Friday, September 28, 2012

Cinephilia Française: September

Hello all. I hope the month of September has been kind to you. For myself, it saw the official launch of my new little French film review column over at Row Three, Cinephilia Française. Covering a new Olivier Assayas film featured at TIFF and three certified classics from before 1950, I think the column got off to a good start - I at least certainly enjoyed writing about all the chosen films, and I'm looking forward to keeping it up with more interesting picks. Likewise, I hope there are some readers out there who are inspired to check out some of these.

Anyways, September's Cinephilia Française reviews are gathered below. Thank you for reading, and stay tuned for more pieces throughout October over at Row Three!

·Zero for Conduct (Jean Vigo, 1933)
·Something in the Air (Olivier Assayas, 2012)
·Children of Paradise (Marcel Carné, 1945)
·The Lower Depths (Jean Renoir, 1936)

Friday, September 7, 2012

Introducing my New French Film Column, Cinephilia Française

Hello all. Over the past week, I've been busy launching a new review column over at the film site Row Three that should prove to be of particular interest if you're a fan of French cinema. Essentially, every week I'll be posting a fresh review of a film that is either affiliated with or can be considered part of France's filmmaking culture. Through this column, titled Cinephilia Française, I hope to re-charge my film reviewing batteries while conducting a fun and far-reaching tour of the rich cache of artistic diversity that has stemmed from France throughout film history.

I've recently posted the first couple of reviews for the column, which cover Jean Vigo's classic rebel yell Zero for Conduct (1933) and Claire Denis' lovely homage to Yasujiro Ozu 35 Shots of Rum (2008). Click here to check out all the French film reviews that have been (and, in the future, will be) filed under the Cinephilia Française category tab, and check back regularly at Row Three to see what films I'll be tackling in the weeks ahead. For the next little bit, I'll be bouncing off of Zero for Conduct and exploring certain films that provide a not-so-sunny vision of revolutionary spirit, including a new title being shown at this year's Toronto International Film Festival from one of the finest French filmmakers working today. Stay tuned!