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, RogerEbert.com’s Matt Zoller Seitz, Grantland’s Wesley Morris and Preston Wilder at Letterboxd have all slapped it down.

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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.

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From the Festival Circuit

From Telluride and Toronto, Gia Coppola’s Palo Alto: 82/100. 3 reviews. Film.com’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.

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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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