THE MATCH FACTORY GIRL (Aki Kaurismäki, 1990)

The following is one of the entries from my 100 Greatest Films from Germany, Scandinavia, Finland & Austria list, which I invite you to visit on this site if you haven’t already done so. — Dennis The conclusion of Finnish writer-director-editor Aki Kaurismäki’s “proletariat trilogy,” Tulitikkutehtaan tyttö opens with a brilliantly edited passage recording working-class […]

9 STAR HOTEL (Ido Haar, 2006)

Because film is primarily a visual medium, documentaries that relax their visual interest by including expert interviews—“talking heads”—by default obscure the topic that the experts are addressing and become instead too much “about” those being interviewed. Malon 9 Kochavim, which Ido Haar, a Jewish Israeli, directed, photographed and edited, refreshes for examining a community of […]