Unspecified December 16, 2017

In the year of Twin Peaks: The Return, unranked year-end lists have never before looked like such a copout.

This needs to be settled once and for all. I want to know what percentage of people prefer movies and what percentage prefers TV. The received wisdom is that a TV Golden Age began in the late-’90s and that TV has usurped movies about 10-12 years ago, but I don’t think there are any concrete percentages yet. Someone please get to work on that.

I’m starting to get bored spotlighting the same film festivals every year. The festival circuit is a lot bigger than just those seven and I’m considering adding others. The ones I’ll be paying closer attention to are Rotterdam, New Directors/New Films, True/False, Oberhausen, and Il Cinema Ritrovato. Most likely I’ll end up abandoning the idea and add maybe only one of those into the rotation, but I’ll still try to expand my horizons on that front in 2018.

The Work and Whose Streets? aren’t new this week and I don’t think they’re in theaters anymore. Both are documentaries that opened earlier in the year.

New Releases
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Rian Johnson, United States, 2017, 11 reviews)
Wormwood (Errol Morris, United States, 2017, 5 reviews)
Youth (Feng Xiaogang, China, 2017, 3 reviews)
The Work (Jairus McLeary, United States, 2017, 5 reviews)
Whose Streets? (Sabaah Folayan, United States, 2017, 9 reviews)
Update: almost forgot Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond (Chris Smith, United States, 2017, 6 reviews)

Cinema of the Past
Election (Alexander Payne, United States, 1999, 11 reviews)
Women in Love (Ken Russell, United Kingdom, 1969, 5 reviews)
The Age of Innocence (Martin Scorsese, United States, 1993, 14 reviews)
Meet Me in St. Louis (Vincente Minnelli, United States, 1944, 12 reviews)
The Life of Oharu (Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan, 1952, 13 reviews)

New Pages This Week (16)
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Rian Johnson, United States, 2017)
The Work (Jairus McLeary, United States, 2017)
Heremias (Lav Diaz, Philippines, 2006)
The Crucible (Nicholas Hytner, United States, 1996)
The Pharaoh’s Court (Julio Bracho, Mexico, 1944)
The Shadow of the Tyrant (Julio Bracho, Mexico, 1960)
Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond (Chris Smith, United States, 2017)
Royal Wedding (Stanley Donen, United States, 1951)
Fearless Fagan (Stanley Donen, United States, 1952)
Arabesque (Stanley Donen, United States, 1966)
Two for the Road (Stanley Donen, United States, 1967)
Take Aim at the Police Van (Seijun Suzuki, Japan, 1960)
Wormwood (Errol Morris, United States, 2017)
Youth (Feng Xiaogang, China, 2017)
Yeti (Wojciech Bakowski, Poland, 2017)
Sweet Country (Warwick Thornton, Australia, 2017)

Images: Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Election.

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