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  1. Darren H

    Criterion sale at Barnes & Noble

    I had a coupon and needed to buy a book and then somehow Only Angels Have Wings, Moonrise, Cat People, and The Black Stallion found their way into my shopping cart. I keep saying I'm done with physical media.
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    TIFF 2018

    I'll be back again -- for the 15th straight year, which is crazy. This is the best lineup in years. The final announcements--including the Discovery program and some stray titles--and the schedule will be unveiled tomorrow. Until, then here are my top 50 titles! (Currently saying prayers to the scheduling gods.) High Life | Claire Denis | Germany/France/USA/United Kingdom/Poland | World Premiere Wavelength Shorts 1 Wavelength Shorts 2 Wavelength Shorts 3 Wavelength Shorts 4 Chocolat on 35mm The Image Book | Jean-Luc Godard | Switzerland/France | North American Premiere The Grand Bizarre | Jodie Mack & Those Who Desire | Elena López Riera | Switzerland/Spain Ash Is Purest White | Jia Zhang-ke | China/France | North American Premiere Transit | Christian Petzold | Germany | North American Premiere Hotel by the River | Hong Sang-soo | South Korea | North American Premiere Long Day's Journey Into Night | Bi Gan | China/France | North American Premiere L. COHEN | James Benning | USA & Arena | Björn Kämmerer | Austria What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire? | Roberto Minervini | Italy/USA/France | North American Premiere Burning Lee Chang-dong | South Korea | North American Premiere Monrovia, Indiana | Frederick Wiseman | USA | North American Premiere Dead Souls | Wang Bing | France/Switzerland | North American Premiere In My Room | Ulrich Köhler | Germany/Italy | North American Premiere Cold War Paweł Pawlikowski | Poland/United Kingdom/France | Canadian Premiere Non-Fiction Olivier Assayas | France | Canadian Premiere A Faithful Man | Louis Garrel | France | World Premiere Asako I & II | Ryusuke Hamaguchi | Japan/France | North American Premiere Maya Mia Hansen-Løve | France | World Premiere The Old Man & The Gun | David Lowery | USA | International Premiere The Trial | Sergei Loznitsa | Netherlands | North American Premiere The Flower | Mariano Llinás | Argentina | North American Premiere Erased,___Ascent of the Invisible | Ghassan Halwani | Lebanon | North American Premiere RAY & LIZ | Richard Billingham | United Kingdom | North American Premiere Donbass | Sergei Loznitsa | Germany/Ukraine/France/Netherlands/Romania | North American Premiere 3 Faces | Jafar Panahi | Iran | North American Premiere If Beale Street Could Talk | Barry Jenkins | USA | World Premiere The Stone Speakers | Igor Drljača | Canada/Bosnia/Herzegovina | World Premiere Belmonte | Federico Veiroj | Uruguay/Spain/Mexico | World Premiere Wildlife Paul Dano | USA | Canadian Premiere Jinpa | Pema Tseden | China | North American Premiere Fausto | Andrea Bussmann | Canada/Mexico | North American Premiere Ulysses & Mona | Sébastien Betbeder | France | World Premiere Our Time | Carlos Reygadas | Mexico/France/Germany/Denmark/Sweden | North American Premiere Meeting Gorbachev | Werner Herzog, André Singer | United Kingdom/USA/Germany | Canadian Premiere Museum | Alonso Ruizpalacios | Mexico | North American Premiere American Dharma | Errol Morris | USA/United Kingdom | North American Premiere Graves Without a Name | Rithy Panh | France/Cambodia | Canadian Premiere Putin's Witnesses | Vitaly Mansky | Latvia/Switzerland/Czech Republic | International Premiere Styx | Wolfgang Fischer | Germany/Austria | North American Premiere Mid90s | Jonah Hill | USA | World Premiere The Quietude | Pablo Trapero | Argentina | North American Premiere Galveston Mélanie Laurent | USA | Canadian Premiere The Land of Steady Habits Nicole Holofcener | USA | World Premiere The Wild Pear Tree | Nuri Bilge Ceylan | Turkey/France/Germany/Bulgaria | North American Premiere Diamantino | Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt | Portugal/France/Brazil | North American Premiere
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    The Rider

    I haven't seen many 2018 films yet, but The Rider is among my favorites. I'm guessing I'm the only arthouse film critic who lives on a horse farm and has spent a lot of time around rodeo riders, so it was fun to talk horses and horse culture with Chloe Zhao. I'm proud of this interview.
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    Podcast Recommendations?

    Pete Holmes (comedian & creator/star of Crashing on HBO) is an acquired taste. He's goofy and laughs too loudly at his own jokes and interrupts his guests constantly, but I really enjoy his podcast, You Made it Weird. The episodes are long (usually two hours), which allows for a lot of diversions and surprising revelations from guests you might have heard interviewed a dozen times before. Holmes was raised in the church, went to Gordon College on a track to become a pastor, and then gradually drifted away from religion. But he's a devoted, obsessive seeker, and every episode of his podcast is designed to eventually work its way to questions of belief and meaning. He's especially good, I think, when talking with name-brand Christians like Rob Bell or his latest guest, Kent Dobson. David Bazan is predictably great too.
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    First Reformed

    Just a quick note for A&F old-timers. It looks like I'm gonna have a sit-down interview with Schrader next week for Filmmaker, and I intend to talk to him about transcendental style, Bresson, Bergman, Tarkovsky, and all of those topics we debated so passionately here (and in other fora) 15 years ago. It feels like a coming home.
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    La Fille Inconnue / The Unknown Girl (2016)

    Thanks, Jeffrey. It's funny that you mention that particular line because I'm not sure that I totally believe it. Even when Jean-Pierre said it, it felt rote compared with the rest of our conversation -- like it was an idea that they were committed to and liked to mention to interviewers. I can imagine them trying to take that stance as writers, but everything about their production model is so measured and controlled. I think they pull more strings than they're willing to admit. My favorite part of the interview is when I pressed them on their expressionist style. Luc is much more chatty and he rambled for a while around the question. Then there was a pause and Jean-Pierre broke their pattern (they always take turns answering questions) to add, "It’s true. [pause] We do try to pick primary colors. We liked to see Jenny dressed in blue and burgundy." I'm weirdly proud of getting that out of him. Critics seldom talk about their films in that way, and the two of them never do.
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    First Reformed

    Agreed. The long conversation near the beginning of the film was the best thing I saw at TIFF. Part of the fun was imagining Schrader alone at a computer, arguing both sides of the debate.
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    La Fille Inconnue / The Unknown Girl (2016)

    My interview was posted a couple weeks ago.
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    First Reformed

    MAJOR SPOILERS (because I want to talk about this with Ken) . . . . . . I have a completely different reading of the end. If you think it's anticipated by Pickpocket, then I assume you think the last image is really happening? I'm 100% sure he has committed suicide and the final moments are him "standing on holy ground." In which case the main point of reference isn't Pickpocket but Through a Glass Darkly, when the father tells his son:
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    TIFF 2017

    Not much recent activity on this forum, but I've been posting my TIFF list here for more than a decade and I'm nothing if not a creature of habit. Anyone else going this year? And if so, what do you think of the lineup? I feel a little unmoored because so few of my favorite directors have films at this festival. I've done my research and made my best guess at what I'm most likely to connect with, but I still know almost nothing about most of these films. For those who haven't been following TIFF news, a third of the lineup this year was directed by women, and I'd guess my schedule has about the same ratio. Thursday, 9/7 BPM (Robin Campillo) The Nothing Factory (Pedro Pinho) Good Luck (Ben Russell) Western (Valeska Grisebach) Friday, 9/8 The Rider (Chloé Zhao) The Future Ahead (Constanza Novick) I Am Not a Witch (Rungano Nyoni) Mrs. Fang (Wang Bing) Wavelengths 1: Appetite for Destruction (6 shorts) Florence (Erkki Kurenniemi) & Prototype (Blake Williams) Saturday, 9/9 Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig) Strangely Ordinary This Devotion (Dani Leventhal, Sheilah Wilson) & Beyond the One (Anna Marziano) Occidental (Neïl Beloufa) High Fantasy (Jenna Bass) Wavelengths 2: Fluid Frontiers (8 shorts) Nina (Juraj Lehotsky) Sunday, 9/10 Hannah (Andrea Pallaoro) ¾ (Ilian Metev) Cocote (Nelson Carlo de los Santos Arias) Wavelengths 3: Figures in a Landscape (7 shorts) Monday, 9/11 Angels Wear White (Vivian Qu) Jeannette, the Childhood of Joan of Arc (Bruno Dumont) Caniba (Véréna Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor) Wavelengths 4: As above, so below (4 shorts) Le Fort Des Fous (Narimane Mari) Tuesday, 9/12 Ex Libris - The New York Public Library (Frederick Wiseman) Outside In (Lynn Shelton) Zama (Lucrecia Martel) Dragonfly Eyes (Xu Bing) Wednesday, 9/13 Lean on Pete (Andrew Haigh) A Fantastic Woman (Sebastián Lelio) I Love You, Daddy (Louis C.K.) Scaffold (Kazik Radwanski) & Ta peau si lisse (Denis Côté) Thursday, 9/14 Professor Marston & the Wonder Women (Angela Robinson) First Reformed (Paul Schrader) Alanis (Anahí Berneri) Let the Corpses Tan (Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani) The Day After (Hong Sangsoo) Friday, 9/15 Dark River (Clio Barnard) Faces Places (Agnès Varda, JR)
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    La Fille Inconnue / The Unknown Girl (2016)

    I hadn't seen the new release date. I guess I need to finish writing up that interview!
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    Something, Anything (2014)

    Well, this is one step closer to happening. From the IFP week announcement . . . James is the Indie Spirit-winning producer of Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Listen Up Philip, and A Ghost Story. And you've probably already heard of Elisabeth Moss.
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    My friend Jordan wrote a great piece about Pat O'Neill recently and posted some compelling side-by-side comparisons on Twitter yesterday: tweet 1, tweet 2, tweet 3.
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    Paterson (2016)

    For the record, my tweets were an attempt to describe the scenario in realistic terms. Jarmusch always has one foot in reality, so I think that kind of description is not only fair but essential to understanding how the films work. I wasn't condemning the film. "It's about an emotionally co-dependent amateur poet in a not-altogether-healthy relationship" is a pretty great starting point for a film. Paterson, obviously, is about other things too.
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    Paterson (2016)

    Isn't that the same thing as "desperately clinging for beauty?" I think you've loaded my comment with a lot more criticism than I intended. I also identify strongly with Paterson -- I'm working through PTSD and am a bit codependent and hyper-vigilant (to quote my therapist), which is why the film made me so anxious. Peter might not have seen my other Tweet last night because it was in conversation with someone: "It still might be really good -- just not in the ways I originally experienced it."