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Wings (1927)

By Jude Warne.  On May 16th 1929, in Hollywood’s Hotel Roosevelt, it was announced that William Wellman’s film Wings had won the first “Best Picture” Academy Award, or the “Best Picture, Production” Academy Award as it was then called. Eighty-five years later, Eureka! Entertainment has re-released Wellman’s Oscar winner in an impressive Blu-ray/DVD package that […]

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The Most Important Film Book of 2014: Film Manifestos and Global Cinema Cultures

A Book Review by Wheeler Winston Dixon. Literally hundreds of film books cross my desk every year; I review books on every imaginable genre, director, movement or filmic era on an almost daily basis for a variety of publications, but every so often, a book appears that instantly commands my attention as a work of […]

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Life After the Dark: An Interview with George Blagden

By Tom Ue. George Blagden made his film debut in the independent feature After the Dark (2013, directed by John Huddles), formerly The Philosophers, opposite Rhys Wakefield, Sophie Lowe, James D’Arcy, and Darryl Sabara; he started shooting the same month he graduated from the prestigious Guildhall Drama School, which he attended on a full scholarship. […]

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A Quick Take with Greg McLean on Wolf Creek 2

By Michael T. Toole. Greg McLean is a busy transplant. The Australian director, who struck gold with the unsettlingly graphic outback thriller Wolf Creek back in 2005, is enjoying some LA sun before shooting his latest chill fest, 6 Miranda Drive with Kevin Bacon. If you’re not patient enough for McLean’s current project to come to light, you might try his […]

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SXSW 2014 Festival Report

By Jacob Mertens. I keep trying to think of a breezy anecdote to encapsulate my experience at SXSW this year, but I’m realizing it would be something of a lie. The festival, as great as it was (with perhaps the strongest overall line-up I’ve seen in my several years attending the event), was also tempered […]

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Riot in Cell Block 11: Less Than Convincing

By Christopher Sharrett. Don Siegel has long been known as one of the “Hollywood professionals,” a group of second-string directors whose work was consistently reliable. Siegel’s films are tough and taut; some even applied the meaningless term “master of violence” before it was bestowed on Sam Peckinpah, one of Siegel’s protégé’s; the term of course […]

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The Fictional Christopher Nolan (2013)

A Book Review by Brandon Konecny.  Todd McGowan may well be the finest film theorist currently working in the States. His work is consistently original, and he writes with a concision and lucidity that renders even the most daunting of thinkers accessible. His The Real Gaze: Film Theory After Lacan (2008) and Out of Time: Desire […]

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“A Lioness on the Prowl”: Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin

By Wheeler Winston Dixon. Under The Skin (2013) is being sold on the basis of a simple premise, which is true on the face of it, but also offers just the merest suggestion of what the film is in its totality. Scarlett Johansson plays an alien inhabiting a woman’s body, who trolls through the Scottish […]

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Diva Directors Around the Globe: Spotlight on Isabel Coixet

By Anna Weinstein. Spanish filmmaker Isabel Coixet has directed ten features and three documentaries in the past twenty-five years. Perhaps best known for her award-winning films My Life Without Me (2003) and The Secret Life of Words (2005) starring Sarah Polley, Coixet also directed Elegy (2008) with Ben Kingsley, Penélope Cruz, and Patricia Clarkson, and […]

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Diva Directors Around the Globe: Spotlight on Susanne Bier

By Anna Weinstein. Oscar-winning Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier has directed fifteen films since 1991. Her film Brothers (2004) inspired the 2009 U.S. remake starring Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Tobey Maguire, and her film After the Wedding (2006) was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Picture. Things We Lost in the Fire (2007) was […]

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