Tyranny and the Canon: Problems in Todd Field’s Tár

By Christopher Sharrett. As a way of addressing woke culture, it has precious little to say, especially as it irresponsibly conflates the culture with sexual predation, a glaringly different matter, unless the film is aimed at those with grievances about women having too much power…. There is so little music […]

A Dramatic Tribute to a Lost Reality: The Silent Enemy (1930)

By Jeremy Carr. Apparently supporting the film’s well-intentioned attempt at accuracy, Chief Chauncey Yellow Robe, in a sound prologue to this otherwise silent 1930 film, thus urges viewers to not see those performing in the film as actors, but to consider that what is shown ‘is as it always has […]

A Culture of Violence, with Questions Unanswered: Teodora Ana Miha’s La Civil

By Yun-hua Chen. A compelling portrait of not only a society plagued by violence, and one that conditions its members to be indifferent, irresponsive, and numb.” In Northern Mexico, Cielo’s (Arcelia Ramírez) day starts like any mundane morning. Her daughter Laura lovingly makes her up, jokingly self-compliments their beauty (“like […]

Strange Hits: The Birth (and Deaths) of Cocaine Bear

The reviewer confounded, a “poet” responds…. For the few happy stoners who loved Strange Wilderness…. Three of them were back to the multiplex in early ‘08, night after night (while their supply lasted) bringing the only box office before it closed after a week.  Late-night conversations, fueled by caffeine, conjured desires for a sequel.  Back to […]

Strain in Communities: Three from Berlinale 2023

By Ali Moosavi. The best kind of humour has roots in tragedy.” Silver Haze premiered at the Panorama section of Berlin Film Festival. In most movie productions the starting point is a script (original or adaptation) or at least an idea expanded into a treatment. Sometimes a script is modified […]

Out to Pasture: Nicholas Winding Refn’s Copenhagen Cowboy (Netflix Series, 2023)

By James Slaymaker. A glacially paced revenge-thriller which deliberately denies the audience any sense of tension, excitement or catharsis.” It’s remarkable to think that a scant decade ago, Nicolas Winding Refn was tipped to be the next major player in international art cinema. The rapturous reception of Drive (2011) represented […]

Stirring, if Incomplete: Patricio Guzman’s My Imaginary Country

By Anees Aref. Even if doesn’t quite cover the full breadth of recent Chilean history, Patricio Guzman’s My Imaginary Country does powerfully capture the yearning and communal passion that drives the revolution to this day.” Released in the fall of 2022 and now available on DVD, My Imaginary Country is […]

“Starting with a Lie to Gather Unity” – Abbas Kiarostami: Interviews

A Book Review by Ali Moosavi. The collection, edited by Monika Raesch, is really two books under one cover – an extensive critical introduction to Kiarostami, authored by Raesch, and roughly 100 pages of interviews in which the filmmaker proves to be surprisingly open and eminently quotable.” Though the renowned […]