La femme d’à côté

La femme d’à côté (François Truffaut, 1981)

Two ex-lovers wind up living next door to each other with their respective spouses. Forbidden passions ensue.


Grizzly Man

Grizzly Man (Werner Herzog, 2005)

A devastating and heartrending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzlies in Alaska.


Mother Kusters’ Trip to Heaven

Mother Kusters’ Trip to Heaven (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1975)

Frau Kusters (Brigitte Mira) is preparing dinner late one seemingly ordinary afternoon in her seemingly ordinary kitchen in Frankfurt, Germany. Mrs. Kusters wants to add canned sausages to the stew, her annoying daughter-in-law thinks otherwise. The point, we soon find out, is moot: Mr. Kusters has murdered the personnel director at the soap factory where he works before committing suicide.


Berlin Alexanderplatz – Part I ‘’The Punishment Begins’’

(Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1980)

Adapted from the Alfred Döblin novel of the same name, the short series of 15 ½ hours is an achievement in storytelling and book adaptation. With the boldness of Herr Fassbinder and his fascination for the History of Germany in the first half of the 20th Century Berlin Alexanderplatz holds a cult status amongst cinephiles.


In a Year With 13 Moons

In a Year With 13 Moons (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1978)

This drama follows the last few days in the life of Elvira (formerly Erwin) Weisshaupt. Years before, Erwin told a co-worker, Anton, that he loved him. "Too bad, you aren't a woman," he replied. Erwin took Anton at his word. Trying to salvage something from the wreckage love has made of his life, he now hopes that Anton will not reject him again.


Veronika Voss

Veronika Voss (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1982)

Munich, 1955: A sports journalist meets Veronika Voss (Rosel Zech), an UFA actress who supposedly had an affair with Goebbels. Now declining, Voss is kept by her "kind" doctor, Dr. Katz, supplying her house, food, clean clothes and her favourite: morphine. Voss, trying to come back towards the cinema, cannot perform an absurdly simple scene, but it attracts the attention of the journalist, who suspects that something's very wrong regarding her doctor.


Lola (1981)

Lola (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1981)

West Germany, late 1950s: Lola is a singing prostitute working in a brothel that the town's bigwigs, even the mayor, like to frequent. To the annoyance of the corrupt construction entrepreneurs, especially a crass man named Schukert, the town's new building commissioner von Bohm is an honest and idealistic man who tries to clean up the building license politics from bribery and cheating. 


The Marriage of Maria Braun

The Marriage of Maria Braun (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1979)

A World War II widow seeks to adjust to life in postwar Germany.


88th Oscars Predictions: The Results

In a ceremony hosted by Chris Rock's master hands filled with more humor and gags than before and with a nice pace between the awards and performances and presentations I had a pretty good run at predicting most of the awards. The only half-surprise is the win of Spotlight over The Revenant

The big talk today is Leonardo DiCaprio's win a performance as bad as The Aviator. This says a lot about the young man who uses his upper face too much and gets way too intense to play his parts in full restraint and subtlety. The win of DiCaprio for The Revenant is a steal as big as the year Russell Crowe won for Gladiator or the year Henry Fonda won for On Golden Pond over Burt Lancaster for Atlantic City.
However, I could go on and on about this and he still would have his Oscar and I would be still writing my miserable opinion on this modest blog. 


88th Oscars Predictions

Even if I haven't been that much active lately on Le Mot du Cinephiliaque I wanted to bring my two cents into the ocean of Oscars predictions lists going on all around. Of all the nominees, I only watched Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant, and The Martian. Each film I enjoyed at different levels. I invite you to click on the links of the films to read my reviews of each film.

Enough of this already, let's get on with my actual predictions and my personal picks in every category. Oh, I won't be listing every nominees so if you don't know them please consult this list for the whole damn thing: http://oscar.go.com/nominees

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