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Richard C. Sarafian (1930-2013)

By Michael T. Toole. Richard C. Sarafian, the versatile Armenian-American director/actor whose most celebrated film, the exhilaratingly existential chase drama, Vanishing Point, is still one of the most actively discussed road films today, died on September 18, 2013 of pneumonia in Los Angeles. He was 83. Richard Caspar Sarafian was born on April 28, 1930, […]

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Prisoners: At the End of a Slippery Slope

By Jacob Mertens. Moral relativism can make for a lousy film. Characters bark and growl about their actions being justified, the narrative halts to brood, the nature of God and sin are clumsily introduced, all for an elusive truth that might as well be out of the filmmakers’ reach. To this point, philosopher John Mackie […]

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Charles Burnett’s Inner City Portrait: Revisiting Killer of Sheep and the post-Watts crisis on film

By Jamie Isbell. Charles Burnett’s UCLA thesis feature Killer of Sheep (1977) has become something of a retrospective masterpiece. A cult artifact speaking to one generation from another, and holding ground as one of the most clarified examples of mid-century European film flavours drifting into the cinematic record of black urban America. Many popular readings […]

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Selected Film Essays and Interviews (Bruce F. Kawin, 2013)

Book Review by Jez Owen.  This collection from academic imprint Anthem Press collates material written by the eminent University of Boulder resident lecturer, critic and theorist Bruce F. Kawin. Written between 1977 and 2001, the work included covers a cross-section of film specific topics; from those defining a film’s particular attitude (violence, politics) to those […]

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Stoker (2013)

By William Repass.   “Just as a flower does not choose its color, we are not responsible for who we come to be. Only once you realize this do you become free. And to become adult…is to become free.” A girl with hair like spilled ink sits alone at her desk, flipping through a book of […]

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The Grays of the IMAX Oz

By Matthew Sorrento. While viewing the new 3D IMAX version of The Wizard of Oz, I didn’t notice anything different in the film’s central color portion. The hues are warm, just like the experience of viewing among first timers who are lucky enough to see it on the big screen. The differences were in the […]

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The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)

By Cleaver Patterson.  Watching the work of German animator Lotte Reiniger, one thing is clear above all else: the magical shadow plays, which were her favorite medium, are perfectly suited to a world of fantasy and make-believe, as seen in her masterpiece The Adventures of Prince Achmed, newly released by the BFI on DVD and […]

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The Kid with a Bike (2011)

By Luke Buckle.  The Dardenne brothers return with another realist-documentary style film, this time depicting eleven year old protagonist Cyril (Thomas Doret) and the disruption to his life after his father (Jérémie Renier) abandoned him, leaving him at a foster home in Seraing. Winning the Grand Prix at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, along with […]

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The Ballad of Narayama (1958)

By John A. Riley.  Keisuke Kinoshita’s colorful elegy The Ballad of Narayama deals with ubasute, the apparently apocryphal Japanese practice of abandoning elderly relatives to the elements, and about which many legends exist. In a village in the Shinano mountains, where food is scarce, we are introduced to Orin, an old woman due to be […]

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Mahi Va Gorbeh: A Venice Film Festival Review

By Moira Sullivan.  The award at the 70th Venice Film Festival called the “Special Orizzonti Award for Innovative Content” went to Shahram Mokri’s Mahi Va Gorbeh (Fish and Cat). The Orrizzonti (Horizons) category features work that takes cinema into new directions. This is well exemplified by acclaimed Iranian writer-director’s amazing feature, bringing to mind such […]

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