Antonioni’s ‘La Notte’: The death of a marriage has never looked better

Now playing in L.A. in a digital restoration: Seen today, Antonioni's stylish drama about a marriage on the verge of collapse is a welcome reminder that a filmmaker doesn't need a shaky digital camera to convey intimacy or emotional honesty. Read more [...]

“How hard it is to live”: Kieslowski‘s ‘Dekalog’ returns

A subtitled 10-hour series inspired by the Ten Commandments might sound like bitter medicine indeed to some cineastes. But whether you watch it in a theater or at home, Kieslowski's Dekalog is more like a tonic — this is visual storytelling of an almost mind-boggling richness. Read more [...]

Jacques Rivette’s ‘Duelle’: The dangerous goddesses of Paris

Someone needs to release Jacques Rivette’s Duelle (1976) on Blu-Ray or streaming in the U.S. A single viewing is a fine way to be introduced to this entrancing fantasy, but I want to be able to sink into its mysteries and contemplate its puzzles again and again. Read more [...]

‘Valerie and Her Week of Wonders’: what a phantasmagoria looks like

Finally out on a worthy Region 1 release: The 1970 Czech film Valerie and Her Week of Wonders offers an overload of stimuli. It's a surrealist take on a Gothic novel, filmed in a quasi-psychedelic style, with a "freak folk" score. Horror-fantasy has never looked or sounded so enchanting. Read more [...]

Cinematic highlights of 2013: That weekend in Paris in ‘Frances Ha’

One of 2013's best, Frances Ha proved that laughs and filmmaking artistry are compatible, despite the evidence of far too many comedies coming out these days. And no sequence in the movie was funnier than Frances' trip to Paris — scored to an incongruous, irresistibly schlocky 1970s hit. Read more [...]