Blue Is the Warmest Color, Frances Ha, Akerman November 12, 2013

In order to reduce the number of tweets I make, and also to allow myself to give more details, updates from Twitter will now be posted on this blog. There will still be a few tweets every day, but here I can expand on updates instead of condensing.

New Releases

Abdellatif Kechiche‘s Blue Is the Warmest Color: 76, +1 since Oct. 25. 28 reviews. Reaction has been varied, but in this update, the New Yorker’s Richard Brody, Cine-File’s Shealey Wallace and Carson Lund are all PRO. Also included are a long piece by PhotogĂ©nie’s Tom Paulus that responds to the film’s hostile reaction and another piece by Richard Brody, this one examining the way Kechiche handles the sex scenes.

Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty: 70, +1 since yesterday. 13 reviews. The Village Voice’s Michael Atkinson and Time Out New York’s David Fear both feel that Sorrentino could bring back some much-needed luster to Italian cinema. Also includes new reviews from Slant’s Chuck Bowen and Film Comment’s Marco Grosoli.

Dallas Buyers Club: 70, -1 since Nov. 2. 16 reviews. Updates from San Diego CityBeat’s Glenn Heath Jr., Grantland’s Wesley Morris, the Chicago Reader’s J.R. Jones and Film Comment’s Laura Kern.

Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills: 49, -1 since Oct. 10. 7 reviews, almost all ugly. Las Vegas Weekly’s Mike D’Angelo,’s Matt Zoller Seitz, Grantland’s Wesley Morris and Preston Wilder at Letterboxd have all slapped it down.


Home Video

From Criterion, Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha: 80, no change since Jul. 18. 31 reviews. Updates from Little White Lies’ Anton Bitel, Sight & Sound’s Sophie Mayer, Preston Wilder at Letterboxd and a brand new essay by Annie Baker at Criterion.


From the Festival Circuit

From Telluride and Toronto, Gia Coppola’s Palo Alto: 82/100. 3 reviews.’s David Ehrlich and Film Comment’s Nicolas Rapold and Gavin Smith were all very impressed.

Also from Toronto, veteran French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier’s political satire Quai d’Orsay: 77/100. 3 reviews. Positive reactions from Variety’s Scott Foundas and Film Comment’s Nicolas Rapold and Joumane Chahine.

And from Locarno, El Mudo: 67/100. Directed by Daniel and Diego Vega with a producing credit by Carlos Reygadas. 3 reviews. Film Comment’s Chris Drake, Senses of Cinema’s Jaimey Fisher and the House Next Door’s Michael Pattison.


People Archive

I’ll leave you with 5 links in the Chantal Akerman archive: In addition to reviews of La chambre, Jeanne Dielman, News from Home and Almayer’s Folly; there are two video interviews with Akerman, from 1976 and earlier this month; Jonathan Rosenbaum and the Village Voice’s Melissa Anderson on Akerman; and Akerman on Jean-Luc Godard.

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