E. Elias Merhige’s Begotten: Still Burning Away the Darkness

By Ted Knighton. Merhige pushed the distortion to its limits to transform the look of his film, exploding the emulsion’s grain and slowing the frame-rate to stagger time and motion…. Begotten is, at times, difficult to discern, and our eyes have to adjust to its scorched, lunar landscape.” In his […]

Becoming Cousteau: An Interview with Liz Garbus

By Kate Hearst. It was a combination of being true to the early films that he shot but also my voice as a filmmaker trying to express to a modern audience how unusual and incredibly dynamic these images were.” Two-time Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Liz Garbus is not one to shy […]

Lessons from a Master – Hayao Miyazaki (DelMonico Books)

A Book Review by Thomas Puhr. Like the exhibition itself, the publication is first and foremost a celebration of the singular writer-director.” My first Hayao Miyazaki film – 1989’s Kiki’s Delivery Service – was like nothing I’d (wrongly) come to expect from animation: by turns contemplative and silly, wistful and innocent, it felt closer in spirit […]

Dune: An Oversized, Delightful Space Opera

By Elias Savada. Sure, it’s loud and possibly confusing for those viewers who haven’t tapped into the 1965 text…. But this go round [for the screen], all cylinders are firing.” Ah, the wide-screen grandeur that is Dune! All that sand makes me relish the epic 70mm moments more than a […]

King Hu’s Cinematic Sublime: Raining in the Mountain (1979)

By Tony Williams. The spiritual is always a marginal element in Hu’s films that deal with the eruption of violent forces attempting to dominate others before some temporary victory occurs, leaving the survivors to live and fight another day….” This is the last of Eureka’s King Hu DVDs available for […]

An Adrenaline-Fueled Race to The Rescue

By Elias Savada. Unfolding with military precision, enhanced by a steady, determined pacing…. We can be an ingenious species. When bad things happen, there are any number of special people who come up with solutions to seemingly unsolvable, life-threatening problems. The crippled Apollo 13 spacecraft is often called mankind’s greatest feat of improvised […]