A Poem Is a Naked Person: I Shall Be Released
Les Blank’s long-lost documentary revels in the trippy, eccentric world of and surrounding Tulsa Sound pioneer Leon Russell, transforming what might have been a standard concert movie into a genuine work of art.
Inside Llewyn Davis: The Sound of Music
Inside Llewyn Davis takes its protagonist on a Hero’s Journey of characteristically Coen-esque proportions—a voyage at turns serious and comic, and framed by an exquisitely curated selection of folk melodies.
Hiroshima mon amour: Time Indefinite
Overlord: A Soldier for All Seasons
A Woman Under the Influence: The War at Home
Two-Lane Blacktop: Slow Ride
The Royal Tenenbaums: Faded Glories
Three Popular Films by Jean-Pierre Gorin
Dazed and Confused: Dream On
The film is made up of a succession of small visions, observed and executed with apparent ease but thought through with such exquisite care and attention that the experience becomes overwhelming.
Yi Yi: Time and Space
Near the end of Edward Yang’s unjustly maligned 1996 film Mahjong, a teenage boy is humiliated by a group of older women, and he starts to cry. Yang quietly cuts to a vista of Taipei, and the boy’s sobbing merges with the night. A city of sadne…
Five Easy Pieces: The Solitude
Black Narcissus: Empire of the Senses
Summer Hours: A Time to Live and a Time to Die
In this beautiful portrait of a French family, Olivier Assayas is stoically removed yet lovingly attentive to his characters’ vanities, idiosyncrasies, and reserves of goodwill.