Delphine Seyrig in “Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles”. Photo: Criterion

Review: JEANNE DIELMAN, 23, QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES

Statically filmed, with long takes, but original and effective as a comment on women’s lives, certainly in tune with sentiments at that time.


Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams in “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga”. Photo: Netflix

Quick Take: EUROVISION SONG CONTEST: THE STORY OF FIRE SAGA

Few laughs, but enthusiastically performed.


Ewa Krzyzewska and Zbigniew Cybulski in “Ashes and Diamonds”. Photo: Janus Films

Review: ASHES AND DIAMONDS

Often described as vibrant and offering something new at the time, a prime example of the Polish Film School.




Harriet Andersson, Gio Petré and Gunnel Lindblom in “Loving Couples”. Photo: Sandrews

Review: LOVING COUPLES

The film takes place almost entirely before the outbreak of the war, but there’s no shortage of drama.


Rosamund Pike in “Radioactive”. Photo: Working Title

Quick Take: RADIOACTIVE

In spite of a good performance by Rosamund Pike, this film is often borderline tedious.


Klaus Kinski in “Aguirre: The Wrath of God”. Photo: BFI Video

Review: AGUIRRE: THE WRATH OF GOD

Klaus Kinski is mesmerizing as Aguirre, the mutineer with a wild-eyed stare.




Renée Jeanne Falconetti in “The Passion of Joan of Arc”. Photo: Gaumont

Review: THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC

Reminds us of how silent cinema kept reaching new heights even as the advent of sound was only a year away.


The Best of the Greatest Cinema Composers

In the past few years I’ve been creating and updating my own Spotify lists of composers.