Home » August 12th, 2016 Entries posted on “August, 2016”

Film Scratches: Patterns of Violence – Blind Spot (2014)

Film Scratches focuses on the world of experimental and avant-garde film, especially as practiced by individual artists. It features a mixture of reviews, interviews, and essays. A Review by David Finkelstein. Blind Spot is a 9 minute short by Cristin Hughes made from clips appropriated from commercial films such as Basic Instinct, Kill Bill, Blue Velvet, Chinatown, […]

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Inspiring and Unsettling: Miss Sharon Jones!

By Jude Warne. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings are a seasoned, air-tight, top-notch funk-soul band. Via Jones’ musical talents and Bosco Man/Gabriel Roth’s analog recording and band leading genius, the group has managed to bring back the 60s funk and soul sound to our modern era, infusing it with a vibrant newness. They fill a unique […]

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Q-ing Up Some Comedy from India: Qaushiq Mukherjee and Naman Ramachandran on Brahman Naman

By Paul Risker. Indian musician, composer and producer A. R. Rahman has said: “Comedy is a universal language. I grew up watching Nagesh, Surilirajan, Thenga Srinivasan and S.V. Shekhar’s comedies. And, of course, Charlie Chaplin! These artists are so blessed: they can make other people happy.” One of the gifts of cinema is that it can […]

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Seeking the Cityscapes of Toronto: An Interview with Eric Henry

By Tom Ue. Seek is the directorial debut of Eric Henry. The film, made and set in Toronto, follows the story of a young writer (Adrian Shepherd-Gawinski) who profiles a club promoter (Ryan Fisher). The film was an Official Selection of the Toronto LGBT Film Festival 2014. Congratulations on your directorial debut! While this is your […]

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From Bankruptcy to 9/11: Downtown Film & TV Culture 1975-2001 by Joan Hawkins

A Book Review by John Duncan Talbird. Joan Hawkins’ recent multi-authored book, Downtown Film & TV Culture 1975-2001 (Intellect), is a heteroglossic text bringing together multiple genres – historical documents, interviews, conversations, focused analysis, and even traditional academic articles – to paint a chaotically vivid picture of the New York “downtown” film and TV scene from […]

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Mirroring a Genius – Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You

By Elias Savada. OK, kids, who among you doesn’t know who Norman Lear is? The few of you who raised your hands, shame on you. (I tested this question on a friend half my age, and he thought I was talking about the guy who dropped a lot of LSD. Oops. That would be Timothy […]

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From Film International to Film Restoration

When interviewing Lassie Lou Ahern – one of the last two silent film stars still around – for a piece in Film International (13.1), Jeff Crouse learned of her desire to have her 1927 film, Little Mickey Grogan, restored. As an activist in several aspects of film culture, Crouse began rescuing the film, in which she starred alongside Frankie Darro. Crouse located a copy […]

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Capturing the Ephemeral in Mañana a esta hora: An Interview with Lina Rodriguez

By Tom Ue. Lina Rodriguez is a Colombian/Canadian filmmaker. She has written, directed and produced several short films, which have participated in multiple festivals including the Images Festival and the New York Film Festival. Rodriguez has also created and produced film and video installations and performances that have shown in several galleries and festivals including HYSTERIA: […]

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Unearthing That Cold Day in the Park

By Chris Neilan.  Here’s something to brighten the day of any self-respecting cinephile: the unearthing of a forgotten film by a bona fide American master. And not just any master, but Robert Altman. Few American directors are better loved than Altman, the own-tune-following iconoclast who defied structuring paradigms, paid attention to his female characters and threw in […]

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Beyond the Dream Life: Fantastic Planet on Criterion

By Jessica Baxter. I can’t remember exactly how old I was when I first stumbled upon René Laloux’s surreal animated French language sci-fi film, Fantastic Planet (1973). I assume I was old enough to read subtitles, but I’m not 100% sure because the visuals are engaging and unusual enough to hold the attention of anyone, […]

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