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Film Scratches: Pregnant Poetry – The River (2016)

Film Scratches focuses on the world of experimental and avant-garde film, especially as practiced by individual artists. It features a mixture of reviews, interviews, and essays. A Review by David Finkelstein. The opening of Ya-Ting Hsu and Geoffrey Hughes’ The River, their 16 minute examination of the repeated traumas of Hsu’s pregnancy, shows both the sound and […]

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A Brief Review of Alien: Covenant

By Vanessa Crispin. Since the release of Alien: Covenant, reviews have been of a mixed variety, some praising it for paying homage to the original, while others dismiss it as Ridley Scott’s possibly last foray into directing. And it is true, the latest film in the franchise is a mixed bag. The opening act establishes […]

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REEL EAST FILM FESTIVAL 2017 Full Schedule Announced: Saturday, June 17

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Please Contact reeleastfilm@gmail.com for more information   Third Annual REEL EAST FILM FESTIVAL Full Schedule Announced, Saturday, June 17, 2017; Tiela Garnett, followed by World Premiere of Sickness and other local premieres   Cherry Hill, NJ (May 28, 2017) – The Reel East Film Festival (REFF), a premiere event in South […]

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International Films abound at the 27th Annual Washington Jewish Film Festival

By Elias Savada. Twenty-seven years on, the Washington Jewish Film Festival remains a vibrant part of the Nation’s Capital scene. As the area’s largest Jewish cultural event, the 12-day program of documentary and narrative movies, running from May 17-28, will feature 63 features and 18 short films representing 25 countries. Screenings, related talks, a concert […]

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A look back at the Alien franchise, and why fans have reason to be cautiously optimistic about Alien: Covenant

By Vanessa Crispin. A milestone for many and still going strong with the fans, Alien (1979), was not only the first film in a successful franchise, but also a first in many other ways. Just in time for the upcoming Alien: Covenant, let’s take a look at what made the original so different from other […]

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Destination Unknown (Tay Garnett, 1932) at the Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art is screening the extremely rare 1933 Tay Garnett film Destination Unknown as part of its “Son of Universal: More Rediscovered Gems from the Laemmle Years” retrospective. Starring Pat O’Brien and Ralph Bellamy, the film has been unseen for decades and was rescued from oblivion by Library of Congress archivist David […]

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Film Scratches: The Underside of Desire – For Your Pleasure (2015)

Film Scratches focuses on the world of experimental and avant-garde film, especially as practiced by individual artists. It features a mixture of reviews, interviews, and essays. A Review by David Finkelstein. For Your Pleasure, a ten-minute black and white short shot on 16mm by Miguel Maldonado, begins with an Oscar Wilde quote: “The gods are strange. It […]

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Film Scratches: Monuments to Guilt – Schuld Sind Alle (2014)

Film Scratches focuses on the world of experimental and avant-garde film, especially as practiced by individual artists. It features a mixture of reviews, interviews, and essays. A Review by David Finkelstein. Schuld Sind Alle is Viktor Dill’s thoughtful five-minute Super8 elegy to the Invalid’s Cemetery in Berlin. The film begins with a black screen, accompanied by the […]

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Film Scratches: Synergy of the Eye and Ear – The Visual Music Films of Jing Wang and Harvey Goldman (2013-2015)

Film Scratches focuses on the world of experimental and avant-garde film, especially as practiced by individual artists. It features a mixture of reviews, interviews, and essays. A Review by David Finkelstein. In Jing Wang’s musical score for Passaddhi, the nine-minute visual music short she created with visual artist Harvey Goldman, we hear a wailing melody in the […]

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Esther C.M. Yau and Tony Williams on Hong Kong Neo-Noir

With a goal to look “closely into the many shades and faces that make up the usual and unusual suspects of neo-noir,” and “to illuminate and enrich an expanding range of global noirs” (2), Eshter C.M. Yau with co-editor – and Film International Contributing Editor – Tony Williams present their edited collection Hong Kong Neo-Noir (Edinburgh University Press, […]

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