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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Film Discoveries of 2015 - Arik Devens

Arik Devens is an iOS developer at Fitbit in San Francisco. In his spare time he’s attempting to watch the entire Criterion Collection, which he writes about at Cinema Gadfly ( This year he started a podcast where he trades  watching Criterion films with his friends, for watching anything they want him to see. It’s confusingly also named Cinema Gadfly (
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The Apu Trilogy - 1955/1956/1959 - Satyajit Ray
I think the greatest praise I can give this landmark trio of films is that I'm writing this while looking at the recent theatrical re-release Janus Films poster, which is hanging over my television. It replaced an Italian poster for The Warriors that I've had for quite a few years. That's how great these films are.

Blow-Up - 1966 - Michelangelo Antonioni
This is the first, and to date only, Antonioni film I've seen, but if this is any indication I'm going to be a big fan. David Hemmings has an almost Malcolm McDowell presence in what ends up being a really interesting existential murder mystery.

No Regrets For Our Youth - 1946 - Akira Kurosawa
I'm fascinated by films released either during, or just after, World War II. It's a time period I have an endless interest in, and to get to see the Japanese perspective immediately post-war was super interesting. It doesn't hurt at all that this is also an Akira Kurosawa film staring Setsuko Hara.

The Love Parade - 1929 - Ernst Lubitsch
It was surprising to me that this comedy of wit and manners still holds up after 80+ years, but it definitely did. I laughed out loud pretty much throughout the entire film, and found myself singing the songs in my head relentlessly. It's a minor work to be sure, but damn it's a lot of fun.

Fårödokument 1979 - 1979 - Ingmar Bergman
This was a random late night Hulu watch, and I'm really glad I happened to stumble upon it. Made by Ingmar Bergman, about the island in Sweden he lived on, it's an absolutely touching film. It's at times heartbreaking, and at times inspirational. If you have any interest in travel documentary, or in places that are far away, this is great watch.

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