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Night Moves: Pessimism Running Deep

By Christopher Sharrett. Kelly Reichardt’s Night Moves was one of the few films of the last season that deserved real recognition and got only a little; it was swamped, as per custom, by the usual blockbusters and played only in the cities and university towns. Reichardt is emerging as an estimable American filmmaker. Her Wendy […]

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The 71st Annual Venice Film Festival

By Zhuo-Ning Su. The Venice Film Festival, the worldwide oldest festival celebrating cinema, ended its 71st run earlier this month (August 27- September 6). Traditionally ranked alongside Cannes and Berlin as one of the most important stops on the cinematic calendar, Venice has seen its profile in the festival world rise and fall in recent […]

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Baseball on Acid: Jeffrey Radice on No No: A Dockumentary

By John Duncan Talbird. Jeffrey Radice’s No No: A Dockumentary about the life and career of African American baseball great Dock Ellis is currently in theaters. Nominated for the Grand Jury prize at Sundance, this is his directorial debut. He was executive producer for the award-winning short documentaries Mondo Ford, The King and Dick, LSD a […]

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Phoenix (2014)

By Zhuo-Ning Su.  Marking the sixth collaboration of what’s shaping up to be the most compelling and fruitful auteur-actor duo in modern German cinema, writer/director Christian Petzold’s Phoenix starring Nina Hoss is a well-realized drama with a singular concept soaring in its intellectual reach and emotional resonance. Set in a ruinous post-war Berlin, the film […]

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Project Cancer: Ulay’s Journal from November to November

By Noah Charney. For performance artists, their bodies are the canvas on which to paint, the marble from which to sculpt. Some have pierced their bodies with pins, others with vicious hooks linked to chains from which they hang by their nearly-torn flesh, as in some grotesque fresco of martyrdom out of The Golden Legend. […]

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Joseph Lawson, Genre Filmmaker: An Interview

By Wheeler Winston Dixon. Joseph Lawson is an American filmmaker who is an unabashed special effects fan, action movie enthusiast, and utterly pragmatic about how films get made today in a rapaciously competitive environment. He’s a commercial filmmaker, working in Hollywood, making films as entertainment. Along the way, he’s getting more and more of his […]

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Sensing the Rhythms of Youth: Daniel Patrick Carbone on Hide Your Smiling Faces

By Paul Risker. Arguably the icon of onscreen childhood angst is Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud) in François Truffaut’s The 400 Blows (1959). His desperate gaze out to sea is one that is seared onto the cinematic consciousness. Fast-forward more than half a decade and Hide Your Smiling Faces (2013) sparks the discussion of whether debuting feature […]

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Film4 FrightFest 2014

By Cleaver Patterson.  FrightFest, the London based film festival which takes place each year at the end of August, prides itself in showcasing the best of horror, both international and homegrown. This year’s event was no exception, with more films than ever before showing in this its fifteenth year. With such an array of material […]

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Breaking the Western Trail: Hawks’ Red River on Criterion

By Matthew Sorrento. In 2008, the Criterion Collection issued Anthony Mann’s The Furies (1950) with the restored film sleeved alongside the 1948 source novel by Niven Busch. The film will remain “lesser” Mann, with The Naked Spur (1951), The Man from Laramie (1955) and Man of the West (1958) as standouts in the decade’s psychological […]

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The Passion of Life: Federico Fellini’s Il Bidone

By Robert Kenneth Dator.  As with any truly influential director, Federico Fellini—simply, Fellini—has been talked to death. However, with so much talk generated through so much derivative thought, it is possible to perpetuate precept rather than forge original observation. So, let us come out from behind all the humanism, neo-realism, absurdist, satirical, comedia negro, autobiographical, […]

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