ALL-TIME BOX OFFICE (by dollars) The charts below show the top ten movies of  All-Time Box Office, as they would have been calculated at the end of each calendar year. The dollar amounts are for domestic gross only. (U.S. and Canada) Many high-ranking films have been released multiple times over the past century, and the [...]
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) dir. Jacques Demy I saw The Umbrellas of Cherbourg last June, in just enough time to spoil La La Land. I've learned I'm not the only one to have had the same experience - my father knew exactly how Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone's relationship was going to progress and [...]
Anna Torrent and Isabel Tellería in El espíritu de la colmena (1972) dir. Victor Erice.

I recently was able to tour the Angels & Tomboys exhibition at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, featuring depictions of girls in 19th-century American art.  The introductory sign explains that the paintings "...reveal artists' fascination with this subject, particularly after the Civil War, when the themes of home and its female inhabitants [...]

A Man Escaped or: The Wind Bloweth Where It Listeth (1956) dir. Robert Bresson A Man Escaped is "based on a true story" - in this case the memoirs of French prisoner of war André Devigny.  An opening title tells us 7,000 people died at the Montluc prison at the hands of the Nazis during World War [...]

The apex of René Clair's career was during the transition from silent film to sound. Other great directors successfully made the move during the late 20's and early 30's, but Hitchcock still had yet to perfect his craft, while Chaplin simply put it off as long as he could. Clair managed to keep a consistent [...]

Une femme est une femme (A Woman is a Woman) (1961) - dir. Jean-Luc Godard A Woman Is a Woman is one of Godard's earliest films.  This is back with young, playful, happy Godard; decades before the grumpy, mean, ole crotchety Godard we have now. Godard had reason to be happy.  He was in love with his [...]
Fahrenheit 451 - Cyril Cusack, Oskar Werner

Fahrenheit 451 (1966) dir. François Truffaut The 1990’s campaign against "political correctness" quickly devolved into a way for right-wing commentators to say racist things without getting in trouble.  But the silliness of the anti-PC movement doesn't mean there isn't a point to be made. Liberal society manages multiculturalism by creating a generic, neutral meeting space. "When the [...]
Vivre sa vie

Vivre sa vie (1962) dir. Jean-Luc Godard Pather Panchali (1955) dir. Satyajit Ray Those who aspire at post-postmodernism generally see themselves as rejecting the irony of postmodernism in favor of genuine feeling.  Stuckism and the New Sincerity are sold as anecdotes to the supposed coldness of modern and postmodern art. But I'm starting to think [...]
The Red Balloon

The Red Balloon (1956) dir. Albert Lamorisse The Red Balloon is a classic example of magic realism.  People react to the balloon, but not much differently than I think they would in reality.  Most of us would just assume it seemed as though the balloon was alive, watch for a minute, and then return to [...]
La Jetée

La Jetée (1962) dir. Chris Marker Time travel is a popular device among sci-fi writers, and have often provided a glance at possible utopias and dystopias. Throughout the history of film and literature, only a tiny number of works on time travel have attempted to portray a realistic outcome.  La Jetée is one, and derives [...]