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The Do-Deca-Pentathlon (2012): A San Francisco International Film Festival Review

By Janine Gericke. 25 events, 2 brothers, 1 champion. Mark and Jay Duplass’ latest film, The Do-Deca-Pentathlon is an enigmatic comedy about two estranged brothers who want to determine once and for all, who the better brother is. How do they do this? By competing in 25 sporting challenges over the span of one weekend. […]

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Dark Humor in Films of the 1960s – Part 2

By Wheeler Winston Dixon. This is the second article in a 4-part series. You can read Part 1 here. With sick comedy beginning to bubble up through the margins of the studio system in Hollywood, filmmakers in Britain soon leaped on the bandwagon. The country was in a “gallows humour” mood anyway. World War II […]

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12th New Horizons International Film Festival, Wroclaw, July 19th – 29th 2012

By Rob Dennis. The New Horizons Film Festival, taking place for the 12th year in the city of Wroclaw, Poland, displayed a distinctly Latin character this year. With a strand devoted to new Mexican cinema and a retrospective of the films of Carlos Reygadas (showcasing the Polish premiere of his latest, Cannes prize-winner Post Tenebras […]

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Little Ted, Among the Dead

By Matthew Sorrento. Imagine Seth MacFarlane, late at night, banging the deskspace next to his laptop – the real him, not the smiling, media friendly celebrity we’ve come to know. He’s on deadline to return notes for the script of his feature film, to be his feature directorial debut. In an oft-feared version of the […]

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Farewell, My Queen (2012): A San Francisco International Film Festival Review

By Janine Gericke. Versailles calls to mind images of opulence, decadence, couture, ostentatious design and, of course, Marie Antoinette. Filmmaker Benoît Jacquot’s film Farewell, My Queen, based on the novel by Chantal Thomas, shows viewers both sides of this famous palace. The beautiful side, with its lush fabrics, golden hues and encrustations of crystal and […]

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Reopening Pandora’s Box in San Francisco

By Michael T. Toole. It was quite the celebration for both Louise Brooks fans and silent cinéastes in general when the 17th Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival presented a restored print of Pandora’s Box last month. G.W. Pabst’s ever engrossing and eminently stylish examination of pure sexuality and the uninhibited nature that can lead […]

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Embracing The Apocalypse: A World Without People

By Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. “If civilization goes down, that Would be an event to contemplate.” (Robinson Jeffers, “May-June, 1940”) Human-centered popular folktales of Apocalypse and Doomsday narratives of every imaginable scenario are undeniably as powerful and plentiful as they have been from the beginnings of human narrative tradition. Indeed, apocalyptic events permeate a plethora of […]

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Dark Humor in Films of the 1960s – Part 1

By Wheeler Winston Dixon. “There’s a story about an adolescent boy who was taken to a psychiatrist. The doctor drew a rectangle on a sheet of paper and showed it to the boy. ‘What does it make you think of?’ he asked. The boy looked at it and said, ‘Sex.’ The doctor got the same […]

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Old-School Horror: The Monk

By Cleaver Patterson. In the rarefied world of cinema, a place frequently lost in a strong belief of its own self-aggrandisement, horror films are generally considered the poor relation. Designed in the main to terrify they are often relegated straight to dvd, unless you’re talking big budget teenage slashfests like the Scream and Final Destination franchises, or obscure art […]

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Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

By Jacob Mertens. Sown from the fabric of tragedy, Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild ravages through the primeval swamp of the Louisianan bayou with a camera that shakes and slips out of focus. The characters construct shanties from scraps of metal and forgotten rubbish, while their old homes sink into rising waters. They […]

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