ROBERT MITCHUM MONTH: HIS KIND OF WOMAN

“Mitchum mastered a look of mild amusement at the machinations of the Western and noir plots that followed his characters around. He sometimes seemed like he’d already seen this movie before and was killing time until cocktail hour, unflappable in his commitment to effortlessness. The Rat Pack guys swaggered. Robert Mitchum sauntered.” – Crooked Marquee, 11/05/2021

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SPENCER

Spencer has a lot of the same problems as Lisey’s Story, Larraín’s eight-hour Stephen King adaptation that aired to little notice on Apple TV+ this past summer. He’s a filmmaker who thinks in bold, often abstract images and concepts that don’t always sit well alongside conventionally scripted scenes. I liked the movie a lot until I didn’t anymore.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 11/04/2021

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EL PLANETA

“Dismissed in some circles as a Spanish spin on Girls, the filmmaking has such a wispy, gossamer touch it’s easy to miss how much she’s getting at here in the guise of a breezy confection. Only in the fiendishly clever closing credits do you realize the deep denial diagnosed in El Planeta is suffered not just by these two characters, but also the modern world.” – North Shore Movies, 11/04/2021

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THE SOUVENIR PART II

“A film about mourning, but in an especially British, stiff upper lip fashion. As in the original movie, which dealt with the ravages of addiction in an almost oblique, muted mode, the roiling emotions are kept close to the vest. Hogg again employs an eggshell color palette and elliptical edits. The surfaces are placid, beneath them lies turmoil.” – North Shore Movies, 11/04/2021

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NOIRVEMBER AT THE COOLIDGE AND THE BRATTLE

“Earlier this summer, critic Gerry Peary was conducting a Facebook poll of the best American film noirs, asking colleagues for ranked ballots of their favorites. As I am apparently the only movie reviewer in the world who hates making lists, I was completely flummoxed by Professor Peary’s assignment and told him to just put Touch Of Evil down ten times.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 11/01/2021

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