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Reviews and notes


Unlike many film criticism web sites and blogs, Unexamined Essentials does not seek to issue any definitive, "that is what I have to say about that" statements on any of the titles. If there is one thing that all of the titles (in Top Tier and Essential Viewing) have in common, it is that, by virtue of their appearing on Unexamined Essentials, we are saying: "See this film!" Beyond that, the pieces written for Unexamined Essentials will detail the form and content relationship of each film, i.e. how the film operates in terms of cutting, framing, light, color, shape, as well as the concert of writing, acting, screen acting, and so on.  We are not interested in bringing undue attention to "behind the scenes" tales, gossip, and biographical data.

Also, whenever possible, and time permitting, review pages will include further references - other (and, more often than not, better) reviews on other web sites.

In keeping with the spirit of Unexamined Essentials, every review page is unfinished. We can always add to them, make changes, and so on.

Write for Unexamined Essentials!  If you can submit a short piece that meets our criteria, please query via e-mail:  jaime dot christley at gmail dot com.

All reviews are by Jaime N. Christley unless otherwise stated:

2010
The Crazies (Breck Eisner)
Inception (Christopher Nolan)
The Last Airbender (M. Night Shyamalan)

2009
Les herbes folles (Alain Resnais)

2007
Go Go Tales (Abel Ferrara)
The Romance of Astrea & Celadon (Eric Rohmer)

2005
Princess Raccoon (Seijun Suzuki)

2002
Below (David Twohy)

1995
Rendezvous in Paris (Eric Rohmer)

1993
The Tree, the Mayor, and the Mediatheque (Eric Rohmer)

1989
Sweet Home (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)

1982
Le beau mariage (Eric Rohmer)

1978
Perceval le Gallois (Eric Rohmer)

1967
23rd Psalm Branch (Stan Brakhage)
La collectionneuse (Eric Rohmer)

1965
Two: Creeley/McClure (Stan Brakhage)

1962
Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux (Jean-Luc Godard)

1961
Pigs and Battleships (Shohei Imamura)

1960
The Dead (Stan Brakhage)
1959
Il generale della Rovere (Roberto Rossellini)
The Sign of the Lion (Eric Rohmer)

1957
Legend of the Lost (Henry Hathaway)
Men in War (Anthony Mann)
Mister Cory (Blake Edwards) [by Dan Sallitt]

1956
Bigger Than Life (Nicholas Ray)

1955
The Wonder Ring (Stan Brakhage)

1952
Hellgate (Charles Marquis Warren)

1951
La poison (Sacha Guitry)
Presentation, or Charlotte and Her Steak (Eric Rohmer)

1949
Reign of Terror (Anthony Mann)

1947
Black Narcissus (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger)

1944
The Eve of St. Mark (John M. Stahl) [by Dan Sallitt]

1942
Went the Day Well? (Alberto Cavalcanti)

1939
Stagecoach (John Ford)

1938
La Marsellaise (Jean Renoir)

1931
M (Fritz Lang)

1927
Charleston Parade (Jean Renoir)