last week’s films…

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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


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