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Double Eisenbergs Spell Trouble

By Matthew Sorrento. Of all the entries in NPR’s 2013 series “Movies I’ve Seen a Million Times,” Jesse Eisenberg’s is the most bizarre. When asked about a movie he could watch over and over again, this actor casually noted that he “never watches movies. I haven’t seen a movie in, like, ten years.” You’d think […]

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The 57th San Francisco International Film Festival

By Mark James. The San Francisco International Film Festival, which ran April 24 through May 8th of this year, is true to its name in that its greatest strength has always been its international slate of movies. This year, the Festival’s 57th (remember it is the longest running Festival in our hemisphere) was truly exceptional, […]

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Bullet Ballet: An Existentialist Journey through Shibuya

By Giuseppe Sedia.  To certain a degree Bullet Ballet (1998) represents a dividing line in Shin’ya Tsukamoto’s cinematic career that shifted once and for all from film to digital after he entered into his forties. This was certainly a distressing but inevitable transition for the cineaste whose cult arose thanks to the 16mm film camera. […]

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Child’s Pose: The Limits of the Awful Mother

By Christopher Sharrett. Gwendolyn Audrey Foster offers on this site a larger account of Călin Peter Netzer’s Child’s Pose than what follows here. I saw a Region 1 DVD of this film; it is impressive in many respects, yet not as accomplished, to my mind, as some of the exemplary works of the current Romanian […]

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Tribeca 2014 Festival Report

By Michael Miller. At this year’s Tribeca Film Festival several films—both narrative features and documentaries—probed the theme of masculinity from different perspectives. In the buddy film Land Ho! (directed by Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz), Mitch (Earl Lynn Nelson) and Colin (Paul Eenhoorn) are two retired guys each trying to make sense of their new phase […]

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First Fruits of Inspiration: The Films of Wheeler Winston Dixon

By Matthew Sorrento. Here at Film International, we’re honored to have the hardest working man in film culture as a regular contributor. Since taking up film history, theory, and criticism in 1984, Wheeler Winston Dixon has authored and edited over 30 book-length works, on titles ranging from the criticism of Truffaut, the history of the […]

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Yes, but it’s not cinema

By James Knight. It’s been thirty-two years since Wim Wenders shot Room 666 in a hotel room at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival. What concerned Wenders at the time was the future state of cinema, and primarily, cinema’s relationship with television. The film featured several well-known directors alone in a hotel room speaking directly to […]

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Oskar Fischinger 1900-1967: Experiments in Cinematic Abstraction (2013)

A Book Review by Brandon Konecny.  It’s a shame that Oskar Fischinger hasn’t found his way into more literature on avant-garde cinema. Apart from the late William Moritz’s immaculately researched Optical Poetry: The Life and Work of Oskar Fischinger (2004), he remains a figure who’s often referenced along with a slew of other early experimental […]

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The 33rd International Istanbul Film Festival

By N. Buket Cengiz. The 33rd International Istanbul Film Festival was held between April 5th and April 20th, 2014. In the International Competition, The Golden Tulip—named in memory of Şakir Eczacıbaşı, the late director of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV)—was given to Blind, directed by Eskil Vogt. The Istanbul audiences were familiar […]

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Godzilla: Savior of Mankind

By Wheeler Winston Dixon. Godzilla is a simple creature. A relic from the prehistoric era, brought to life by atomic testing, Godzilla has only one aim in life. He just wants to destroy everything in his path, and he doesn’t care one whit about humanity. He’s an inescapable metaphor for the atomic bomb attacks on […]

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