Things Will Never Be the Same March 3, 2018

All full disclosures are humblebrags.

I’m excited about big changes we’ll be applying to the website on Monday. They’ve been in gestation for almost a year. Stay tuned.

I’m annoyed by the increasingly recycled line that the Berlinale has been off its game for a while and lags far behind its European competitors. First of all, they pretend like we’ve all known this for years when it’s pretty obvious the idea is actually brand new to them. Second, this glosses over the fact that Venice’s lineups recently have been almost equally underwhelming. But I guess people haven’t noticed because, unlike with the Berlinale, no one has written an open letter criticizing Venice’s programming. Yet.

I’m not saying Berlin was a total wasteland this year. There are five movies under the Berlinale slider menu right now that I’m excited to see. (In case you’re reading this on a day after those movies have been switched out, those films are Madeline’s Madeline, Infinite Football, Grass, An Elephant Sitting Still, and Transit.) And there are other movies to look forward to besides those. I guess it’s really Berlin’s competition that’s in the toilet. Their Forum section still offers a reason for optimism.

New Releases
Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? (Travis Wilkerson, United States, 2017, 18 reviews)
Werewolf (Ashley McKenzie, Canada, 2016, 13 reviews)
Foxtrot (Samuel Maoz, Israel, 2017, 6 reviews)

Cinema of the Past
Tom Jones (Tony Richardson, United Kingdom, 1963, 5 reviews)

New Pages This Week (14)
Wild Boys (Bertrand Mandico, France, 2017)
King of Hearts (Philippe de Broca, France, 1966)
I Am Love (Luca Guadagnino, Italy, 2009)
Strange Cargo (Frank Borzage, United States, 1940)
The Mortal Storm (Frank Borzage, United States, 1940)
China Doll (Frank Borzage, United States, 1958)
An Elephant Sitting Still (Hu Bo, China, 2018)
Infinite Football (Corneliu Porumboiu, Romania, 2018)
Deliverance (John Boorman, United States, 1972)
Excalibur (John Boorman, United States, 1981)
Piazza Vittorio (Abel Ferrara, Italy, 2017)
Heroic Purgatory (Yoshishige Yoshida, Japan, 1970)
Coup d’Etat (Yoshishige Yoshida, Japan, 1973)
Sanshiro Sugata (Akira Kurosawa, Japan, 1943)

Images: Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?, Tom Jones.

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