The Long Week Closes: The Fatal Aftereffects of Stalker February 18, 2017


Stalker was not Tarkovsky’s final film, but it was likely the movie that eventually killed him. Why don’t more people know the story behind this? Barely any of the reviews I’ve read mentioned how toxic the shooting environment of the film was. The only review that alludes to it is Sheila O’Malley’s, though she believes […]

The Long Week Closes: Keeping Up with the Berlinale February 11, 2017

There wasn’t a lot to cover this week, though reading and posting about the Berlinale is going to keep me busy for the next several days. Berlinale 2017 Index and Rankings. (FYI, you can find any festival index page by typing “[festival name]-[year]”, e.g. “”. To find rankings, switch the festival name and year, e.g. […]

The Long Week Closes: Longform February 4, 2017

This is as good a week as any to recommend one of my favorite podcasts, Longform. In case you aren’t familiar with it (though there’s a good chance you are), it’s a podcast where one of the three hosts interview someone who works in the media, whether they’re a journalist, editor, writer, critic or podcaster. […]

The Long Week Closes: Imogen Sara Smith on Tatsuya Nakadai January 7, 2017


In the new issue of Film Comment, Imogen Sara Smith wrote an article (which is available for free online) about Tatsuya Nakadai and his performance in The Sword of Doom. It’s notoriously hard to write thoughtfully about a performance and avoid vague, interchangeable superlatives. The degree of difficulty is even higher when the performance is […]

The CRU 2016 Top 10 December 31, 2016

I split this off into its own blog post because the previous one was getting pretty long. I wanted to write a little about the CRU Rankings. Here are the number of movies ranked in each list. 2013: 211 2014: 252 2015: 305 2016: 278 While Cinema Scope is escalating its goal every year for […]

The Long Week Closes: Favorites of 2016


Regretfully unseen by me: Silence, Paterson, La La Land, 20th Century Women and a handful of others. I did a much better job of keeping up with what I wanted to see this year than I ever have before. This is partly because I’m choosing to watch fewer new movies and more old ones. In […]