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Subverting Capitalism and Blind Faith: Pascal Laugier’s Martyrs

By Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. “It’s not a likable movie. Even me, myself, I hate the film.” (Pascal Laugier) Pascal Laugier’s radically experimental horror film Martyrs (2008) is a persuasive and explosive leveling of capitalism, which is not limited to materialism, the Catholic Church, the cynical genre of torture porn, and the widespread embrace of anti-humanist […]

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When it soars it is a thing of beauty

By Jacob Mertens. “If you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, and if they can’t stop you, then you become something else entirely… A legend, Mr. Wayne.” (Henri Ducard, Batman Begins [2005]) If there is one thing Christopher Nolan understands better than most, it is that a […]

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Wanderers and Nomads in Edinburgh

By Yun-hua Chen. This year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival (20 June-1 July, 2012), led by the new artistic director Chris Fujiwara, differed from last year in a remarkable way. It broke from the previous year’s strong link with University of Edinburgh and strategically placed itself closer to other art forms which will be showcased in […]

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Savages (2012)

By Bryan Nixon. Oliver Stone, the 80’s and 90’s king of aggressively provocative and political American filmmaking (Platoon, Natural Born Killers, JFK), has been directing lackluster films with monstrous ambition over the last decade (Alexander, Wall Street 2, W.). The problem is that he has become regrettably soft in his exploits, which are often sidetracked […]

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Fascism for the 21st Century

By Daniel Lindvall. Without the help of a time machine, watching the The Dark Knight Rises on a big screen will probably remain the closest I’ll ever get to what experiencing a Wagnerian propaganda spectacle in 1930’s Berlin must have felt like. It is not just the celebration of the übermensch in shiny black body […]

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The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

By Steven Harrison Gibbs. As far back as I can remember of my childhood, I have always been a Spider-Man fan. Whether it was watching his animated antics on Fox every Saturday morning, chipping the paint off of action figures via epic battles, bagging and boarding a comic collection that devoured countless allowances, or playing […]

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Upcoming: Film International 57

Margin Call: an Interview with J.C. Chandor ‘I call them “submarine movies” – put them in a submarine, and then you can shoot it really cheap. So Margin Call is a ticking time bomb submarine movie. They’re totally isolated from the outside. It sounds kind of ridiculous, because it is such a topical film, but […]

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Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

By Bryan Nixon. Wes Anderson has been working toward Moonrise Kingdom throughout his career. Having perfected his craft with The Royal Tenenbaums, Anderson dove head first into that quirky and colorful cinematic world he had established by exploring the seven seas in The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou and India in The Darjeeling Limited. In […]

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Silverdocs Film Festival, 18 – 24 June, 2012

By Gary M. Kramer and Michael Miller. Silverdocs, the all-documentary film festival held at the AFI Theatre in Silver Spring, MD, celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. There were many memorable films on a wide variety of subjects from competitors vying for the coveted spot as the human specimen at an Icelandic penis museum to […]

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On the Beach and Humanist Cinema

By Christopher Sharrett. Any attempt at a reevaluation of Stanley Kramer must confront some critical resistances about this director. The common wisdom has it that he was a heavy-handed maker of “message” films (immediately summoning Samuel Goldwyn’s rather repugnant quote about messages and Western Union), guilty of misjudgments, and representative of the excesses of Hollywood […]

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