Monthly Archives: April 2015

Apu Trilogy Restoration Trailer


The Apu Trilogy Heading to U.S. Cinemas and Blu-ray, March 26, 2015

The Dramatic Story Behind Satyajit Ray’s 50s Masterpiece ‘The Apu Trilogy’, April 14, 2015

play dates

The long road to restoration for Satyajit Ray’s Apu trilogy, Feb 25, 2015

A 35mm negative gets the white glove treatment in Italy, Jul 9, 2014

Restoration of the Apu Trilogy

Noah Baumbach, Joel Coen, Wes Anderson and Jim Jarmusch at the premiere of a restored Pather Panchali at MoMA on May 4th, 2015.

How film restorers brought The Apu Trilogy back to life, May 7, 2015


Maborosi (1995), Kore-eda Hirokazu

With Maborosi (aka Maboroshi no Hikari), I have now seen all of Kore-eda Hirokazu’s feature films. It hasn’t been easy. At least Maborosi and Distance are out of print. Quite a few were non-region 1 dvds from, and a couple from Every one of them were ★★★★ out of 5 stars or greater. I cannot wait for his latest, Our Little Sister (2015) aka Umimachi Diary (a Japanese josei manga (manga for women)), which I just heard about today, which is selected for the Palme d’Or at 2015 Cannes. If I’m lucky enough to catch a limited release showing, this would be my first Kore-eda seen on the big screen.

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014), Ana Lily Amirpour

DVD was just released a few days ago – don’t know if this ever got a limited release. I think it’s available for netflix streaming – it’s on Foreign, Iranian subtitled, Ana Lily Amirpour – her first feature length film. One scene to look for, where he walks up to her from behind, right up to her, not knowing the danger, and she turns, turns ever so slowly, takes forever. Also watch for the Fritz Lang M reference. I’ll add her to my list of directors to follow.  ★★

Maps to the Stars (2014), David Cronenberg

David Cronenberg. Hollywood. Think The Player (1992), with Jack Torrance in the lead. Now where did I leave my axe? Nothing is as it seems. Months of tabloid headlines brought to life. Your hand is poised on the light switch as you hear the skittering across the floor and counter. You know what you’ll see when you flip the switch. Maps to the Stars eases you in with the opening credit animation (which also plays at the end, though almost 180 out). I kept checking the theaters but never saw a limited release showing. This would have played well on the big screen. I need to see it again.  ★★★★1/4

The Immigrant (2013) and La Strada (1954)

Just saw The Immigrant yesterday and then tuned in to TCM a few hours later and watched La Strada. Then it hit me, right when Zampano was chasing Il Matto the first time, these two films are connected. In The Immigrant, substitute Bruno Weiss for Zampano, and Emil for Il Matto, and of course Ewa for Gelsomina. Such a great homage.

Not that this is ground breaking news, as when I did a search for The Immigrant and La Strada, this connection has of course already been made by many reviewers. I just happened to see both back to back – an outstanding double feature!

And the final scene was unforgettable and so beautifully done.

The Immigrant is essential viewing.

Opens today, Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2014), David Zellner

Jun 19, 2015 iTunes release

more playdates

edit to add: 5/1/15 openings:

edit to add: 4.22.2015 openings

edit to add: 4.10.2015 openings

Here’s where we open today! More coming next week. 4/4/15,

World of Tomorrow (2015), Don Hertzfeldt

Nominated for an Oscar for his animated short Rejected (2000), I’ve been watching a few of his films lately. Just got his dvd: Don Hertzfeldt Volume 2: 2006-2011, which includes the following 3 films:

It’s Such a Beautiful Day (2012)
I Am So Proud of You (2008)
Everything Will Be OK (2006)

I’ve since ordered  Volume 1, 1995-2005; Animated Shorts by Don Hertzfeldt.

I had heard his new short, World of Tomorrow, would be available via video on demand (vod) March 31, 2015. So I thought I’d check it out.

I’ve seen three 2015 films so far, two at the theater (It Follows and ’71). World of Tomorrow is my current #1.

From his forward: i learned very quickly that you cannot direct a four year old. you cannot even expect a four year old to recite lines back at you.