L.A. Rep Cinema Pick: A stylish French crime wave, this weekend at the New Beverly

A great double bill of French thrillers at the New Beverly Cinema this weekend: Godard's second feature Le Petit Soldat, with Anna Karina in her debut, and Jean-Pierre Melville's final film Un Flic, starring Alain Delon and Catherine Deneuve. Both movies newly restored in 35mm, too — this could be an ideal way to put the real world on hold for the space of an afternoon or a night. Read more [...]

‘Pola X’: French auteur loses his mind, makes one of his best movies

Leos Carax’s Pola X (1999) is an unhinged work, at times virtually daring the audience not to snicker at it. And yet, prior to this year’s Holy Motors, it was Carax’s most successfully realized film — a lacerating portrait of the artist as deluded fool. Read more [...]

A Christmas Tale (2008)

Arnaud Desplechin’s A Christmas Tale is only intermittently engaging, which makes the fawning reviews the movie received from the film-crit establishment somewhat puzzling. The reviews make me wonder if there isn’t a reflexive need to anoint someone, anyone, The Great French Filmmaker of Our Time. Read more [...]