Monthly Archive: January, 2013

Death of a Cyclist (Day 31)

 My Opinion: 6.3 || A nifty, efficient thriller with above-average directing touches. The premise is one that’s been repeated many times since, and it’s a good one. One of the protagonists undergoes a transformation… Continue reading

Mother (Day 30)

 My Opinion: 5.6 || Do the strengths outweigh the flaws? I can’t decide. It’s slow to develop, many of the characters lack real depth, and the director sometimes seems more intent on tormenting his… Continue reading

Fitzcorraldo (Day 29)

My Opinion: 6.9 || A strong creative vision and captivatingly deranged performance places this in the magnificent failure category. It’s a great portrait of ruthless, megalomaniac idealism and of what happens when we encounter… Continue reading

The Shop On Main Street (Day 28)

My Opinion: 6.6 || Caustic portrait of life in a totalitarian state and the extreme difficulty of reconciling morality with self-preservation. As a film about the Holocaust, it distinguishes itself by not scoring easy… Continue reading

How I Ended The Summer (Day 27)

My Opinion: 3.8 || Ugh. A lazy guy we don’t like makes dumb mistakes that we don’t believe. Slowly.

Close Up (Day 26)

My Opinion: 8.0 || Peculiar, bold, fascinating film — never seen anything quite like it. I can easily imagine people hating the movie’s oddness or finding it dull, but I was absorbed from start… Continue reading

Z (Day 25)

My Opinion: 6.3 || A political thriller with a distinctive style, it’s effective as a wide-ranging procedural but doesn’t succeed as well at the level of emotion and character. Costa-Gavras gives us great breadth,… Continue reading

Not One Less (Day 24)

My Opinion: 6.7 || A movie that steadily gathers narrative and emotional momentum. The naïve, headstrong protagonist Wei is a refreshingly peculiar girl whose flaws are indistinguishable from her strengths. It’s a delicately flavored… Continue reading

3 Idiots (Day 23)

 My Opinion: 6.5 || A lot of fun. The movie is all over the place and not uniformly successful, but the joy is genuine and you’re happy to forgive the moments that don’t work.… Continue reading

The Sicilian Girl (Day 22)

 My Opinion: 6.1 || A good story that’s solidly told. Nothing extraordinary from a filmmaking standpoint, but the movie is entertaining and effective. Although the director does nothing to defy filmmaking convention, he also… Continue reading

  • About Me


    I'm an author and consultant in Portland, Oregon. My novel 'Beheld' will be published this June.

  • The Mission

    To watch and write about one new foreign film a day for 100 days. It's a cinematic world tour -- with an emphasis on diversity of language, era, and style.

    In addition to the daily commentaries, I'll post weekly and monthly wrap-ups. And explore cool ways of graphing the films and my responses to them.

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