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Forsaken Son: Richie Mehta’s Siddharth

By Paul Risker. If film is a visual medium, then Richie Mehta’s Siddharth (2013) places as much emphasis on what is seen as not seen. “Siddharth” is a quest; a father’s search for his missing son whom he suspects has been abducted by child-traffickers. Of this twelve year old child who is the catalyst for […]

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Borgman (2013)

By James Teitelbaum. The pivotal moment in Alex van Warmerdam’s Borgman comes at the end of the first act, when the titular Camiel Borgman (Jan Bijvoet) strides into a forest surrounding the modernist estate inhabited by Marina (Hadewych Minis) and her husband Richard (Jeroen Perceval). After taunting the violent Richard into beating him senseless, Borgman […]

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The Epic of Everest: Closing the Gap Between Man and the Impossibly Distant

By Axel Andersson.  An epic of Everest? The heroics of nature? John Noel’s remarkable 1924 documentary, expertly restored by the BFI with a new evocative score by Simon Fisher Turner, encapsulates the most paradoxical of Romantic tropes. The mountain, Everest, is for sure present—a forbidding thing to be conquered. But it does, naturally, not move. It […]

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The Past As It Is: Agnieszka Holland’s Burning Bush

By Paul Risker. Agnieszka Holland’s three part mini-series Burning Bush (2013) opens with a pictorial and musical energy that swings like a pendulum between freedom and oppression. Just as day and night are two fundamental ontological opposites, so too are these titanic forces. Holland infuses the show’s title sequence with a youthful vitality that is […]

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John Sayles to Attend First Annual REEL EAST FILM FESTIVAL in New Jersey, August 22-23rd; Deadline for Short Film Series Announced

Oaklyn, NJ (July 16, 2014) – The Reel East Film Festival (REFF), a premiere event in South Jersey to be held on August 22-23, 2014 at the historic Ritz Theatre in Oaklyn, NJ, is proud to announce the appearance of John Sayles. Noted filmmaker (Return of the Secaucus 7, The Brother from Another Planet, Matewan, […]

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The Cold Lands, Cold Indeed

By Robert Kenneth Dator. In The Cold Lands prepare for inspired photography by Wyatt Garfield within which images old-growth forests appear like cathedrals; fields of golden rod and sage seem timeless; the blue shadows of the deep woods, in shade or under the silver breath of the moon, transform memory; and clear ponds are scrying […]

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The Art of the Steal: Joyous, Clever, and Fun

By Noah Charney. The first compliment I will pay to the new art heist movie, The Art of the Steal (2013), written and directed by Jonathan Sobol, is that it did not annoy me. That may sound like damning with faint praise, but I’ve got a good deal more praise to give, and this was […]

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Cutting Room Cleanup: Junger’s Korengal

By Paul Risker. The war on terror has received ample coverage on news and media outlets. But in an age when we are questioning or are being encouraged to question our sources of information, we are still forced to tolerate a certain vantage point from which to view world events. Four years ago award-winning British photographer […]

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Sorcerer (1977)

By William Repass.  “You think they pay you to drive? They pay you to be terrified. That’s your division of labor.” –The Wages of Fear (1953) Let’s not overlook the attendant division, that of leisure. Supposing, for example, you’d rather pay to be terrified. In that case look no further than William Friedkin’s Sorcerer, re-released in […]

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Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia: Peckinpah the Dramatist

By Christopher Sharrett. The label “master of violence” was long ago affixed to director Sam Peckinpah. Books on Peckinpah with titles like “Bloody Sam,” and studies comparing the director’s films to Kubrick’s icy-cold vision in A Clockwork Orange, insist that we separate uses of violence – an element of drama – from dramatic context. The […]

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