Monthly Archives: April 2015

The Last Ten Movies I Saw

1. Breathless (Godard)
2. A Touch of Sin (Jia)
3. Results (Bujalski)
4. Unexpected (Swanberg)
5. Master of the House (Dreyer)
6. Audition (Miike)
7. Germany Year Zero (Rossellini)
8. Bernie (Linklater)
9. Starry Eyes (Kolsch/Widmyer)
10. Chungking Express (Wong)

The Mafia Only Kills in Summer at Cine-File / Cool Apocalypse on The Arts Section


I have a review of Pierfrancesco Diliberto’s The Mafia Only Kills in Summer at Cine-File (originally posted last Friday). I quite liked this popular Italian comedy even though I know its broad satire and sentimentality have made it a tough sell for a lot of American critics. The more one knows about the deadly seriousness of the Mafia problem in Palermo, however, the more I think one is likely to appreciate it (which is probably why it was so successful in Europe and in its home country in particular). It continues a weeklong run at Facets through Thursday. You can peep my review here:

Also, I was recently interviewed by Gary Zidek, host of WDCB’s great “Arts Section” program, about my film Cool Apocalypse in advance of its World Premiere this Saturday night at the Illinois International Film Festival in Aurora. You can listen to the 20 minute interview, which includes an audio clip from the film, here:

The Last Ten Movies I Saw

1. Touch of Evil (Welles)
2. Black Book (Verhoeven)
3. The Mafia Only Kills in Summer (Diliberto)
4. The Babadook (Kent)
5. Paisan (Rossellini)
6. L’amore (Rossellini)
7. Rome, Open City (Rossellini)
8. The Shining (Kubrick)
9. Before Sunset (Linklater)
10. Nymphomaniac Vol. 1 (Von Trier)

Once Upon a Savage Night at Time Out Chicago


Did you know that Robert Altman directed a serial-killer thriller in Chicago in 1964? He was still a neophyte director when he made Once Upon a Savage Night for an NBC television program titled “Kraft Suspense Theater.” Available to view on YouTube today (complete with all-Kraft commercial breaks!), it’s a genuine blast from the past. Read all about it in my latest post for Time Out Chicago:

The Last Ten Movies I Saw

1. Cooley High (Schultz)
2. Throne of Blood (Kurosawa)
3. A Short Film About Killing (Kieslowski)
4. The House of Mystery (Volkoff)
5. The Ice Harvest (Ramis)
6. Nightmare in Chicago (Altman)
7. La Pointe Courte (Varda)
8. Cat People (Tourneur)
9. One Way Boogie Woogie (Benning)
10. Under the Skin (Glazer)

Chicago Latino Film Fest Week Two / Cool Apocalypse Screenings


My single favorite film at this year’s Chicago Latino Film Festival is Operation Zanahoria, a fact-based political thriller from Uruguay that recalls All The President’s Men in its story of journalists uncovering a potential political scandal but which puts its “procedural” thrust to very different and specifically Uruguayan ends. It’s the second feature of Enrique Buchichio who also helmed the formidable Leo’s Room. I will be posting an interview with Buchichio on this site soon. In the meantime, you can check out my review of Operation Zanahoria at Time Out Chicago here:

In other news, I’m pleased to report that my film Cool Apocalypse will be screening at two international Film Festivals next month. Our world premiere will take place at the Illinois International Film Festival in Aurora on Saturday, May 2nd at 7:30pm. Any of my students who attend the premiere will earn TWENTY POINTS extra credit towards their final grade (check your course website for more info). Our second screening will take place at the South Carolina Cultural Film Festival in North Charleston, SC, on Friday, May 8th at 7:40pm. More info about tickets, locations and complete festival lineups can be found on our official website:

The Last Ten Movies I Saw

1. Days of Heaven (Malick)
2. Sunset Boulevard (Wilder)
3. Time of the Gypsies (Kusturica)
4. While We’re Young (Baumbach)
5. Leo’s Room (Buchichio)
6. Office Space (Judge)
7. Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater (Klinger)
8. The Strawberry Blonde (Walsh)
9. Ruggles of Red Gap (McCarey)
10. Rope (Hitchcock)

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