Festival Reports

The 2015 FrightFest Report »

Road Games

By Cleaver Patterson. Modern films can be hard to categorise: with so many increasingly open to different interpretations it is often hard to single out one core theme or trait. Fortunately though, this…

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Films for the People – The 2015 Ljubljana International Film Festival »


By Erica Johnson Debeljak. The 26th Ljubljanski mednarodni filmski festival (LIFFE) took place from November 11 to November 22 last year. It is the fifteenth incarnation of this festival under the catchy acronym…

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The 2015 DOKU.ARTS Festival »

The Chinese Mayor

By Yun-hua Chen. DOKU.ARTS, after its seven-year residence in Amsterdam and Brazil, returned to Berlin and has stayed here since 2012. The event focuses on documentaries exploring art and artists, some of which,…

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The 2015 European Union Film Showcase »

Fidelio: Alice’s Odyssey

By Gary M. Kramer. The American Film Institute’s annual European Union Film Showcase screened December 1-20 at the AFI Theater in Silver Spring, Maryland. This year’s program, the festival’s 28th, opened with Spanish…

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The 2015 New York Film Festival Report »

The Lobster

By Gary M. Kramer.  The 53rd New York Film Festival runs through October 11 and there are several outstanding features by established and returning filmmakers playing at the fest. Here is a rundown…

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The 2015 New York Film Festival Shorts Program »


By Gary M. Kramer. The New York Film Festival is a terrific showcase for shorts, and this year, there are four short film programs with international, genre, animation, and New York themes that…

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The 12th Indian Film Festival Stuttgart »


By Yun-hua Chen. The Indian Film Festival Stuttgart, founded by Filmbüro Baden-Württenberg, is one of the oldest and largest Indian festivals in Europe. Previously named “Bollywood and beyond” up until 2011, the festival…

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“Like a Runaway Train”: Ariel Kleiman on Making Partisan »

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By Paul Risker. Partisan (2015) is the directorial feature debut of Australian filmmaker Ariel Kleiman, who already has a humorous…

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The Negotiation of Morality: Radu Muntean on One Floor Below (2015) »

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By Amir Ganjavie. Radu Muntean’ s new, critically acclaimed Romanian film One Floor Below recently won a Special Citation by the National…

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Debuting with a Vengeance: Adam Stephen Kelly on Kill Kane »

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By Tom Ue. Adam Stephen Kelly is the author of over 700 articles, interviews, features and reviews, and he has…

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Returning to the Past: Trevor Anderson on The Little Deputy »

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By Tom Ue. Trevor Anderson was born in Red Deer, Alberta, and is now based in Edmonton. His short…

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From Terror to the Personal: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon on Me, Earl and the Dying Girl »

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By Paul Risker. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s journey into the spotlight with Me, Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) began with…

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Collaborating on Conflict: Tobias Lindholm and Pilou Asbaek on A War »

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By Paul Risker. What is a list of titles that comprises a filmmaker or actor’s filmography if it is…

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Filming Addiction: Steven McCarthy on O Negative »

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By Tom Ue. Steven McCarthy was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. An actor, musician, and theatre director, he appeared…

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A Debut in the Wastelands: John Maclean on Slow West »

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By Paul Risker. Slow West (2015) finds a young filmmaker stepping onto the landscape of an established genre: America’s…

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Nordic Noir to the British Isles: Richard Laxton on River »

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By Paul Risker. There is a certain air of excitement, or rather, anticipation that comes with the arrival of a…

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Expressive Noise: An Interview with Naoki Kato on Carnival Folklore 2045 »

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By David Novak. Carnival Folklore 2045 is perhaps the first true Noise film; its development is driven by the Noise that…

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  1. The Apu Trilogy: Satyajit Ray’s Masterpiece
  2. “Like a Runaway Train”: Ariel Kleiman on Making Partisan
  3. The Languid Approach of Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s The Assassin
  4. I, Shakespeare by Anonymous and Last Will. & Testament
  5. (((1973)))
  6. Traces of Postindian Survivance: Two Short Films by Jeff Barnaby
  7. The 2015 FrightFest Report
  8. The Negotiation of Morality: Radu Muntean on One Floor Below (2015)
  9. Debuting with a Vengeance: Adam Stephen Kelly on Kill Kane
  10. A Journey Into Darkness: Bleak Street
  11. Films for the People – The 2015 Ljubljana International Film Festival
  12. Returning to the Past: Trevor Anderson on The Little Deputy
  13. The 2015 Oscars and the Curious Case of the Missing Moldovans: Anatol Durbală’s What a Wonderful World
  14. The 2015 DOKU.ARTS Festival
  15. Gasping for Air: Moonwalkers
  16. Rereading The Wire: police procedural, social games and the magic of blood
  17. From Terror to the Personal: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon on Me, Earl and the Dying Girl
  18. The Stooped Grandfather from Hell – Burroughs: The Movie
  19. Subtle and Formidable: Mustang
  20. Collaborating on Conflict: Tobias Lindholm and Pilou Asbaek on A War
  21. Filming Addiction: Steven McCarthy on O Negative
  22. Fragments of the Past in Pastoral: To Die in the Country
  23. Madam Secretary: The Happy Family in Time of War
  24. Wild Boys of ’80s – Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films
  25. A Debut in the Wastelands: John Maclean on Slow West
  26. Nordic Noir to the British Isles: Richard Laxton on River
  27. “I Gotta Be Me”: Thoughts on Hitchcock/Truffaut
  28. Music in Bits (and Debris): Hot Sugar’s Cold World
  29. The Big Short: The Funny Side of Financial Collapse
  30. Expressive Noise: An Interview with Naoki Kato on Carnival Folklore 2045
  1. Bob Bruhin: Personally, I cannot label the “subconscious experience” comment as a cop out in light of...
  2. Tony Williams: A very timely review for which readers will be more than glad to “indulge” you. In my...
  3. Hermies Purrbuckets: Golan/Globus aka Cannon, were the worst of the worst in the B-movie exploitation genre, yet a...
  4. Hermies Purrbuckets: Stumbled on this while surfing for Vonnegut references. Then I realized that the author is the...
  5. Kendal EAton: I find the only way not to drop off the edge is to go round in circles. not that i fear the drop, as it...


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The Apu Trilogy: Satyajit Ray’s Masterpiece »

By Christopher Sharrett. I usually begin a review of a piece of neglected film history with a tirade about the state of film culture, as the New Hollywood rides roughshod…

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The Languid Approach of Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s The Assassin »

By Cleaver Patterson.  In 8th century, Tang Dynasty China, Nie Yinniang (Qi Shu) has lived for many years, isolated from her family in a remote temple, where she has been…

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A Journey Into Darkness: Bleak Street »

By Elias Savada. Mexico’s grand auteur Arturo Ripstein is in fine neorealistic form with his devilishly depressing feature Bleak Street (La calle de la amargura), tripping over the world of luchadores…

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The 2015 Oscars and the Curious Case of the Missing Moldovans: Anatol Durbală’s What a Wonderful World »

By Brandon Konecny. As we gear up for Academy Awards, it’s important to note the countries not taking part in this all-too-American enterprise. There are the usual absentees, such as…

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Gasping for Air: Moonwalkers »

By Elias Savada. The other day North Korea exploded what it called a hydrogen bomb, when, in reality (we’re told), it wasn’t all that big, or as Trevor Noah of The…

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The Stooped Grandfather from Hell – Burroughs: The Movie »

By Christopher Sharrett. William S. Burroughs is often regarded as the King of the Beats, the central figure of the Beat Generation who mentored Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, telling…

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Subtle and Formidable: Mustang »

By Elias Savada. The emotional stability of five delightfully effervescent sisters is mightily tested in Mustang, a biting and anguishing indictment of conservative religious ideology set in present day northern Turkey.…

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Fragments of the Past in Pastoral: To Die in the Country »

By Giuseppe Sedia.  In a certain way, Shûji Terayama never reached a point in his career when he felt the need to retrace his childhood. More truly, his multidisciplinary body…

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Wild Boys of ’80s – Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films »

By Sotiris Petridis. Filmmaker Mark Hartley’s (2008’s Not Quite Hollywood, 2010’s Machete Maidens Unleashed!) latest delightful chronicle of B-movie splendor, Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films, spotlights the story of…

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Music in Bits (and Debris): Hot Sugar’s Cold World »

By Elias Savada. “Anything can be turned into anything.” So says scruffy, droopy-eyed musician/music producer Nick Koenig, the eponymous subject of writer-producer-director Adam Bhala Lough’s documentary Hot Sugar’s Cold World. Grammy-nominated…

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The Big Short: The Funny Side of Financial Collapse »

By Elias Savada. Mention the words “subprime mortgage” and people start dozing, or leave the room. Hey, you! Yes, you! Wake up. And your friend, get him back in here! Because…

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Awakening the Legacy from Here?: Star Wars: the Force Awakens »

By Paul Risker. Stories as in life have no true beginning, middle or end. Rather they are just a series of events running together like a never-ending piece of string…

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An Antidote for Loneliness: Dreams Rewired »

By Jude Warne. “What is the good of all this progress? By overcoming distance we overcome difference.” True – it seems likely that the only route to world peace is the…

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Spike Gets His Groove Back: Chi-Raq »

By Elias Savada. I was ready to give up on Spike Lee after suffering through Red Hook Summer, his 2012 scattershot meditation on the director’s beloved Brooklyn. Lo and behold, the…

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Simple, Beautiful Perfection in Brooklyn »

By Elias Savada. It’s interesting that novelist-screenwriter-producer Nick Hornby and director John Crowley previously have been best known in the world of cinema for their boyish works. Hornby wrote the…

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A Master and a Masterpiece: Hitchcock/Truffaut »

By Robert K. Lightning. The historic 1962 interview of Alfred Hitchcock by Francois Truffaut (ironically tape recorded and photographed, but apparently unfilmed) that led to the publication of Truffaut’s landmark…

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“Cause You’d Rather Live for the Thrill of it All” – A Wealthy Woman with a Hell of an Art Collection: Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (2015) »

By Jude Warne. “Her voice is full of money,” Jay Gatsby says of his love Daisy Buchanan in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 masterwork. There is something in the aural quality…

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Larry Cohen: The Stuff of Gods and Monsters (2015) »

A book review by Tony Williams. Those fortunate enough to have met or interviewed Larry Cohen are always amazed by his detailed answers to questions as well as his unique…

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Room: Woman and the Domestic Household »


By Christopher Sharrett. Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, adapted from a recent novel by Emma Donoghue, is a “true crime” thriller of important resonance. …

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The Perils of Perfume: Stink! (2015) »

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By Jude Warne. Jon Whelan acted solely as a concerned parent when he chose to investigate why his daughter’s new pajamas, which…

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A Life Laid Bare: Tab Hunter Confidential »

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By Elias Savada. Producer-director-editor Jeffrey Schwarz – I Am Divine (2013), Vito (2011), Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story (2007) – is back in original…

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Trumbo: Wit in the Face of Pathos »

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By Matthew Sorrento. Dalton Trumbo’s story is an ideal one to represent the golden age of Hollywood. A famed screenwriter with literary roots (as…

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Caustic Commentary on Millennials in Horror: The Case of The Funhouse Massacre »

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By Sotiris Petridis. The horror film usually incorporates social critiques within its filmic texts. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) has been described as…

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The Shooting and Ride in the Whirlwind: Titles that Don’t Lie (and a Jack Nicholson who Doesn’t Flip Out! – Yet) »

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By Jude Warne.  The Shooting and Ride in the Whirlwind (both 1966), recently released as a joint Blu-ray set via The Criterion…

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The Weird World of Aimy in a Cage »


By Elias Savada. It’s not just that the always quirky Crispin Glover is featured in Aimy in a Cage that makes it…

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From Dust to Glory: Speed Sisters »

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By Elias Savada. I’m not sure NASCAR saw this coming. I sure didn’t. Speed Sisters, which has been racing about the documentary film…

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Gut(s) and Glory: Lucha Mexico »


By Elias Savada. The smog hangs lightly over the partly cloudy skies of Mexico City as this story begins. A guitar with…

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A Long, Strange Trip: Sam Klemke’s Time Machine »


By Elias Savada. Australian director-writer Matthew Bate (responsible for the fly-on-the-wall 2011 documentary Shut Up Little Man: An Audio Misadventure) took an…

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The Visual Desolation of Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario »


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By Kyle Huffman.  “Cinema is a matter of what’s in the frame and what’s out of the frame.” This seemingly direct estimation…

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Falling Apart Badly: Miss You Already »

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By Elias Savada. I suspect the issues I have with the new Drew Barrymore-Toni Collette BFF “dramedy” Miss You Already (including a 112-minute,…

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Dread in the Family: Luciferous »


By Elias Savada. An escalating madness is the center of the disturbing world of Luciferous, a slow boil screamer presented at this…

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Reviewing the narratively challenged Masaan »


By Devapriya Sanyal. To me Masaan (2015) didn’t give the feeling of eternal life flowing by, in its depiction its multifarious stories,…

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Beyond the Resolution: On the Series Witnesses (Les Témoins, 2015) »

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By Paul Risker.  From the hustle and bustle of Paris, the stage for Spiral (Engrenages, (2005-)) and Braquo (2009-2014), the new French…

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Many Selves: The Horror and Fantasy Films of Paul Wegener (2012) »


A book review by Tony Williams.  Though mostly well known to western audiences for playing the title characters in The Student of…

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New Age Emptiness: Jose Nester Marquez’s Reversion »

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By Elias Savada. There’s a glossy bio-tech veneer bubbling up in Jose Nester Marquez’s new feature, Reversion. Despite its high concept sci-fi storyline…

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The Ethnographer of Fantasy: Woody Allen’s Irrational Man »


By Axel Andersson. The middle-aged philosophy professor Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) pulls up to a liberal arts college in Newport in an…

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The Cerebral Thrills of The Messenger »

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By Cleaver Patterson. As the autumn nights draw in and winter fast approaches, the season seems more disposed to cinematic tales which…

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The Rise of NWA in Straight Outta Compton »


By Kyle Huffman. In the first scene of Straight Outta Compton (2015), Easy E (Jason Mitchell) barely escapes a drug den being raided…

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Bitter Earth: Alex Ross Perry’s Queen of Earth »

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By James Slaymaker.  Alex Ross Perry’s latest feature, Queen of Earth, explores similar thematic territory to his first three (Impolex, The Color Wheel and Listen Up…

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The Guy Who Never Grew Up: Five Easy Pieces »

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By Jude Warne. “I move around a lot, not because I’m looking for anything really, but because I’m getting away from things…

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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation: The Indefatigable Action Spectacle »

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By Kyle Huffman. Every action movie relies on the audience’s suspension of disbelief regarding the humanity and dexterity of its star. Some,…

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Who Needs Enemies? — Getting Acquainted with Eddie Coyle and His Friends »

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By Jeremy Carr.  In The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973), Eddie Coyle sure could use a friend. Surrounded by many, known by…

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Subversive Mysteries: François Ozon’s The New Girlfriend »

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By Elias Savada. There’s a tendency toward sexual subversion and sly mystery in any François Ozon film. Naughty fun in the comic…

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A Conchord Flies Solo: People Places Things »

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By John Duncan Talbird. New Zealand has given the world actors Sam Neil and Russell Crowe and directors Jane Campion and Peter…

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State of Siege: The Radical Potential of Realism »

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By William Repass.  In today’s economic and political climate, it can be tempting to dismiss film as merely spectacle: a flimsy replacement…

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Invincible to the Extreme: Meru »

Meru Expedition, Garwhal, India

By Elias Savada. I like looking at mountains. From a safe distance. Or on my computer screen saver. Occasionally, from above, in…

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A Director’s Labour of Love Gone Wrong: Ketan Mehta’s Manjhi: The Mountain Man (2015) »

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By Devapriya Sanyal. Beginning in 2012, the Indian film audience has been treated on and off to a number of excellent biopics…

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Honor the Benefactor: Aviva Kempner’s Rosenwald »

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By Elias Savada. Aviva Kempner has struck again. A Jewish liberal landmark in Washington for many decades, she has forged a multi-faceted…

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Letting Your Freak Flag Fly: Pat Mills’ Guidance »

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By Elias Savada. The more you laugh at David Gold, the more you want to smack him on the side of his…

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Never Let Go: Not Your Typical Horror Fare »

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By Cleaver Patterson. It sounds odd that the screening for a film which is not primarily horror – at least in the…

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Split the Brew and Joints: Swanberg’s Digging for Fire »

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By Elias Savada. Joe Swanberg apparently hasn’t stopped mumbling yet. Known for his mumblecore films — micro-budget affairs shot on video with…

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A Frolicsome Ride: Cop Car »

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By Elias Savada. Somewhere out in the middle of America, amongst the Colorado cattle fields and its arrowhead-laden landscape, we find Travis…

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Imprisoned by the Past: Narrative Mastery in Bota »

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By Brandon Konecny.  In his foreword to William Faulkner’s novel Absalom, Absalom! (1936), John Jeremiah Sullivan points out that “a fundamental law of…

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Sublime Silences: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night »

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By Paul Risker. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (2014) – is it a statement or is it a question? On…

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The Mesmerising Journey of Song of the Sea »

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By Cleaver Patterson. Since that historic evening on the 21st December 1937, when the father of the animated feature film Walt Disney…

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A Personal Fever Dream: Listen to Me Marlon »

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By Elias Savada. Listen to Me Marlon, the new documentary about the controversial and complex actor Marlon Brando, follows a similar technique…

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“They Love Him!”: Paulo Coelho’s Best Story »

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By John Duncan Talbird. Director Daniel Augusto and screenwriter Carolina Kotscho’s biopic of the Brazilian writer, Paulo Coelho, Paulo Coelho’s Best Story,…

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Accidental Love: An Illuminating Failure »

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By Paul Risker. One of the intriguing occurrences that forms part of the spectatorial experience is the point when you will silently…

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Shirley: Visions of Reality »


By Robert Buckeye. She is from Seattle. She is from Dubuque, Dayton, Dover. She is going to San Francisco, Chicago, New York.…

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Sam’s Words Only: A Fuller Life »

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By Elias Savada. Samantha Fuller watched her journalist-turned-novelist-then-screenwriter, director and occasional actor dad grow old and angry with the Hollywood studio system.…

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Sunset Edge: Children at Twilight »

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By Christopher Sharrett.  While watching Daniel Peddle’s very interesting Sunset Edge (2015), I couldn’t help but think of F.R. Leavis’s reaction to George…

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“We Who Live, Will Learn” – André Singer’s Night Will Fall on BFI DVD »

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By James Knight.  During his legendary conversation with François Truffaut, Alfred Hitchcock remarked on the differences between feature and documentary filmmaking, stating…

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Loach on DVD – The Spirit of ’45 and Loach at the BBC »

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By Tony Williams.  Two years before the disastrous election in England that gave the Conservatives a majority to complete the Thatcher Revolution…

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The Agony of Woman in Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem »


By Christopher Sharrett. Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz’s Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem is a work of such staggering importance that its…

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The Pictures of a Lady: In Praise of Grace Kelly »

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By Daniel Garrett. Some old films have a special appeal. They might not be excellent or particularly beloved objects, and yet they…

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Motherhood and Mourning in Giuseppe Tornatore’s The Unknown Woman »


By Francesco Pascuzzi. Already with the film’s title, Giuseppe Tornatore’s The Unknown Woman (La Sconosciuta, 2005) sets out to toy with the…

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Un Flic: Melville and the Ambiguities »


By Tony Williams. On initial release, Jean-Pierre Melville’s Un Flic (1972) disappointed many and has remained in critical limbo to the present…

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Stand, Men of the West! The Battle for Middle-earth (and Britain) »


By Laura Crossley. “You’ve enjoyed the film, so now what are you going to do about the message? Tolkien didn’t just write…

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Radical Film-Making and Digital Paradox: the case of The Fourth Estate »


By Elizabeth Mizon and Lee Salter. Digital media technologies are full of paradoxes. On one hand they are said to open up…

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The Trials of Love, Justice, and Prejudice: Tom Hanks and Jonathan Demme’s film Philadelphia »


By Daniel Garrett. In the film Philadelphia (1993), written by Ron Nyswaner and directed by Jonathan Demme, the actor Tom Hanks is…

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On the Trail of Missing Millions in Emerging Europe: What Happened to a Fortune in Slovenian A/V Rights Due to Artists and Producers? »

Branko Djuric in No Man's Land (2001)

By Noah Charney. Branko Djuric, who goes by the nickname Djuro, is one the biggest film and television stars of the former…

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The Site of Nature: Exteriority and Overexposure in The Thin Red Line »


By Trevor Mowchun. “Have mountains, and waves, and skies, no significance but what we consciously give them, when we employ them as…

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In Defense of Hitchcock and Serious Criticism »


By Robert K. Lightning. “It follows that the critic should read without inappropriate bias. We cannot properly object to The Pilgrim’s Progress,…

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Humanities in the Digital Era »

Lemmy Caution & Dr. Von Braun in Alphaville

By Wheeler Winston Dixon. We live in the age of the visible invisible; everything is supposedly available to us online, but in…

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The Fault in Our Films: Hollywood and the Illness Narrative »

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By Sheana Ochoa. Anyone who has watched the scene in the trailer of The Theory of Everything when Stephen Hawking’s character pulls…

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The Babadook: Ghosts in the Bedroom »


By Christopher Sharrett. Australian filmmaker Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook is last season’s fascinating, much-discussed contribution to the horror film, a genre that…

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Revulsion and Derision: Antichrist, The Human Centipede II and the British Press »


By Martin Smith. Despite increased transparency and liberalisation at the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) in recent decades, Britain remains one…

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Lost in Space »


By Rajko Radovic. “I’m gonna wait till the stars come out. And see them twinkle in your eyes. I’m gonna wait till…

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“Isn’t it Bromantic?” – The Whole Damn Sony Mess, and What It Means »


By Wheeler Winston Dixon. Now that some time has elapsed between the Sony hack and the release of the film that apparently…

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The Best of 2014 – and the Most Overrated »

BOYHOOD: remarkable or overrated?

By Film International. Another film year has come to an end and it’s time to sum up. Here are the films that…

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Tati Time: Criterion Delivers The Complete Jacques Tati »


By Jeremy Carr.  Aside from his general lack of recognition as one of film history’s great comedians, the most tragic part of…

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“A Giant Gutter in Outer Space”: On the Schopenhauerian Themes of HBO’s hit series True Detective »


By Mathijs Peters. Introduction Arthur Schopenhauer’s philosophy, which Samuel Beckett defined as “an intellectual justification of unhappiness – the greatest that has…

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The Radical Film Network: for sustainable, oppositional film culture »


By Steve Presence. “Today we do not really have any ‘centralized’ hubs like Indymedia anymore. What we do have is a proliferation…

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Five Iranian Voices on Reza Mirkarimi’s Today »


COLLECTED AND INTRODUCED BY AMIR GANJAVIE. Reza Mirkarimi’s Today (Emrooz, 2014) was selected to represent Iran at the 2015 Oscars despite being…

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“Turn It Off!” – Sound and Silence in 1960s British Gothic Cinema »

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By Wheeler Winston Dixon. It’s Halloween once again, and as one might suspect, American cable networks are offering a cornucopia of horror…

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The Representation of Men in the Films of Abdol Reza Kahani, Houman Seyedi and Bahram Tavakoli »

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By Asal Bagheri. [Editor’s note: This essay is published here in conjunction with the publication of Film International 69, vol. 12, no.…

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Jafar Panahi’s The Mirror: On Political Film in Post-Revolutionary Iranian Cinema »


By Sara Saljoughi. [Editor’s note: This essay is published here in conjunction with the publication of Film International 69, vol. 12, no.…

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The Malick Illusion: Perceptual segmentation in The Thin Red Line »


By Luis Antunes Rocha. “The image, in terms of sound, always has the basic nature of a question. Fundamental to the cinema…

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Toward the Limit: Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction »

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By Carol Vernallis. Michael Bay poses a problem. He is the second-highest-grossing director, after Spielberg, so it’s not surprising that critics and…

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Santo in the Museum of the Mexican Film Industry »


By John Burns. It seems that a number of historians and critics of Mexican film would be happier if the films starring…

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A World of Constant Peril: Seriality, Narrative, and Closure »

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By Wheeler Winston Dixon. What are we watching now at the movies, or on television or Netflix for that matter?[1] Serials –…

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Nixon – Oliver Stone’s Rough Beast Slouching »


By Tony Williams. Like most of his films, Oliver Stone’s Nixon (1995) generated considerable critical debate usually emphasizing questions of historical accuracy…

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Netflix and National Cinemas »

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By Wheeler Winston Dixon. This article caught my attention about a week ago, and though I blogged on it then, it seems…

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Vindication of an Heiress: Surprise revelation, alienation effect, and screen persona in Beyond a Reasonable Doubt »


By Robert K. Lightning. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956) was Fritz Lang’s final U.S. film.[1] In several obvious ways it can be…

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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…

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Multicultural Middle-earth: Constructing “Home” and the Post-colonial Imaginary in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings »


By Laura Crossley. “The nation of course is not a desiring person but a fictive unity imposed on an aggregate of individuals,…

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Juan Orol, Phantom of the Mexican Cinema »

Juan Orol as Johnny Carmenta.

By Wheeler Winston Dixon. It’s a commonplace thing to discuss the individual vision of filmmakers, on both a national and international level,…

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The Trouble With Hitchcock »


By Wheeler Winston Dixon. Mark Rutland: “What do you believe in?” Marnie Edgar: “Nothing.” (From Alfred Hitchcock’s Marnie) Alfred Hitchcock is routinely…

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Female Sexual Pleasure Unpunished in Bright Days Ahead »


By Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. Finally, a film about an older woman who has an affair, and doesn’t get punished by the narrative.…

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Out of the Furnace: The Question of Adversarial Cinema »


By Christopher Sharrett. I did not see Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace during its initial run some months ago, in part…

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I, Shakespeare by Anonymous and Last Will. & Testament »

By David Ryan. Rewriting history is a common academic enterprise, and crafting Elizabethan history – particularly Shakespearean biography – is composed recursively. Though Anonymous (2011) is neither a serious effort at…

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Kurt Vonnegut Hunter Thompson Norman Mailer Tom Wolfe William Burroughs Jonathan Miller William Burroughs Jr Jacob Bronowski Robert Hughes Bob Woodward Carl Bernstein Peter Maas Germaine Greer Ray Connolly Geoffrey…

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Traces of Postindian Survivance: Two Short Films by Jeff Barnaby »

By John Garland Winn. Jeff Barnaby, a Mi’kmaq First Nations director, was four years old when the Quebec Provincial Police raided his Restigouche Reservation to restrict salmon fishing rights. The…

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Rereading The Wire: police procedural, social games and the magic of blood »

By Rajko Radović. Blood has been shed on the asphalt at night. We see it in close-up as thin red lines spreading in all directions into the darkness and the…

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Madam Secretary: The Happy Family in Time of War »

By Christopher Sharrett. When I first took note of the television series Madam Secretary (2014-), I assumed it was a sort of promotional piece for Hillary Clinton. It may indeed…

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Guy Ritchie’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and the Politics of Escapism »

By Richard Grigg. Director Guy Ritchie’s 2015 film The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is of course inspired by the U.S. television series of the same name, a program that was extraordinarily…

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An Ogre’s Hide: Samad and Foolad Zereh, the Ogre »

By Ramin S. Khanjani. For many avid followers of Iranian cinema across the world, the experience of this national cinema justifiably doesn’t go much beyond recent works of festival fixtures…

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Monstrous Gaze: The Quandary of Spectatorship in La dolce vita »

By William Repass. In the thematic arc formed by Fellini’s body of work, La dolce vita  (1960) can be said to represent a pivot: his first film in which various…

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The Way, Way Back: An Appreciation »

By Christopher Sharrett. Some months ago I saw The Way, Way Back (2013) and was taken by it enough to buy the DVD. It is a small film, yet ambitious,…

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Peter Bogdanovich: The Comedy Smuggler »

By James Knight. This August will see the US theatrical release of She’s Funny That Way, the latest feature from Peter Bogdanovich. Since his directorial debut in 1968, Bogdanovich has…

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Mise-en-scène and the Rebirth of Film »

By Tom Silva. Film is a living thing and so it faces an unending series of deaths. Like the mythic hero in Joseph Campbell’s magisterial book The Hero of a…

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Fair Game: Democratic Principle in Hollywood Romances, from Tracy and Hepburn to the Present »

By Robert K. Lightning. Lovers that demonstrate both spiritual affinity and spiritual equality have long been popular in middle-class entertainment. Repartee has often expressed that equality: one thinks of Shakespeare’s…

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End of a Saga: Andrzej Wajda’s Wałęsa: Man of Hope »

By Geoffrey Fox. The credits roll over a black-and-white newsreel of missiles and men parading before an austere Leonid Brezhnev in Moscow on the 52nd anniversary of the October Revolution.…

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Discovering Mary Pickford »

By Tony Williams. The title of this article has a double meaning. It is primarily a reworking of that lavishly illustrated and meticulously researched 1999 publication Mary Pickford Rediscovered written…

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“Thinking as Negation”: Adorno, Vertigo, and the Paradoxical Promise of Popular Cinema »

By Benjamin Bergholtz. “Each single manifestation of the culture industry inescapably reproduces human beings as what the whole has made them.” (Adorno and Horkheimer 2002 [Dialectic of Enlightenment]: 99) Few…

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