Category Archive: Drama

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

Late Spring (Day 21)

My Opinion: 5.6 || I really wish I could rate this higher. It’s a classic that appears on many people’s lists of the best films ever made. But not until the last twenty minutes… Continue reading

Munyurangabo (Day 20)

MY OPINION: 8.0 || Beautiful movie. Filmed without affectation, using hand-held cameras, natural scenery, and amateur (or amateur-seeming) actors to tell a delicate story about family, loyalty, and ethnic conflict. An impressively natural, realistic,… 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

Ivan’s Childhood (Day 16)

My Opinion: 7.2 || Tarkovsky is uninterested in the mechanics of the war and can barely be bothered with plot — the emphasis here is on subjective emotion, moral struggle, and striking visuals. It’s… Continue reading

Kon-Tiki (Day 15)

MY OPINION: 5.7 || This score seems a little low considering that I did enjoy the movie. It’s a pretty flat beginning that doesn’t do much to illuminate Heyerdal’s character or help us feel… Continue reading

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Day 13)

MY OPINION: 6.9 || Such an intriguing movie. It’s like if Andrei Tarkovsky directed a Law & Order episode. From a script by Quentin Tarrantino. Based on a story by Mike Leigh. In Turkish.… Continue reading

Grave of Fireflies (Day 12)

 MY OPINION: 7.3 || Not sure I’ve ever seen a sadder film. Sad, not depressing — big difference — because the story is so profoundly tender. This is delicate aesthetic ground to tread, with… Continue reading

Knife In The Water (Day 11)

 My Opinion: 4.8 || This was Roman Polanski’s first full-length feature, and there’s great skill on display throughout. However, it’s an emotionally cold movie that doesn’t equal the sum of its parts — succeeding… Continue reading

Water (Day 9)

My Opinion: 6.3 || A sensitive, lusciously photographed film that depicts heartbreaking scenes with very little emotional manipulation. Deepa Mehta, who clearly has a great eye for color and composition, manages to indict the… 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.