Category Archive: Turkish

Distant (Day 91)

My Opinion: 6.7 || Patient character study that does too little with its subject matter. The film’s attentiveness is admirable, but closely observed details are not enough if they don’t lead to insights or deeper feeling.

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The Edge of Heaven (Day 74)

My Opinion: 7.7 || Complex, affecting movie about connections made and connections missed. After a strong beginning, the film becomes a bit strained in the middle (working too hard to set up the connections… Continue reading

Wrong Rosary (Day 32)

My Opinion: 7.5 || Very nice, quiet movie — sweet but not sappy, quiet but not sleepy, gentle but not soft. At every point when it seems we might be heading into familiar dramatic… 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

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

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    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.

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