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Criterion Prediction #89: La Chinoise, by Alexander Miller

17 May

Title: La Chinoise

Year: 1967

Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Cast: Anne Wiazemsky, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Juliet Berto, Michel Semeniako, Lex De Bruijn, Omar Diop

Synopsis: A group of leftist students gathers and discusses their Marxist/Socialist ideals, applying them to the recently established Aden Arabie Cell, a Maoist revolutionary group. Around the time of Chairman Mao’s Cultural Revolution, mounting tensions in Vietnam, American imperialism and Brezhnev’s presiding over the Soviet Empire the five members of the Aden Arabie Cell debate the validity of violence and terrorism in their revolutionary cause.

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Criterion Prediction #88: A Matter of Life and Death, by Alexander Miller

10 May

Title: A Matter of Life and Death aka Stairway to Heaven

Year: 1946

Director: Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger

Cast: Kim Hunter, David Niven, Kathleen Byron, Roger Livesey, Richard Attenborough

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Criterion Prediction #87: The Wind, by Alexander Miller

3 May

Title: The Wind

Year: 1928

Director:  Victor Sjöström

Cast: Lillian Gish, Lars Hanson, Dorothy Cumming, Montague Love

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Shout! Factory Prediction #2: The Ninth Configuration, by Alexander Miller

1 May

Title: The Ninth Configuration

Year: 1980

Director: William Peter Blatty

Cast: Stacy Keach, Scott Wilson, Ed Flanders, Neville Brand, George DiCenzo, Moses Gunn, Robert Loggia, Joe Spinell, Alejandro Rey, Tom Atkins

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Criterion Prediction #86: The Passenger, by Alexander Miller

26 Apr

Title: The Passenger

Year: 1975

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni

Cast: Jack Nicholson, Maria Schneider, Jenny Runacre, Ian Hendry, Steven Berkoff

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Criterion Prediction #85: Dersu Uzala, by Alexander Miller

19 Apr

Title: Dersu Uzala

Year: 1975

Director: Akira Kurosawa

Cast: Maksim Munzuk, Yuriy Solomin, Aleksandr Pyatkov, Nikolai Volkov, Svetlana Danilchenko, Dmitri Korshikov

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Criterion Prediction #84: The King of Comedy, by Alexander Miller

12 Apr

Title: The King of Comedy

Year: 1983

Director: Martin Scorsese

Cast: Robert De Niro, Sandra Bernhard, Jerry Lewis, Diahnne Abbott, Shelly Hack, Catherine Scorsese

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Betting on Zero: The Big Short, by Alexander Miller

7 Apr

If the breadth of stylistic variances among documentary filmmakers is any indication of the genre’s range and scope, it almost feels like anything can be a subject for a solid documentary. Sometimes it’s a question of “is the subject a match for the director?” After all, let’s face it: Alex Gibney couldn’t make In Jackson Heights and Frederick Wiseman isn’t the expressionistic whistle-blower responsible for Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief.

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Cezanne et Moi: J’Snooze, by Alexander Miller

5 Apr

Did the French venerate Dalton Trumbo so much that they decided to desecrate one of their celebrated writers as some bizarre form of cinematic retribution for 2015’s Trumbo? Otherwise, I can’t think of a decent reason for Cezanne et Moi to exist. While this flimsy theory about international biopic revenge sounds ludicrous, try watching Cezanne et Moi and you might have some strange ideas as well.

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Criterion Prediction #83: The Piano, by Alexander Miller

5 Apr

Title: The Piano

Year: 1993

Director: Jane Campion

Cast: Holly Hunter, Sam Neill, Harvey Keitel, Anna Paquin, Cliff Curtis, Kerry Walker

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