II 1985
Both childhood favs.

Adam Leon Italian Studies 2021
non mi è piaciuto.

Various Television :

Reinaldo Marcus Green We Own This City 2022
Has moments of interest, but the story moving all around doesn't really work. Jamie Hector really stands out, great actor.

Antonio Campos The Staircase 2022
Couldn't finish.

Brian Watkins Outer Range 2022
Was not particularly enjoying this show, and then found the last two episodes, and especially the ending to be too problematic. "Too problematic" seems to be my words for a lot of recent television, where moments in the show are quite good (like the actors, or the music), but an overall feeling of disappointment creeps in.

Kogonada & Justin Chon Pachinko 2022
In general, wasn't crazy about the show, but Justin Chon's Episode 4 was pretty good, especially in the way The Cure’s In Between Days (played live by Luamel) playfully interacts with the end of the episode.

Alec Berg and Bill Hader Barry season three 2022
Entertaining. Agree with my screening partner when see says "I sure miss the acting school".

Saturday, April 2, 2022

a record of consumption, part five (being a new film journal)

Denis Villeneuve Polytechnique 2009
Based on the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre in Montreal, a mass murder where misogynist Marc Lépine murdered fourteen women, and wounded ten women and four men.

Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger The Red Shoes 1948
Have had The Red Shoes on LaserDisc, DVD, never on blu ray, and now on 4k, and not seen a Technicolor print, and this feels pretty close to that magic. Was really looking forward to seeing the reds on this, but the yellows, blues and blacks just unreal to see.....

Joachim Trier The Worst Person in the World 2021
Shot on 35mm (saw a nice hair in the gate). Wonderful film, read it was like a romcom made by Bergman. Good stuff.

Martin Campbell Casino Royale 2006

Adrian Lyne Unfaithful 2002
Diane Lane gets it on with a French bookseller in Soho when she gets bored of Richard Gere.

Adrian Lyne Deep Water 2022

William Lustig Maniac Cop 2 1990
Strange, received the 4K of Maniac Cop 2 and The Accused in the mail, both films with crazed performance by Leo Rossi.

Dario Argento Phenomena 1985
Jennifer Connelly Giallo style in 4K via Arrow Films.

Goliath Season 4
Goliath season 4 gets into bringing down Big Pharma. Dreamscapes and Chinatown San Francisco dominate the season. Great cast in addition to Billy Bob Thornton include: William Hurt, J.K. Simmons, Elias Koteas, Bruce Dern, Griffin Dunne, Robert Patrick, Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense), Jena Malone, Beth Grant (Donnie Darko, No Country for Old Men)

James L. Brooks Broadcast News 1987
Criterion Collection purchase as my wife and I are very much wanting to dig into the William Hurt filmography. Strange role for Hurt as sort of sham news broadcaster inspired by the "anchormania”of Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings and Dan Rather.

John Landis An American Werewolf in London 1981
4K rewatch, via Arrow Films. Can't go wrong with a film with Jenny Agutter. Cinematography by Robert Paynter (Superman II & III, Trading Places, National Lampoon's European Vacation) which has a very pleasant feel especially when the travelers go out to "the moors". Score by Elmer Bernstein, with the song Blue Moon in various versions by Sam Cooke + Bobby Vinton + The Marcels, and Moondance by Van Morrison, plus Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Siân Heder CODA 2021
Very good "feel good" film. Dig the kid's King Crimson Discipline t-shirt. Great performances, especially by the father Troy Kotsur.

Jonathan Kaplan The Accused 1988
Essential late 80s film.

William Lusting Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence 1993
4k rewatch, as with other Maniac Cop films; co-produced and written by Larry Cohen. Robert Davi is great in these films, in MC 3 we find Robert Forster as a smooth talking self-as·sured Doctor Powell. Excellent score by Joel Goldsmith.

Joanna Hogg The Souvenir: Part II 2021
Very nice film!

Wes Craven The Hills Have Eyes 1977
Visually beautiful film, shot in the Mojave Desert by cinematography Eric Saarinen, who's father was the great architect Eero Saarinen, and grandfather Eliel Saarinen.

Jon Watts Spider-Man: Homecoming 2017
My friend described this as an homage to the more edgy 80s high school films. Good stuff.

Kathryn Bigelow Near Dark 1987
One of the best vampire films. Music by Tangerine Dream. Beautiful dark stuff, shot by Adam Greenberg (Terminator, Terminator 2, Ghost). Essential 80s film.

Billy Wilder Some Like It Hot 1959
Essential 4K rewatch.

John Huston The Maltese Falcon 1941
One only need meditate on the names involved: John Huston, Dashiell Hammett, Humphrey Bogart, Elisha Cook Jr., Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Ward Bond, Arthur Edeson (director of photography), Adolph Deutsch (music), Hal B. Wallis.

Chad Stahelski John Wick 2014
Essential 4K rewatch.

Richard Tuggle Tightrope 1984
Very strange Clint Eastwood film, prostitute obsessed detective in New Orleans after a serial killer.

Jane Campion The Water Diary 2006
Children reacting to drought.

Thomas Vinterberg Last Round 1993
Stunning early film by Vinterberg, starring Thomas Bo Larsen.

Thomas Vinterberg The Boy Who Walked Backwards 1994
Another beaut by Vinterberg.

Jesper Jargil The Purified 2003
Dogma 95 documentary.

Douglas Sirk Written on the Wind 1956
Manhattan to Texas with Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, Robert Stack, and Dorothy Malone. Stunning photography by Russell Metty. Perhaps Sirk's best.

Jon Watts Spider-Man: Far From Home 2019
High school film with kids going on a cultural tour through Europe, with some trouble from water and fire.

Nicolas Winding Refn Pusher 1996
First Refn film, stunning performance by Kim Bodnia as Frank. Also early film for Mads Mikkelsen.

John Huston The Misfits 1961
Serious grown up movie with stunning performances by Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Eli Wallach, Montgomery Clift, and Thelma Ritter. Heavy themes. Screenplay by Arthur Miller, Cinematography Russell Metty whom also shot Written on the Wind a few films up.

Liu Chia-Liang The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter 1984
Brand new Arrow Films release of Shaw Brothers classic.

Joseph L. Mankiewicz All About Eve 1950
Eve = Evil.

Katt Shea Poison Ivy 1992

Michael Steinberg, Neal Jimenez The Waterdance 1992
Eric Stoltz, Wesley Snipes, and William Forsythe play paraplegics in a rehabilitation home. Pretty good film, Snipes and Forsythe are stunning. Grace Zabriskie plays Forsythe's mother.

Todd Haynes Far from Heaven 2002
Haynes on Sirk. Great film.

Peter Tscherkassky Train Again 2021
Noticed clips from Spirit of the Beehive and The Shining this time around. Great film.

Peter Tscherkassky Dream Work 2001
Great stuff.

Goliath Season 1 & 2
Watching these the last couple of weeks. Again good cast, with more Billy Bob Thornton and John Hurt plus Maria Bello, Molly Parker, Lou Diamond Phillips, Paul Williams and many more.

Grace Lee Barrier Device 2002
Short film on Criterion Channel with Sandra Oh.

Michael Anderson Logan’s Run 1976
Not a fan of the film but love Jenny Agutter & Richard Jordan in it.

Neil Burger Limitless 2011
I call this too fried on friday night to watch criterion....

Sunday, March 13, 2022

a record of consumption, part four (being a new film journal)

Otakar Vávra Witchhammer 1970

From Severin's boxset All The Haunts Be Ours: A Compendium Of Folk Horror. Czech film tells the story of the Northern Moravia witch trials of the 1670s. Interesting beginning, where a dirty bastard explains the origin of sin is to be found in women, over a montage of nude women in a bathhouse (Beauty comes from the Devil).

Delbert Mann Marty 1955

Perfect film.  What could be better than watching a movie of mostly failed dates.

Yorgos Lanthimos Nimic 2019

Alexandre Rockwell Sweet Thing 2020

Jane Campion An Angel at My Table 1990

Following up on my "watch ever Jane Campion film" idea this month, we now arrive at one of the heaviest An Angel at My Table, not an easy watch, but worth it to stick through it. A tad dull initially, but as we get more familiar with Janet Frame's trials and tribulations, the more engaging the film became.

Mauricio Corco Espinoza Yun  2020

Georgiy Kropachyov, Konstantin Ershov Viy 1967
Kåre Bergstrøm Lake of the Dead 1958
Viðar Víkingsson Tilbury 1987
Mario Andreacchio The Dreaming 1988
James Bogle Kadaicha 1988

From Severin's boxset All The Haunts Be Ours: A Compendium Of Folk Horror.

William Friedkin Cruising 1980

Arrow blu ray. Third time seeing this, besides it being just an overwhelming disorienting horror film, the use of music and sound design is brilliant throughout the film, having the music often times present but a little louder than it needs to be, adds to the disorienting quality to this film and gives the bizarre end that extra kick. Possibly the best Friedkin film?

Tsui Hark Once Upon a Time in China II & Once Upon a Time in China III 1992

Melvin Van Peebles Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song 1971

Opens with 12 year old Mario Van Peebles naked on top of and engaging with a naked prostitute. Crazy psychedelic stuff, highly creative, hard to watch, and truly avant'garde.

Melvin Van Peebles Sunlight 1957

Flickering black and white lushness, sometimes under exposed, sometimes over. Collision of music like Charles Ives collage of folk tunes, patriotic songs, and marching band music. Beautiful film.

Dee Rees Pariah 2011

Stunning film on the turbulent life of a young Brooklyn high school girl.

Alfred Hitchcock Rear Window 1954

Essential 4K rewatch. L.B. Jefferies (James Stewart) apartment acting as a camera recording the goings on in the facing apartment.

Alfred Hitchcock The Birds 1963

Wayne Wang Chan is Missing 1982

Wonderfully nonsensical San Francisco neo-noir. Our would be detective Jo (Wood Moy) interrogates a woman but we can't hear because her kid is playing music too loud in his bedroom. Keeps going from here with the private dick stuff..... like a bizarre version of the classic SF Noirs. Great film, a new favorite!

John Carpenter Halloween 1978

Essential 4K rewatch.

Josef von Sternberg The Devil Is a Woman 1935

From Indicator's boxset Marlene Dietrich & Josef Von Sternberg at Paramount 1930-1935. Hadn't watch Josef von Sternberg's films in a dog's age.

Ridley Scott The Martian 2015

Essential 4k rewatch.

Tod Browning Dracula 1931
James Whale The Invisible Man 1933
George Waggner The Wolf Man 1941

Essential 4K rewatch. From the Universal Classic Monsters: Icons of Horror Collection boxset.

Sydney Pollack Three Days of the Condor 1975

Hard to not be charmed by Pollack's take on the 70s paranoia aka Klute, Parallax View and All the President's Men.

Richard Fleischer Mr. Majestyk 1974

Watched the Kino blu ray. Favorite Bronson film sitting up there with Once Upon a Time in the West and Death Wish.

Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz Messiah of Evil 1973

Josef von Sternberg The Scarlet Empress 1934
Josef von Sternberg Shanghai Express 1932

From Indicator's boxset Marlene Dietrich & Josef Von Sternberg at Paramount 1930-1935.

Kathryn Bigelow Point Break 1991

My wife and I have watched this once a year since we met, never gets old. Still picking up strange expressions from Gary Busey (Pappas) on each viewing.

Peter Yates The Friends of Eddie Coyle 1973

Via Criterion. Essential cinema.

Josef von Sternberg Dishonored 1931

Christopher Nolan Batman Begins 2005

Essential 4K rewatch.

Tsai Ming-liang Stray Dogs 2013

On a Tsai Ming-liang kick after his recent film. Had not seen this one... jeez what a film. Slow beautiful stuff. Last shot goes on and on and on.... way after you expect the credits to come... but what a great shot, hard to find anything but the sublime in it. As a young man watching these films, I thought Tsai Ming-liang's main actor Lee Kang-sheng was sort of an eccentric screen presence, that was always a pleasure to watch, but over the last few months rewatching these films, his performances are really just so stunning you could count him up there with Gena Rowlands and John Cazale in terms of the skill as an actor he conveys to the audience... in Stray Dogs there is a cabbage eating emotional scene so powerful it is up there in top 10 screen performance. Lee Kang-sheng really can just do anything on screen.

Hirokazu Kore-eda The Truth 2019

Tsai Ming-liang Journey to the West 2014

Slow film focused on performances by Lee Kang-sheng and Denis Lavant. Tsai Ming-liang likes to sometimes put his actors through an endurance test, doing something physical or emotional (or both) that is clearly not easy for the actor. Here we have Lavant staring into the lens for what seems like forever and Lee Kang-sheng playing a Buddhist monk traversing so slowly through Marseilles it is like a minute a footstep. If not for a script, the film would be perhaps more of a filmed performance, but somehow a clear narrative sinks in and gives some complexity to the film. A shot where Lee Kang-sheng walks down some steps with dust from the space creating magical light flickers was truly a sublime event, with passers by mystified by his actions. The level of precision and focus the actor had to maneuver so slowly down the stairs boggles the mind. Even later as he traverses an alley, Denis Lavant attempts to imitate him and go slow through time and space, and really bringing attention to the virtuosity present in what we are seeing. Often a shot is happening for some time and one gets lost in the beauty, and finally the monk enters the scene both expected and unexpected. Amazing film, one of Tsai Ming-liang's best.

Christopher Nolan The Dark Knight 2008

Part II with Heath Ledger. Another masterclass in acting, this time with Mr. Ledger, definitely not an overrated performance.

Steven Spielberg Duel 1971

ABC Movie of the Week. Story and screenplay by Richard Matheson (I Am Legend), directorial debut of Spielberg. Sort of loser businessman Dennis Weaver drives across the California desert getting totally f*cked with by a deranged truck driver. Reminds me of the great line from David Lynch's Twin Peaks: The Return: "It's a world of truck drivers".

Stephen Cone Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party 2015 & Princess Cyd 2017

Julia Ducournau Raw 2016

Hard to watch! No messing around. Laurent Lucas from With a Friend Like Harry... (2000) plays the father.

Hal Ashby 8 Million Ways to Die 1986

Good vibe to this film.

Christopher Nolan The Dark Knight Rises 2012

4K rewatch, had only seen this once at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood. Not as good as first two, but worth watching. Good cast besides regular crew: Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Mendelsohn, Matthew Modine, Aidan Gillen.

Sergio Leone The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 1966

Essential 4K rewatch.

Edward Owens Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts 1968

Peter Tscherkassky Train Again 2021

Kurt Kren inspired train flicker film. Sound by Dirk Schaefer.

Jackie Chan Police Story 1985

Josef von Sternberg Blonde Venus 1932

From Indicator's boxset Marlene Dietrich & Josef Von Sternberg at Paramount 1930-1935. Previously my favorite von Sternberg film, still resonates very strongly.

Joseph Ellison The Burning aka Don’t Go in the House 1979

Arrow blu ray release, extended cut with original title The Burning. One tough film, the scene where the killer goes into a clothing store to buy a disco outfit and interacts with the sales clerk who says "I think it's a dynamite outfit" is pretty amazing. The initial burning scene with nudity is quite disturbing. Second time seeing this film and really appreciate it's timbre, underrated horror film. Stars Dan Grimaldi, whom is a recognizable character in The Sopranos. Shot at the Strauss Mansion Museum in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey. On the blu ray, there is are two interviews with Joseph Ellison presenting him as an articulate artist with a strong aesthetic, surprised he didn't have a bigger career, he only made one other film Joey.

Calum Waddell, Jim Kunz Grindhouse All-Stars: Notes from the Sleaze-Cinema Underground 2017

Joanna Hogg The Souvenir 2019

Joseph Ellison The Burning aka Don’t Go in the House 1979

Watched with commentary by Stephen Thrower on disc 2 and by Joseph Ellison and producer Ellen Hammill on disc 1.

John Woo Hard Target 1993

Essential 4K rewatch. Some of the best action sequences ever filmed, especially the explosive end in the warehouse of antiquated Mardi Gras floats and statues. Kino discs has very informative extras like interviews with Yancy Butler, John Woo, and Lance Herniksen.

Charlotte Stoudt Pieces of Her 2022

Toni Collette, Bella Heathcote, David Wenham (LOTR and Top of the Lake), and Gil Birmingham (Hell or High Water, Wind River). Good acting, script is off.

John Carpenter Prince of Darkness 1987

Essential 4K rewatch.

Wayne Wang The Joy Luck Club 1993

Based on the novel by Amy Tan, four women play mahjong in San Francisco, and their various family histories are explained through flashbacks.

Sergio Corbucci Django 1966

John Carpenter They Live 1988

Essential 4K rewatch.

Daniel Petrie Lifeguard 1976

Was not familiar with this film, heard about it from the recent WTF podcast with Sam Elliott. Was a bit put off by his derogatory remarks on The Power of the Dog film, especially since I see Tombstone as nothing but a "piece of shit" "Chippendales western", but still hard to dislike the great actor who has been in a few good films like Road House and The Big Lebowski. Lifeguard could be added to the list of solid Elliott films, def has that 70s sleaze which is often great but can sometimes sink into something a little more slimy than you are comfortable with, which it does a bit in Lifeguard in the way women are presented, but overall the film has a good vibe and he is quite excellent in it.

Taylor Hackford An Officer and a Gentleman 1982

Beautiful film with love story between Richard Gere and Debra Winger, and more tragic one between David Keith and Lisa Blount (from Carpenter's Prince of Darkness). Solid performances by Louis Gossett Jr., Robert Loggia, and Grace Zabriskie! So used to seeing Zabriskie in the strange Lynch roles, it was a little jarring to see her in a more straight role. Strange score by the master Jack Nitzsche in which he mainly abstracts the melody from Up Where We Belong by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes.

Bent Hamer Factotum 2005

Very good film with Matt Dillon as Charles Bukowski’s alter ego, Henry Chinaski. Alcoholism, degenerate gambling, inability to keep a job, and bad relationships. Hard to get that wonderful Bukowski quote from Sideways out of my mind: "Half my life is over, and I have nothing to show for it. I'm a thumbprint on the window of a skyscraper. I'm a smudge of excrement on a tissue surging out to sea with a million tons of raw sewage." Lily Taylor and Marisa Tomei also really wonderful in the film.

John Sturges The Great Escape 1963

4K via Kino.

Sam Raimi The Evil Dead 1981 & The Evil Dead II 1987

Essential 4K rewatches. Had never watched these films back to back, like a jazz song with 2 interpretations by the same artist. Joel Coen assisted in editing the first film. Blood is really stunning in 4k Dolby Vision!

Lawrence Kasdan Body Heat 1981

Rest In Peace Mr. William Hurt whom passed away today at age 71. One of the best actors of the 80s and 90s, even in films that are not amazing, he would elevate them to great heights. Going to spend the next few weeks savoring his filmography. Starting with one of the best, the South Florida neo-noir with almost unconfortable nudity, sweat flowing, greasy hair, great lines; just a perfect film, which is certainly very much elevated with Mr. Hurt's presence.

David Cronenberg A History of Violence 2005

William Hurt as the memorable gangster Richie Cusack with the strangely uncomfortable mustacheless goatee. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Monday, February 28, 2022

rituals in transfigured time

(some women filmmakers)

Maren Ade

German producer, screenwriter, and director mostly known for her 2016 film Toni Erdmann. Ade also produced Valeska Grisebach's stunning film Western (2017).

Chantal Akerman

Belgian director whom many will claim as their favorite director (myself included). Akerman transformed time so beautifully with her 1975 film Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, that it was impossible to not look at any other film without referencing it. Other essential films are Les Années 80 (1983), Les Rendez-vous d'Anna (1978), Je Tu Il Elle (1974), Saute ma Ville (1968), and News from Home (1977). Sadly in 2015 Akerman took her life at the age of 65.

Allison Anders

American independent director known for her 90s films Gas Food Lodging (1992), Mi Vida Loca (1993), and Grace of My Heart (1996). She was also a production assistant on Paris, Texas.

Kamila Andini

Indonesian director known for her debut film The Mirror Never Lies (2011).

Maya Angelou

The poet's one feature film: Down in the Delta (1998) on motherhood and dipsomania.

Gillian Armstrong

Australian director, known for My Brilliant Career (1979), Little Women (1994), and Oscar and Lucinda (1997).

Andrea Arnold

Brilliant English filmmaker and former actor Andrea Arnold, her immensely impressive filmography includes the films Wasp (2003), Red Road (2006), Fish Tank (2009), Wuthering Heights (2011), American Honey (2016), episodes of I Love Dick (2017), and the 2021 documentary Cow which is a portrait of a dairy-farm cow’s life span.

Dorothy Arzner

American Hollywood director making films from the 1920s into the early 1940s.

Lila Avilés

Mexican director, screenwriter, and producer known for her 2018 film The Chambermaid.

Ilisa Barbash

Barbash is the curator of visual anthropology at Harvard’s Peabody Museum. She co-directed and co-produced In and Out of Africa (1992), P.O.V. (2011) and the documentary masterpiece Sweetgrass (2009) that follows modern-day shepherds leading their sheep up into Montana's Absaroka-Beartooth mountains.

Corinna Belz

German filmmaker who directed the wonderful portrait of the artists Gerhard Richter Painting (2011), and Peter Handke: In the Woods, Might be Late (2016).

Sadie Benning

Born 1973 in Milwaukee, and daughter of James Benning. Benning is known for experimenting with the moving image as a child with a Fisher-Price Pixelvision PXL-2000 toy camera. She also co founded the band Le Tigre.

Ann Biderman

American film and television writer known for the intense portrait of Los Angeles police officers Southland (2009-2013).

Susanne Bier

Danish film director, screenwriter, and producer. Bier directed After the Wedding (2006) with Mads Mikkelsen, and The Night Manager (2016) with Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie.

Kathryn Bigelow

Hugely talented American director, responsible for many classics such as the outlaw biker film The Loveless (1981) with Willem Dafoe and musician Robert Gordon, the uncomfortable neo-western/vampire film Near Dark (1987) with Lance Henriksen and Bill Paxton, and the gritty 90s classic surf/bank robbery film Point Break (1991). Not without interest are Strange Days (1995), and The Hurt Locker (2008).

Lizzie Borden

Not the tried and acquitted axe murderer, but the American filmmaker who directed Working Girls (1986) focussing on the life of several prostitutes in a Manhattan brothel, and the documentary-style feminist fiction film Born in Flames (1983).

Catherine Breillat

Not for everyone, the French director who's 2001 film Fat Girl is an alternative coming-of-age film with two sisters Anaïs Pingot and Elena Pingot, perhaps inspired by Anaïs Nin?

Mary Ellen Bute

Pioneer American animator mastering the concept of visual music. The Houston born filmmaker made fourteen abstract films between the 1930s to the 1950s set to classical music. I was fortunate to be initiated to her work at the 1995 Harvard Film Archive show Articulated Light: The Emergence of Abstract Film in America curated by Bruce Posner and presented by Cecile Starr.

Jane Campion

New Zealand director, screenwriter, and producer, and the first female filmmaker to receive the Palme d'Or for her 1993 film The Piano. As a high school kid seeing The Piano on the big screen was completely overwhelming and still resonates within me. Her films Sweetie (1989), An Angel at My Table (1990), Holy Smoke! (1998), In the Cut (2003), Bright Star (2009), the television show Top of the Lake (2013), and Power of the Dog (2021), are all monumental works.

Niki Caro

New Zealand director and screenwriter responsible for the 2002 film Whale Rider.

Xan (Alexandra) Cassavetes

Daughter of Gena Rowlands and John Cassavetes. Her 2002 film Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession is essential to anyone interested in the history of film as art and its reception in the United States.

Liliana Cavani

Italian director who made the insane 1974 film The Night Porter.

Lisa Cholodenko

American screenwriter and director. Cholodenko wrote and directed the films High Art (1998), Laurel Canyon (2002), The Kids Are All Right (2010), the HBO four-part mini-series Olive Kitteridge, the first three episodes of Netflix's Unbelievable (2019), and several episodes of Homicide: Life on the Street and Six Feet Under.

Chinonye Chukwu

Nigerian-American film director best known for the 2019 film Clemency with Alfre Woodard.

Christina Choe

American director, made Nancy in  2018 starring Andrea Riseborough.

Věra Chytilová

Avant-garde Czech film director best known for her 1966 Czech New Wave film Daisies.

Shirley Clarke

Seeing Shirley Clarke's 1963 film The Cool World in college was a huge event for this film enthusiast, and it is strange to have never heard mention of the masterpiece since then. The film follows the Royal Pythons, a youth gang in Harlem, specifically a 15 year-old gangster Duke (Hampton Clanton), and a racketeer named Priest (Carl Lee). The music is by Mal Waldron and The Dizzy Gillespie quintet. Clarke also made the film version of the 1959 New York City's Living Theater group play The Connection by Jack Gelber, initially with Jackie McLean, Freddie Redd, Cecil Taylor, Warren Finnerty, and Carl Lee, many of whom appear in Clarke's film. She also directed Skyscraper (1959), Portrait of Jason (1967), and Ornette: Made in America (1985).

Maya Daren

Towering figure in the early New York City avant'garde film scene, hanging out with Marcel Duchamp, André Breton, John Cage, and Anaïs Nin, Deren influenced countless filmmakers such as Stan Brakhage, Curtis Harrington, Kenneth Anger, and Carolee Schneemann. She had creative partnerships with two husbands Alexander Hammid (Meshes in the Afternoon and Ritual in Transfigured Time, The Private Life of a Cat) and later Teiji Itō whom did music for Meshes of the Afternoon and Meditation on Violence. Other essential films include At Land (1944), A Study in Choreography for Camera (1945), and Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti. Her contributions to the history of experimental/avant'garde cinema are beyond essential.

Julie Dash

One of the filmmakers in the L.A. Rebellion group, known for her films Four Women (1975), Illusions (1982), and Daughters of the Dust (1991).

Storm de Hirsch

Pioneer 1960s New York City avant'garde filmmaker and poet, one of the founding members of the Film-Makers' Cooperative and early editor of Film Culture magazine; Storm de Hirsch is known for her frame-by-frame etching and painting and metadiagetic editing.

Claire Denis

French filmmaker known for her films I Can't Sleep (1994), Beau Travail (1999), Trouble Every Day (2001), Friday Night (2002), 35 Shots of Rum (2008), White Material (2009), Les Salauds (2013), High Life (2018) and Fire (2022). Memorably scored by the English band Tindersticks.

Mati Diop

French/Senegalese filmmaker and actress who starred in Claire Denis' film 35 Shots of Rum (2008). Diop went on to direct the stunning 2019 supernatural romantic drama Atlantics (Atlantique) which competed for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

Evelina Domnitch

Along with Dmitry Gelfand, Evelina Domnitch explores visual and invisible phenomena through the moving image and installations.

Julia Ducournau

French film director and screenwriter. Her crazy as f*ck virtuosic, sensitive, and deranged film Titane won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

Germaine Dulac

French filmmaker, film theorist, journalist and critic known for the 1928 film The Seashell and the Clergyman.

Cheryl Dunye

Dunye's The Watermelon Woman was the first gay African-American female filmmaker's feature film.

Ava DuVernay

California filmmaker, directed Middle of Nowhere (2012), Selma (2014) and When They See Us (2019).

Nora Ephron

NYC Romcom director known for writing Silkwood (1983), Heartburn (1986), When Harry Met Sally... (1989) and directing Sleepless in Seattle (1993) and You've Got Mail (1998). Growing up hating the genre, they are actually not bad films when you watch them.

Valie Export

I still remember as a college student the pain and transcendence experienced while watching Export's 1973 film Remote, Remote, where she cuts her cuticles and dips her bloodied hand in a bowl of milk. The Austrian artist and filmmaker is best known for her public performances, expanded cinema work, video installations, computer animations, photography, and sculpture. Memorable is Export's TAP and TOUCH Cinema where her naked chest is obscured with a mini makeshift ‘movie theatre’, and passers by are challenged to engage with her cinema.

Valerie Faris

Music video director team Valerie Faris and her husband Jonathan Dayton co-directed the 2006 feature film Little Miss Sunshine.

Sophie Fiennes

English film director and producer, the sister of actors Ralph and Joseph Fiennes. Fiennes produced and directed the documentary The Pervert's Guide to Cinema and The Pervert's Guide to Ideology with the philosopher and psychoanalyst Slavoj Žižek. Her 2010 documentary on Anselm Kiefer Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow focuses on Kiefer's site specific work at his abandoned factory complex outside Barjac France.

Greta Gerwig

American actress and director from Sacramento California, after starring in Noah Baumbach's Greenberg (2010) and Frances Ha (2012), Gerwig directed the lovely film Lady Bird (2017) on growing up in the early aughts in Sacramento.

Bette Gordon

American director, made the gritty film Variety (1983), and the experimental film I-94 (1974) with James Benning.

Marleen Gorris

Dutch writer and director, her 1995 film Antonia's Line won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

Debra Granik

Cambridge Massachusetts born director best known for her films Down to the Bone (2004) and Winter's Bone (2010).

Nancy Graves

American sculptor, painter, printmaker, and filmmaker. Her 1970 film Izy Boukir documents camels in the Sahara. The 1973 film Aves: Magnificent Frigate Bird, Great Flamingo is a multilayered motion study of overlapping forms in flight. The 1974 Reflections on the Moon is a black and white abstraction showing the passage of a camera over a static surface comprised of 200 stills of lunar surface.

Valeska Grisebach

German director and part of the Berlin School of filmmaking, who's film Western (2017) is shockingly original and has a kick like a mule.

Alice Guy-Blaché

French pioneer filmmaker working from 1896 to 1920.

Lucile Hadžihalilović

French writer and director whom grew up in Morocco. Her films include the 2004 mystery drama Innocence, the 2015 water focused horror/thriller Evolution, and editing for many films including Gaspar Noé's I Stand Alone (1998).

Mary Harron

Canadian filmmaker and screenwriter, directed the indie hits I Shot Andy Warhol (1996) and American Psycho (2000).

Amy Heckerling

American filmmaker known for the classic 80s films Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985), and the 1995 film Clueless.

Marielle Heller

American writer, director, and actress best known for directing the films The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015), Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018), and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019). Her acting in The Queen’s Gambit (2020) really gives an extra push to an already solid show.

Eliza Hittman

New York City screenwriter, film director, and producer. The Brooklyn based film Beach Rats (2017) about a high school boy dangerously hooking up with older men via the internet was definitely interesting, but the 2020 film Never Rarely Sometimes Always about a young girl traveling to the big city (Manhattan and Brooklyn) to get an abortion is a modern day classic worthy of many rewatches and close study.

Joanna Hogg

British film director and screenwriter. In the late 1970s Hogg worked as a photographer and made experimental super-8 films after borrowing a camera from her mentor Derek Jarman. Her feature films include her debut Unrelated (2007), Archipelago (2010), Exhibition (2013), and the sublime duo The Souvenir (2019) and The Souvenir Part II (2021).

Amy Holden Jones

American screenwriter, editor and film director. In addition to directing the memorable film Love Letters (1983) starring Jamie Lee Curtis and James Keach, Jones edited American Boy: A Profile of Steven Prince (1978), and wrote Mystic Pizza (1988).

Agnieszka Holland

Polish film and television director and screenwriter. Holland was initially an assistant to directors Krzysztof Zanussi and Andrzej Wajda, and then emigrated to France. Her works include the historic war drama Europa Europa (1990), the fantasy drama The Secret Garden (1993), three episodes of the heaviest of television shows The Wire (2004, 2006, and 2008), three episodes of the Seattle crime drama The Killing (2011 and 2012), three episodes of House of Cards (2015 and 2017), and the truly strange and mysterious 2017 Polish crime film Spoor, which is a film that has not left my head since seeing it.

Nancy Holt

American artist whom made films related to Land Art, her own and work by Robert Smithson and Michael Heizer. The films include Mono Lake (1968), East Coast, West Coast (1969), Swamp (1971), Sun Tunnels (1978), and was the cinematographer for Robert Smithson's film Spiral Jetty (1970).

Ágnes Hranitzky

Hungarian film editor and director whom co-directed The Man From London and The Turin Horse with her spouse Béla Tarr.

Sophie Huber

Swiss actress and director, known for her documentary Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction (2012).

Ann Hui

Hong Kong New Wave film director, producer, screenwriter and actress. Known for her Vietnam Trilogy including Below the Lion Rock (1978), The Story of Woo Viet (1981), and Boat People (1983).

Courtney Hunt

American director and screenwriter who directed the stunning debut feature film Frozen River 2008 starring Melissa Leo.

Patty Jenkins

American film director, screenwriter, and producer who's debut film Monster (2003) on serial killer Aileen Wuornos stars Charlize Theron and Christina Ricci.

Tamara Jenkins

American filmmaker known for her feature films The Savages (2007) with Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Private Life (2018) with Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn.

Gloria Katz

American director, screenwriter and film producer. Most notably Katz co-directed the 1973 supernatural horror film Messiah of Evil with her husband Willard Huyck. The film takes place in the California beach town of Point Dume, same place where Treehorn’s beach party in The Big Lebowski was filmed, and many scenes from Planet of the Apes. Katz also wrote the screenplays for American Graffiti (1973) and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984). Katz and Huyck were also script doctors for Lucas, including his film Star Wars.

Marjorie Keller

New York experimental filmmaker, activist, author, and film scholar. Keller was a student of Stan Brakhage, and wrote the book The Untutored Eye: Childhood in the Films of Cocteau, Cornell and Brakhage, published in 1986. Her many films include Misconception (1977), Daughters of Chaos (1980), and Herein (1991).

Jennifer Kent

Australian actress, writer and director. Her debut film The Babadook (2014) and her second film The Nightingale (2018) are truly disturbing and one doesn't come away unscathed.

So Yong Kim

Korean American filmmaker known for In Between Days (2006), Treeless Mountain (2008), For Ellen (2012), and Lovesong (2016).

Barbara Kopple

American filmmaker known for her documentary Harlan County, USA (1976) on the 1973 Brookside Strike of 180 coal miners and their wives against the Duke Power Company-owned Eastover Coal Company's Brookside Mine and Prep Plant in Harlan County, southeast Kentucky.

Tamara Kotevska

Macedonian filmmaker, co-directed the 2019 documentary Honeyland with Ljubomir Stefanov which portrays the life of Hatidže Muratova, a beekeeper of wild bees who lives in the remote mountain village of Bekirlija.

Kasi Lemmons

American film director, screenwriter, and actress, known for Eve's Bayou (1997)

Helen Levitt

New York City photographer, director, editor and cinematographer. Levitt made the documentary In the Street (1948) with Janice Loeb and James Agee, a document of life on the streets of Spanish Harlem  made with hidden 16mm film cameras.

Jeanne Liotta

American experimental filmmaker, born in Brooklyn in 1960.

Jennie Livingston

American director best known for the 1990 documentary Paris is Burning, which chronicles NYC Ball Culture.

Barbara Loden

American actress and director. Loden wrote, starred in, produced and director the 1970 masterpiece Wanda, a portrait of a wanderer who's actions veer toward the out of control. Loden left a strong mark as an actress in Splendor in the Grass (1961). Her scenes with Burt Lancaster in Frank Perry's The Swimmer (1968) were replaced by Janice Rule.

Rose Lowder

French-Peruvian avant-garde filmmaker, her films mostly deal with abstracting nature.

Mary Lucier

Pioneer video artist. Of particular note in Lucier's oeuvre is the video works from the 1970s where she focused the camera on the sun and burned the recording tube, seen in such works as Dawn Burn (1975), Paris Dawn Burn (1977) and Equinox (1979).

Ida Lupino

English-American actress, singer, director, and producer.  Lupina worked in the periphery of 1950s Hollywood directing the film noir The Hitch-Hiker (1953) with Edmond O'Brien, William Talman and Frank Lovejoy. Also Not Wanted (1948), Never Fear (1950), Outrage (1950),  The Bigamist (1953), and and  uncredited on On Dangerous Ground 1951. As an actress, Lupina is most memorable in High Sierra (1941) with Humphrey Bogart.

Babette Mangolte

French cinematographer, film director, and photographer best known for her work with Chantal Akerman: Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975) and News from Home (1977). Mangolte also documented performance works of choreographers like Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, David Gordon, and Yvonne Rainer. Mangold directed many films from 1973 to 2013.

Elaine May

American comedian, film director, screenwriter, playwright, and actress. In the 1950s May was in the influential improv comedy due with Mike Nichols; Nichols and May. Her directorial efforts include A New Leaf (1971) The Heartbreak Kid (1972) Mikey and Nicky (1976) and Ishtar (1987) with A New Leaf being one of the best films of the 1970s. In addition to her directed films, May wrote the screenplay for The Birdcage (1996), Heaven Can Wait (1978) and uncredited contribution to Tootsie (1982). As an actress May made quite an impression in Small Time Crooks (2000) and her own A New Leaf (1971).

Marie Menken

New York City experimental filmmaker and painter. Menken and her husband Willard Maas lived in a Brooklyn Heights apartment where they had an avant'garde circle of filmmakers such as Stan Brakhage, Kenneth Anger, and Andy Warhol. Menken was a huge influence on these artists. It is said that Menken and Maas' drunken fights were an influence on Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. All of Menken's films are just stunning, perhaps a good place to start is Arabesque for Kenneth Anger (1961).

Rebecca Miller

American filmmaker and novelist. Her 2002 indie film Personal Velocity: Three Portraits focuses on three women who have reached a turning point in their lives, starring Kyra Sedgwick, Parker Posey, and Fairuza Balk.

Trinh T. Minh-ha

Born in Hanoi. Her first 16mm film, Reassemblage from 1983 was filmed in Senegal, picturing the dwellings and everyday life of the Sereer people and is a non-linear  montage of sounds and visuals.

Jocelyn Moorhouse

Australian screenwriter, producer, and film director. Her 1991 debut film Proof stars Hugo Weaving, Geneviève Picot and Russell Crowe with Weaving as a blind photographer adverse to romance. Moorhouse also produced her husband P.J. Hogan's film Muriel's Wedding (1994) starring Toni Collette.

Mira Nair

Indian-American director known for Mississippi Masala (1991) and Monsoon Wedding (2001).

Gunvor Nelson

Swedish pioneer experimental filmmaker, most of her better known films made while she lived in the Bay Area in the mid 1960s and early 1970s. Some works include Schmeerguntz (1965 with Dorothy Wiley), the audiovisual masterpiece My Name Is Oona (1969), Take Off (1972), and the portrait of her dying mother Time Being (1991).

Marie Nyreröd

Swedish filmmaker know for her portrait of Ingmar Bergman and his home Bergman Island (2004).

Yoko Ono

Japanese Fluxus artist and singer/songwriter who made a number of Fluxfilms (aka Fluxus films) including One (1966), Eye Blink (1966), Four (1966), as well as other films, the most well known being Fly (1970).

Véréna Paravel

French anthropologist, filmmaker, and photographer. She works in the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University in Cambridge, USA, and in Paris, France. She co-directed Leviathan (2012), with Lucien Castaing-Taylor, the highly abstract film about the North American fishing industry.

Kimberly Peirce

American director known for her debut film Boys Don't Cry (1999) and the The Conceptual Fuck episode of I Love Dick (2017).

Sally Potter

English film director and screenwriter best known for directing Orlando (1992) with Tilda Swinton.

Charlotte Pryce

London born experimental filmmaker. I took an history of experimental film class with Pryce at SFAI that uncovered an alternative history of structural film focusing on lesser known artist investigating representations of nature interacting with a camera.

Yvonne Rainer

American minimalist dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker. Rainer made a number of films starting in the 70s that were part autobiography, fiction, soundworks and political.

Lynne Ramsay

Scottish film director, writer, producer, and cinematographer. Ramsay arrived on the scene with the gritty and sublime Ratcatcher (1999), followed by Morvern Callar (2002) with Samantha Morton exploring the darkness. Her abstraction Swimmer (2012), the abstract neo-noir psychological thriller film You Were Never Really Here (2017) with Joaquin Phoenix is clearly one of the best films of the decade.

Dee Rees

American screenwriter and director. Rees is known for her films Pariah (2011), Bessie (2015), Mudbound (2017), and The Last Thing He Wanted (2020). Pariah follows a 17-year-old Black teenager embracing her identity as a lesbian.

Kelly Reichardt

American director and screenwriter, born and raised in Miami Florida. Reichardt received her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Her films are described as part of a minimalist movement in film, but that doesn't quite come across to this viewer, her cinematic style is more a subtle relationship between a non-fiction vérité quality and good old fashioned story telling, low key but profound in a quiet way. Inspired by Todd Haynes' move to Portland OR, Reichardt started making films in Oregon like Old Joy (2006), Wendy and Lucy (2008), Meek's Cutoff (2010), Night Moves (2013), and First Cow (2019). Her film Certain Women (2016) was shot in Montana. One truly profound narrative from Reichardt appears in Certain Women with "the rancher" played by Lily Gladstone, making humble attempts at a relationship with the rather detached Kristen Stewart character by attending her lackluster classes and going to dinner with her. The unrequited love narrative sort of shocked this viewer in how something so quiet could have such an emotional effect.

Lotte Reiniger

German pioneer of silhouette animation.

Alice Rohrwacher

Italian film director, editor and screenwriter. Her film Happy as Lazzaro won the 2018 Best Screenplay Award at the Cannes Film Festival.

Barbara Rubin

New York City underground filmmaker Barbara Rubin's 1963/64 masterpiece Christmas on Earth is as important as any film Jack Smith or Jonas Mekas made. The orgiastic ritual film was inspired by Arthur Rimbaud's A Season in Hell and made when Rubin was 17 years old. Rubin died at age 35 in 1980 after giving birth to her fifth child. She had left the avant'garde life of NYC to become an Hasidic Jew.

Joanna Sarsby

Director of David Attenborough's 1998 masterpiece The Life of Birds.

Nancy Savoca

New York City director initially a production assistant to John Sayles on his film The Brother From Another Planet, and as an assistant auditor for Jonathan Demme for his films Something Wild (1986), and Married to the Mob (1988). Her 1991 coming-of-age film Dogfight with Lili Taylor and River Phoenix starts as a tasteless game where Marines compete to score the ugliest date, and shifts into a beautiful love story.

Carolee Schneemann

Schneemann's 1967 film Fuses is a transcendent erotic masterpiece conceived as a cinematic experience shot through the eyes of her cat Kitch, memorably showing emotional love making between Schneemann and her partner James Tenney, nature abstractions and light moving through and shifting time. The 16mm film was then stained, burned, and directly drawing on for an experience that is as moving as it is sexual.

Céline Sciamma

French screenwriter and film director best known for her 2019 film Portrait of a Lady on Fire. Even more inspiring is her 2014 coming-of-age film Girlhood about Marieme (Karidja Touré), a teenage girl who lives in a rough neighborhood on the outskirts of Paris surrounded by a world full of intimidation and theft.

Susan Seidelman

American film director, producer, and writer. Seidelman directed Smithereens (1982) and Desperately Seeking Susan (1985).

Adrienne Shelly

American actress, film director and screenwriter. She made a big impact on the film scene through Hal Hartley's films The Unbelievable Truth (1989) and Trust (1990). Shelly directed, wrote, and starred in the 2007 film Waitress which was released a year after she was tragically murdered by a 19-year-old construction worker in her West Village apartment.

Larisa Shepitko

Ukrainian Soviet film director, screenwriter and actress. Larisa Shepitko's film The Ascent (1977) is a big film in the art film community. In 1979 Shepitko was tragically killed in a car accident at the age of forty.

Joan Micklin Silver

Omaha Nebraska born filmmaker who moved to New York City in 1967 and became a writer for The Village Voice. Her 1979 film Chilly Scenes of Winter with Mary Beth Hurt, John Heard, Peter Riegert and Gloria Grahame is a brilliant film I watch once a year.

Penelope Spheeris

American film director, producer, and screenwriter. Besides her well-known music trilogy The Decline of Western Civilization, Spheeris' 1984 film Suburbia is a truly profound portrait of the punk lifestyle and 80s counter culture, American dystopianism, parental sexual abuse, and life on the streets of California.

Jill Sprecher

American director, producer and writer. Directed Clockwatchers (1997) starring Parker Posey, Lisa Kudrow, Toni Collette and Alanna Ubach.

Chick Strand

American experimental filmmaker from Northern California. Strand studied anthropology at Berkeley and organized film happenings with Bruce Baillie, whom she founded Canyon Cinema with in 1961. In the early 60s, and started making personal films at age 34 which spanned three decades.

Barbra Streisand

American singer and actress whom directed Yentl (1983) and The Prince of Tides (1991).

Ann Turner

Australian writer and director mostly known for her distinctive 1989 film Celia, the horror coming-of-age film about a young girl in the 1950s who's imagination blurs reality through fantasy and a touch of grimness.

Agnès Varda

French director whom help define the French New Wave, and really went into uncharted territories with films like Vagabond (1985), The Gleaners and I (2000), Ydessa, the Bears etc. (2004), and The Beaches of Agnès (2008).

Phoebe Waller-Bridge

British actress and writer known for her television comedy Fleabag (2016/2019) which really stands out as a great show in a period with so much to watch and so much not worth watching.

Lois Weber

Weber was an American silent film actress, screenwriter, producer and director.

Lina Wertmüller

Italian film director and screenwriter best known for her 1970s art house films The Seduction of Mimi (1972), Love and Anarchy (1973), Swept Away (1974), and Seven Beauties (1975).

Joyce Wieland

Canadian experimental filmmaker, Weiland started out as a painter and shifted into filmmaking when she moved to New York City in the early sixties.

Claudia Weill

NYC director known for her stunning 1978 film Girlfriends, starring Melanie Mayron, Christopher Guest, Bob Balaban and Eli Wallach. Had never heard of the film before Criterion issued a blu ray, and the film quickly became a favorite at the offices of the art of memory.

Chloé Zhao

Seeing Zhao's 2017 film The Rider was one of those rare film experiences where a new world of experience through film opens up.  Her Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015) and Nomadland (2020) are equally breathtaking and inspiring works worthy of close attention and rewatches. Zhao was born in Beijing and later went to graduate studies at NYU, she quotes Wong Kar-wai's Happy Together as a major influence, and the work of Spike Lee, Ang Lee, Werner Herzog and Terrence Malick.