Category Archives: Film

Movies I’ve Seen: Kedi (2017)

Directed by Ceyda Torun. Music by Kira Fontana. Starring the streets of Istanbul, the cats that roam it, and the people who love them. In Turkish. About five minutes into Kedi, I realized that I wanted to talk at length … Continue reading

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Movies I’ve Seen: Toni Erdmann (2016)

Written and directed by Maren Ade. Starring Sandra Hüller (Ines), Peter Simonischek (Winfried/Toni Erdmann), Thomas Loibl (Gerald), Ingrid Bisu (Anca), and Trystan Pütter (Tim). In German and English, with snatches of Romanian. I don’t know what Toni Erdmann is, exactly, … Continue reading

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Back-to-school film quiz

From Dave Chappelle’s Block Party (2006, dir. Michel Gondry). Over the past year, I’ve co-written (and turned in) in a book manuscript, and worked extensively with its related blog; acquired and shepherded a difficult but incredibly rewarding book from start to … Continue reading

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Buster Keaton #18: The Love Nest (1923)

The Love Nest was the last of Buster Keaton’s two-reelers, before his studio switched over to making features for the next decade. So, there’s an unintentional elegiac quality about the movie, even though it’s rollicking. It has crackerjack comic timing … Continue reading

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Buster Keaton #17: The Balloonatic (1923)

This one’s a photo essay, because I can’t properly put the movie’s beauty into words. Enjoy these glimpses of wonder.

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Buster Keaton #16: Day Dreams (1922)

Day Dreams ended Keaton’s 1922 on a high note. I say that knowing that, here, he probably sang just an octave higher, enough to shatter some wine glasses, beyond what we’re now able to hear. As with Hard Luck and … Continue reading

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Buster Keaton #15: The Electric House (1922)

At first, The Electric House looks like a rehash of The Haunted House, from just a year before. A fully automated, “modern” house goes haywire—its time-saving contraptions become booby traps, ensnaring the very people whose time they’re meant to spare. … Continue reading

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