Category Archive: France

Le Cercle Rouge (Day 47)

My Opinion: 7.1 || A clockwork thriller that delivers a beautifully filmed heist sequence and great cat-and-mouse tension. The characters are standard hardboiled types, and some elements of the plot don’t hold up under… Continue reading

Stolen Kisses (Day 45)

My Opinion: 6.5 || A light, pleasantly cheeky romantic comedy. It’s erratic and lumpy in places, but that’s a welcome contrast to the synthetized rom-com pablum that so often gets served today. It helps… Continue reading

The Passion of Joan of Arc (Day 35)

My Opinion: 8.0 || Not perfect, but nevertheless astonishing. The last third is particularly impressive, with a succession of brilliantly crafted images: easily among the best directed sequences I’ve ever seen. Thre are some… Continue reading

Rust and Bone (Day 34)

My Opinion: 6.1 || Several fine pieces, but it doesn’t quite cohere as a story. The director manages texture and mood well, but he grabs too much from the same bag of visual flourishes… 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

The Intouchables (Day 17)

My Opinion: 6.1 || A hugely popular movie that I enjoyed but didn’t love — very entertaining but too comfortable to achieve real poignancy. On the significant plus-side: It moves briskly, it’s consistently funny,… Continue reading

Rififi (Day 4)

My Opinion: 5.3 || I’m a sucker for heist movies. One of the few (maybe only) genres where I can be satisfied with mediocre. And Rififi is not mediocre. In fact, the heist… 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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