Listen to America: 75 Movie Song Performances Which Illuminate American Cinema

This is Listen to Britain, Humphrey Jennings’s short documentary combining popular British music with images of homefront Britain in the midst of World War II. (I’m linking via YouTube, but there is a version in much better visual and especially audio quality on the Criterion Channel for subscribers.) I don’t typically spend a lot of… Read More Listen to America: 75 Movie Song Performances Which Illuminate American Cinema

My Sight and Sound 2022 Ballot (It’s Not Real, I’m Just Jealous and Want to Participate)

The Sight and Sound poll invites more than a thousand real critics (i.e., not me) to submit their top ten films to be compiled as part of their decennial results. There will be a new Sight and Sound poll this year, which I’ve been indecently excited about for the past three or four years now,… Read More My Sight and Sound 2022 Ballot (It’s Not Real, I’m Just Jealous and Want to Participate)

The Five-Movies Test or: Which Director Has Had the Best Stretch of Consecutive Feature-Length Films in English?

Steven Hyden introduced his five-albums test more than a decade ago as a third way to judge a band, short of its popularity or its critical acclaim. While this one is not meant to stand on its own—for example, he’s not sure that either Bob Dylan nor the Rolling Stones had made five great albums… Read More The Five-Movies Test or: Which Director Has Had the Best Stretch of Consecutive Feature-Length Films in English?

Belle (2013)

Dir. Amma Asante. Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sam Reid, Sarah Gadon When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place,… Read More Belle (2013)