Category: jim rohner

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I Do Movies Badly: Dans Paris

In this final episode of 2019, Jim talks a little bit about Dans Paris (not a fan), but mostly uses it to wax poetic about Christmas and how his life has changed, is changing, and will continue to change. Merry Christmas, Happy...

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I Do Movies Badly: Rare Exports

It would be easy to assume that Rare Exports is just a dark and cynical twist on the Christmas symbolism of which many people have grown sick, but that wouldn’t do justice to the fine line that writer/director Jalmari Helander straddles between...

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I Do Movies Badly: A Christmas Tale

Arnaud Desplechin’s A Christmas Tale is a mix of emotions, personalities, soundtracks, powerful performances, and filmmaking tricks that masterfully encapsulates the cacophony that results from a reunion of so many people with so much baggage. Desplechin’s aesthetic keeps the audience constantly unsettled,...

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I Do Movies Badly: Okja

Okja may not have made me swear off meat, but its intimacy with an adorable albeit extremely large pig did provide an emotional and critical look at larger societal forces (corporations, police, extremist groups) that all contribute to the oppression and...

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I Do Movies Badly: The Host

The exploration of class separation may be more subtext in The Host than it was text in Memories of Murder, but it still provides fertile ground for exploring the absurdity of authorities that perpetuate the separation of people. Also, go see Parasite!

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I Do Movies Badly: Close-Up

I’m wrapping up September with unadulterated, unfiltered Abbas Kiarostami. Close-Up, the filmmaker’s second feature-length film, radiates the visual and aesthetic ambition of a young filmmaker exploring cinematic conventions for the very first time.  Listen to the end for an exciting announcement about...