PlayTime

Every Jacques Tati film we watch is my new favorite Jacques Tati film.

This week it's his third M. Hulot film PlayTime (1967). Playing on the same anti-modernism themes of his earlier work, PlayTime is, well, even more playful. Massive, repetitive, dehumanizing sets, delightfully subtle comedic moments. This film is great.

Monsieur Hulot's Holiday

You ever experience a thing and your first thought is "This thing has existed for so long, why am I just now hearing about it?"

Lost in Criterion starts a series of films this week from writer/director Jacques Tati that all qualify. Tati's character M. Hulot is the bridge between Buster Keaton and Mr. Bean, and possibly better than both. Well, certainly better than the latter.

Anyway, the first film, Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (1953), finds our hero on vacation in  a series of gags and anti-gags. It's near perfect comedy, and I only say "near" because these movies get progressively better so I have to leave room for improvement.