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Before Midnight (2013): A Sundance Review

By Jacob Mertens. For those who love film, there will always be seminal viewings that helped foster that love. And I do not mean watching classics on Blu-Ray or DVD, or even cassette tape, digesting the film long after its vibrant beginnings. I mean seeing a film in its theatrical run, feeling its importance, and […]

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God Loves Uganda (2013): A Sundance Review

By Jacob Mertens. Allow me to begin this review with a truism: life is complicated. We are born and we die, and everything we build within that span of time grows lonely with our passing. Without ever being a religious man, I have always held the utmost respect for the refuge sought in scripture and […]

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Inside Pim’s Emotional World: A Conversation with Bavo Defurne

By Tom Ue. Born in 1971 and a graduate of the St Lukas Art School in Brussels, artist, photographer, and filmmaker Bavo Defurne established himself as an exciting new talent with a sequence of critically-acclaimed and prize-winning short films that explore gay love and loss, the body, and the power of nature and silence. He […]

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Bringing Up Bobby: A Conversation with Famke Janssen and Spencer List

By Amy R Handler. The strangeness and beauty of Famke Janssen’s first feature film, Bringing Up Bobby (2011) is that it mimics “real life,” at the same time that it exposes the artistry of cinema. This filmmaking-wizardry allows unsuspecting viewers to misconstrue Bobby as comic relief, when it is really, its polar-opposite. Bobby is set […]

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“It was Dr. Schultz, in the library, with a hidden pistol up his sleeve”: Django Unchained (2012)

  By Jacob Mertens. Several hired thugs stand idle in a parlor holding shotguns and revolvers, while two gentlemen put the final touches on a bill of sale for a slave girl in the adjoining library. The civility they maintain stands in stark contrast to the brooding men waiting just beyond the open doors. However, […]

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Dutch Horror Minimalism: Claustrofobia

By Cleaver Patterson. Just when you’d given up hope of ever feeling discomfort in the cinema again, along comes something which reaffirms your faith in the art of tense and edgy film. The Dutch thriller Claustrofobia (2011) is one such exercise. The debut from director Bobby Boermans, starring Carolien Spoor, Dragan Bakema and Thijs Römer, […]

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Secret City (2012)

By Anthony Killick. On November 28, 2012, Secret City, a new feature-length documentary about the City of London and the Corporation that runs it, was screened in Venezuela’s Bolivar Hall in London. As a postgraduate student and member of the production team I have, over the past year, gained insight into the relationship between the […]

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Far from Frodo: Elijah Wood in Maniac

By Cleaver Patterson. The acting profession is littered with the half forgotten careers of stars who, in order to escape the roles which made their names (often in some child-friendly blockbuster), take on shocking or controversial parts to prove that they aren’t just a one trick (or one franchise) pony. Some like Daniel Radcliffe, who laid the […]

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The Future Catches Up With The Past: Peter Bogdanovich’s Targets

By Wheeler Winston Dixon. “Targets are people…and you could be one of them!” (Tagline for Targets) Peter Bogdanovich got his start as a critic and historian, conducting interviews with some of cinema’s most illustrious directors in their twilight years, which were published first in a variety of books and magazines, and finally collected in his […]

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Rolling Thunder and the Poverty of the Vietnam Cinema

By Christopher Sharrett. I recently happened upon a very good Studio Canal DVD of the John Flynn/Paul Schrader film Rolling Thunder (1977). The film, of some distinction at least as a symptom of profound problems within US ideology in the 70s, has always been to me, in Norman Mailer’s words, a “dark fascination,” and one […]

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