The Long Week Closes: No End in Sight December 17, 2016

I hate to keep bringing up the neverending, always growing backlog of work I need to add to the site, but I feel it’s necessary to remind readers that not everything I want to include has been added. Not even close. Since late August, the backlog has gotten completely unmanageable. I’ve been making minor adjustments that have increased my efficiency, though clearly a more radical approach is necessary. I don’t know what the solution is. I die a little every time a film journal or magazine unleashes dozens of articles all at once. The optimistic way of looking at this is that there’s always more to catch up on. I just wish I could instead spend that time going through decades-old archives or learn a new language or two.

And now, the rundown. It was a soft week for new releases. And yes, Rogue One and Fences were deliberately ignored due to a lack of positive reviews. Fewer mainstream movies will be covered by CRU in 2017 than in previous years.

12/19/16 update: I’ve changed my mind and created pages for Rogue One and Fences. Both eventually received enough good reviews that I felt they were worth including. And in the case of Fences, I would’ve added it even if it lacked a positive reception since I’ve now decided CRU should cover any movie that has a decent chance at getting nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.


Neruda (Larraín)

New Releases
Pablo Larraín’s Neruda (Chile)
Ted Fendt’s Short Stay (United States)


The Dumb Girl of Portici (Weber & Smalley)

Cinema of the Past
Lois Weber & Phillips Smalley’s The Dumb Girl of Portici (1916 • United States)
John Huston’s The Asphalt Jungle (1950 • United States)
Federico Fellini’s Roma (1972 • Italy)

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