Like Someone in Love (2012), Abbas Kiarostami ★★★★★ rewatch
His last film (22 June 1940 – 4 July 2016), and one of his best. Such a slow burn from opening scene to the climactic shot as the credits roll, which by then the water is boiling and the frog is stew.
Taxi (2015), Jafar Panahi ★★★★★
The Wind Will Carry Us (1999), Abbas Kiarostami ★★★★★
There’s a scene where the protagonist is talking to a lady across the way from where he’s staying. In a way you’ll see, she’s noticeable as she hangs the clothes. The next day, he says I was talking to your sister yesterday, and she says No, you were talking to me, and at that moment you realize that he’s a stranger in a strange land.
Seagull’s Eggs (2007), Abbas Kiarostami ★★★★
A short about three eggs and the sea.
Ten (2002), Abbas Kiarostami ★★★★★
I’ve been wanting to see this for ages. Well worth the wait.
Mountains May Depart (2016), Jia Zhangke ★★★★★ movie of the week
One of my favorite modern day directors. I seek out anything and everything that I can get my hands on. So far I’ve seen Unknown Pleasures (2002), The World (2004), Still Life (2006), 24 City (2008), A Touch of Sin (2013), and this one – his latest. Found it streaming on Amazon, of all places. I had hopes of seeing it on the big screen. Like many of his films, this one stars Zhao Tao, who gives a brilliant performance. To put a face to the name, here’s a short clip of her from A Touch of Sin (the longer you watch it the more SPOILERS you’ll encounter).
Red River (1948), Howard Hawks ★★★★★