Festival Reports

Viennale 2014 Festival Report »

Clouds of Sils Maria

By Yun-hua Chen.  Viennale 2014 continues with its good tradition of being an audience-friendly film festival, with a wide range of discussion panels, art installations, events and parties open to the public. There…

Read More »

Cinefest 2014: The Eleventh International Festival of German Film Heritage »

Pictures of the Old World (1972)

By Brenda Benthien.  Cinefest, Hamburg’s international festival of German film history, focused this year on New Directions in Documentary Film. A range of volatile films from the 1960s through the 1980s illustrated how…

Read More »

Brighton Palestine Film Festival 2014 »

The Time That Remains

By Anthony Killick. The Brighton Palestine Film Festival is one of the latest contributions to the worldwide proliferation of film festivals dedicated to Palestinian liberation. Taking place from the 7th–9th November at the…

Read More »

Liverpool Radical Film Festival 2014 »

A makeshift sign indicating the whereabouts of the LRFF.

By Anthony Killick. “Kurdish people don’t just say democracy, we say radical democracy.” (Sema Yildiz) The Liverpool Radical Film Festival ran from the 13th–16th November. As part of an emerging UK wide Radical…

Read More »

The 19th Busan International Film Festival »

Tokyo Tribe

By Chris Neilan.  The 19th Busan International Film Festival was, as ever, an unrivalled showground for Asian filmmaking talent. A handsome 312 films were screened this year (up from 299 last year) from…

Read More »
Interview

Dream Stories: An Interview with Andrew Adamson on Mr. Pip (2012) »

PIP 01

By Paul Risker. When writer-director Andrew Adamson set out to adapt Lloyd Jones’ novel Mr. Pip (2006) Adamson was…

Read More »

Different Faces of Syria: Director Mohammed Ali Atassi on Our Terrible Country (2014) »

Our Terr 01

By Yun-hua Chen. Mohammed Ali Atassi brought his second documentary, Our Terrible Country, co-directed with Ziad Homsi, to the…

Read More »

Casting David Fincher: An Interview with Laray Mayfield »

Laray 02

By Paul Risker. David Fincher’s work features a compelling cast of characters. Working alongside the filmmaker to give these characters…

Read More »

Diva Directors Around the Globe: Spotlight on Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy »

Obaid 01

By Anna Weinstein. Documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy made history in 2012 when she became the first Pakistani to win…

Read More »

Still Powerful in the Political: Lucy Lawless on The Code »

Lawless Featured

By Paul Risker. Lucy Lawless is no stranger to television. She has traversed time itself from swords and sandals…

Read More »

Behind the Lens of Señoritas: An Interview with Lina Rodriguez »

Senoritas 01

By Tom Ue. Lina Rodriguez studied Film and Video Production at York University (Toronto, Canada). She has written, directed and…

Read More »

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

No No 01

By John Duncan Talbird. Jeffrey Radice’s No No: A Dockumentary about the life and career of African American baseball great…

Read More »

Joseph Lawson, Genre Filmmaker: An Interview »

TinoStruckmannAsMajorHestonZellerB__TheGlobalAsylum

By Wheeler Winston Dixon. Joseph Lawson is an American filmmaker who is an unabashed special effects fan, action movie…

Read More »

MOST RECENT

  1. Whiplash and the Deathliness of Co-opted Jazz
  2. Viennale 2014 Festival Report
  3. Emotional Cleansing: Rithy Panh’s The Missing Picture (2013)
  4. “A Giant Gutter in Outer Space”: On the Schopenhauerian Themes of HBO’s hit series True Detective
  5. Cinefest 2014: The Eleventh International Festival of German Film Heritage
  6. Dream Stories: An Interview with Andrew Adamson on Mr. Pip (2012)
  7. The One I Love: Another Film Lost in The Cosmos
  8. The Lofty and the Humdrum: Frederick Wiseman’s National Gallery
  9. Interstellar: A Faltering Exercise in Space-Bound Theatrics
  10. Lucky: 2011
  11. The Radical Film Network: for sustainable, oppositional film culture
  12. Brighton Palestine Film Festival 2014
  13. Different Faces of Syria: Director Mohammed Ali Atassi on Our Terrible Country (2014)
  14. Nightcrawler: Blood from All of Us
  15. San Francisco Film Society: New Italian Cinema – November 19-23, 2014
  16. Liverpool Radical Film Festival 2014
  17. 10.000 Km (2014)
  18. Casting David Fincher: An Interview with Laray Mayfield
  19. San Francisco Film Society: Hong Kong Cinema – November 14-16
  20. The 19th Busan International Film Festival
  21. The Good Life: A San Francisco Film Society French Cinema Now Review
  22. Five Iranian Voices on Reza Mirkarimi’s Today
  1. Hank: Loved it, Doc was so me many years ago. Shame the beauty on the inside is all we have to offer as we age. Both...
  2. Gwendolyn: Ian’s point about how this film captures questions of identity and relationships is key. But this...
  3. Rick: I cried. Very nice film!
  4. Gwendolyn Audrey Foster: Thank you, James for bringing attention to this gem. I applaud Film Movement for their...
  5. Wheeler Winston Dixon: Thanks much for this – I hadn’t thought about IT HAPPENED HERE in a long time...

Review

Whiplash 4

Whiplash and the Deathliness of Co-opted Jazz »

By William Repass.  In Damien Chazelle’s new film Whiplash (2014), aspiring jazz drummer and conservatory freshman Andrew (Miles Teller) and his father (Paul Reiser) meet at the cinema to enact…

Read More »
Missing 02

Emotional Cleansing: Rithy Panh’s The Missing Picture (2013) »

By James Teitelbaum. Near the end of The Missing Picture, director Rithy Panh’s grim memoir of life under the Khmer Rouge regime in 1970s Cambodia, we see a clay figure…

Read More »
one-i-love2

The One I Love: Another Film Lost in The Cosmos »

By Wheeler Winston Dixon. Godard called his masterwork Weekend (1967) “a film lost in the cosmos – a film found on the scrapheap” in that movie’s intertitles, but at least…

Read More »
NG 03

The Lofty and the Humdrum: Frederick Wiseman’s National Gallery »

By John Duncan Talbird. No person looks into the camera in a Frederick Wiseman documentary. Some critics use the term cinéma vérité to describe his type of filmmaking, but Wiseman…

Read More »
ut_interstellarOpener_f

Interstellar: A Faltering Exercise in Space-Bound Theatrics »

By Forrest Cardamenis. In what may prove to be Interstellar’s most memorable scene, Matthew McConaughey’s Cooper (that’s a last name; curiously, he is never given a first) is transported into…

Read More »
Lucky 1

Lucky: 2011 »

By James Teitelbaum.  Durban is the third-largest city in South Africa, and is the biggest port town on the continent’s Indian Ocean coast. Although about half of the city’s population…

Read More »
Nightcrawler 01

Nightcrawler: Blood from All of Us »

By Matthew Sorrento. He can “work all day, and creep all night,” stated Dr. James Grigson, nicknamed Dr. Death (for his penchant for sending the accused to the chair) about…

Read More »
A118_C001_09156G.0012726

10.000 Km (2014) »

By Zhuo-Ning Su.  Spanish writer/director Carlos Marques-Marcet’s 10.000 Km is the kind of movie that’s powered by so much honesty and insight that, despite the built-in developmental restrictions from its limited…

Read More »
Good Life

The Good Life: A San Francisco Film Society French Cinema Now Review »

By Janine Gericke. The Good Life is director Jean Denizot’s feature film debut, and it proves to be a solid one. The film, based on actual events, follows a father,…

Read More »
Diplom 01

Fate and History: Volker Schlöndorff’s Diplomacy »

By Paul Risker. Cities rise, or fall, at the will of men. In a conflict of wills in 1944, Paris, the “City of Light,” was spared. Beyond the narrative presented…

Read More »
matthew-mcconaughey-in-interstellar

Five Dimensions of Sentimental Boredom: Interstellar »

By Daniel Lindvall. At some point early on in Roland Emmerich’s apocalyptic disaster film 2012 (2009) we know that 999.85 per mille of the world’s population is doomed to perish…

Read More »
Force 1

Force Majeure (2014) »

By Zhuo-Ning Su.  Swedish comedic drama Force Majeure is a sneaky, unsparing, surgically accurate stab to a very particular part of the human sensibility, which makes it at once hilarious and deeply…

Read More »
Whiplash 1

Whiplash (2014) »

By Sam Littman. Is Whiplash the most controversial film of the year? In January, the film was anointed the American indie to keep an eye on through its festival run…

Read More »
Eraser 1

Eraserhead: David Lynch’s ‘Subconscious Experience’ Released on Criterion »

By Jeremy Carr.  David Lynch, via the Criterion Collection’s newly released Blu-ray of Eraserhead (1977), includes a television calibration option as a supplemental feature. With this, Lynch emphasizes that what…

Read More »

Ida: The Woman’s Path? »

Idafilm-1

By Christopher Sharrett. The films of Pawel Pawlikowski have only intermittently interested me. I found his Woman in the Fifth (2011) utterly…

Read More »

Benny Loves Killing (2012) »

Benny

By Jude Warne. Benny Loves Killing is director Ben Woodiwiss’ debut feature British film, and has multiple festival awards to its name,…

Read More »

Remembering Mani Kaul: A Commemorative DVD Collection »

Dhrupad 1

By Elroy Pinto. On the first anniversary of his death, the Films Division of India released a DVD set that features all…

Read More »

Kill the Messenger: Necessary Politics »

Matar-al-mensajero-4

By Christopher Sharrett. Michael Cuesta’s Kill the Messenger strikes me as a necessary film at a time when the US political cinema…

Read More »

The Tribe: Filmmaking in a Vacuum »

Tribe 4

By Zhuo-Ning Su. The Ukranian dramatic thriller The Tribe marks the arrival of a major directorial talent in Miroslav Slaboshpitsky, who delivers…

Read More »

Van Gogh (1991) »

Gogh 1

By Christopher Neilan.  Pialat is not celebrated in the US like Truffaut, nor adored in critical circles like Godard and Melville.  He’s…

Read More »

Making Reality Work: Before I Go to Sleep »

Before I Go To Sleep Movie 2014

By Jakub Wojnarowski. (Warning: Spoilers ahead.) Every human writes her own story. But how could one make this narrative coherent, if every…

Read More »

Land of Hope (2012) »

Land 1

By Eija Niskanen.  Sion Sono, Japanese cinema’s enfant terrible, has delved into the topic of the 2011 Northern Japan 3/11 triple disaster of…

Read More »

Night Moves: Pessimism Running Deep »

night-moves

By Christopher Sharrett. Kelly Reichardt’s Night Moves was one of the few films of the last season that deserved real recognition and…

Read More »

Phoenix (2014) »

Phoenix 1

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…

Read More »

Project Cancer: Ulay’s Journal from November to November »

pic-tn2-612

By Noah Charney. For performance artists, their bodies are the canvas on which to paint, the marble from which to sculpt. Some…

Read More »

Breaking the Western Trail: Hawks’ Red River on Criterion »

Red River 01

By Matthew Sorrento. In 2008, the Criterion Collection issued Anthony Mann’s The Furies (1950) with the restored film sleeved alongside the 1948…

Read More »

The Passion of Life: Federico Fellini’s Il Bidone »

Bidone 1

By Robert Kenneth Dator.  As with any truly influential director, Federico Fellini—simply, Fellini—has been talked to death. However, with so much talk…

Read More »

Starred Up (2014) »

Starred Up

By Sam Littman.  Within the first fifteen minutes of David Mackenzie’s prison drama Starred Up, it becomes clear that the titular felon,…

Read More »

The Boxtrolls (2014) »

Boxtrolls 1

By Cleaver Patterson.  American-made animated films appear to have a fascination with middle European cities and architecture. Take The Boxtrolls for instance: the latest…

Read More »

La Sirga (2013) »

Sirga 1

By James Teitelbaum. The armed conflict in Columbia has now been claiming lives for fifty years. The Columbian government has been battling…

Read More »

A House of Nightmares: Douglas Sirk’s Sleep, My Love »

Sleep 1

By Jeremy Carr. Sleep, My Love begins with a nightmarish state of panic as Alison Courtland (Claudette Colbert) wakes to find herself…

Read More »

Sleepwalker (1984) »

Sleepwalker 1

By Janine Gericke. Saxon Logan’s 1984 film Sleepwalker was once thought to be lost. Distributors weren’t sure how to market and sell…

Read More »

Love is Strange (2014) »

Love 1

By Mark James. Love is strange, and so is the real estate market these days, especially in New York. Love’s form can…

Read More »

Consumed: David Cronenberg’s Foray into Body Horror Prose »

Consumed

A Book Review by Shane Joaquin Jimenez.  The Nest (2014), the latest film by David Cronenberg, is comprised of a single unbroken…

Read More »

The Varieties of Experience: Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo »

MI 01

By Paul Risker. In my review of Alive Inside for Film International, the idea arose that the act of explaining one’s love…

Read More »

A Most Wanted Man: The Zen of Spydom »

la-et-most-wanted-man

By Jacob Mertens.  At some point in watching modern spy films—be they centered around James Bond, Jason Bourne, Jack Ryan, et al.—viewers…

Read More »

I am Cuba at 50 »

tuqtczodehbotbuo

By James Knight. “My sugar was carried away on ships, but my tears were left behind.” This year marks the fiftieth birthday…

Read More »

Making Personas: Transnational Film Stardom in Modern Japan (2013) »

Personas Small

A Book Review by Carmen Siu. Earlier this year, Avril Lavigne garnered considerable negative attention for her ‘Hello Kitty’ music video. Filmed in…

Read More »

Alive Inside: Reconnecting the Self, with Sound »

Alive Inside 03

By Paul Risker. Earth: a world of sound within a vacuum, despite the best efforts of science fiction to convince us otherwise. Then…

Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) »

Guardians 3

By James Teitelbaum. The coolest thing about Joss Whedon’s film The Avengers (2012) is that it exists. The notion that four major…

Read More »

The Films of Joanna Hogg »

Unrelated

By Gary M. Kramer. With the release of Joanna Hogg’s three features, Unrelated (2007), Archipelago (2010), and Exhibition (2013), it is imperative…

Read More »

What’s at Stake in the Work of Art: John Cassavetes’ The Killing of a Chinese Bookie »

Bookie 1

By Brandon Konecny. Apart from Faces (1968) and A Woman Under the Influence (1974), none of Cassavetes’ films were successful, both commercially…

Read More »

The Time of His Life: Richard Linklater’s Boyhood »

Boyhood 1

By Matthew Sorrento. I honestly hope the “sublime” trend ends soon, with the recent output of Terrence Malick, his bombastic, excessive Tree…

Read More »

Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) »

Picnic 1

By Jeremy Carr.  Even if we weren’t told at the start that Picnic at Hanging Rock was about a group of girls…

Read More »

Hide Your Smiling Faces (2013) »

Faces 3

By Jude Warne. In his 1854 book Walden, Henry David Thoreau sets forth a crucial instruction: “Resign yourself to the influence of…

Read More »

Forsaken Son: Richie Mehta’s Siddharth »

Siddarth 01

By Paul Risker. If film is a visual medium, then Richie Mehta’s Siddharth (2013) places as much emphasis on what is seen…

Read More »

Borgman (2013) »

Borgman 1

By James Teitelbaum. The pivotal moment in Alex van Warmerdam’s Borgman comes at the end of the first act, when the titular…

Read More »

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

Epic 1

By Axel Andersson.  An epic of Everest? The heroics of nature? John Noel’s remarkable 1924 documentary, expertly restored by the BFI with…

Read More »

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

Burning Bush 02

By Paul Risker. Agnieszka Holland’s three part mini-series Burning Bush (2013) opens with a pictorial and musical energy that swings like a…

Read More »

The Cold Lands, Cold Indeed »

The_Cold_Lands 01

By Robert Kenneth Dator. In The Cold Lands prepare for inspired photography by Wyatt Garfield within which images old-growth forests appear like…

Read More »

Features

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

shire2

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

Read More »

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,…

Read More »

The Trouble With Hitchcock »

Marnie

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

Read More »

Female Sexual Pleasure Unpunished in Bright Days Ahead »

15819-1

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

Read More »

Out of the Furnace: The Question of Adversarial Cinema »

christian-bales-out-of-the-furnace-bombsheres-your-box-office-roundup

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

Read More »

Bruno Dumont and the Revival of the Human, Part 3 »

Camille Claudel 1915

By Christopher Sharrett. To Part 2. Hadewijch Hadewijch is the first of two films (the second is Hors Satan) directly focused on…

Read More »

Bruno Dumont and the Revival of the Human, Part 2 »

Flandres

By Christopher Sharrett. To Part 1. L’Humanité Bruno Dumont’s second film has been termed by certain commentators a “remake” of La Vie…

Read More »

Bruno Dumont and the Revival of the Human, Part 1 »

La Vie de Jésus

By Christopher Sharrett. Bruno Dumont is among our most important filmmakers, a fact that has gone mostly unnoticed outside Europe. His particular…

Read More »

Surviving the Monster Mom: Child’s Pose »

1359994232

By Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. “I hope it’s like a mirror.” (Călin Peter Netzer on Child’s Pose) “They fuck you up, your mum…

Read More »

The Narcissistic Sociopathology of Gender: Craig’s Wife and The Hitch-Hiker, Part 2 »

The Hitch-Hiker (19

By Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. To Part 1. While Dorothy Arzner’s Craig’s Wife (1936) revolves around a pathological female who is undone by…

Read More »

Hollywood Nomad: Andrew Dominik’s Aussiewood »

Killing Them Softly

By Stephen Gaunson. “I live here now and I don’t like going home.” (Andrew Dominik qtd. in Sperling 2012) “I wouldn’t mind…

Read More »

Missing in Action: The Lost Version of Vanishing Point »

24741

By Wheeler Winston Dixon. Much has been deservedly written on Richard C. Sarafian’s existential road movie Vanishing Point (1971), a shambling, glorious…

Read More »

The Narcissistic Sociopathology of Gender: Craig’s Wife and The Hitch-Hiker, Part 1 »

CraigsWife191

By Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. It’s instructive to study the work of Dorothy Arzner and Ida Lupino in context with one another. Though…

Read More »

Preliminary Notes on the Monochrome Universe »

Alice in Wonderland (1966)

By Wheeler Winston Dixon. Lately I’ve been thinking about black and white movies, and how they’ve almost completely disappeared from the current…

Read More »

“Illusion and Reality” Films: Genre and Apotheosis »

Lost Highway

By Brian Russell Graham. A great many of the most popular films of recent decades are characterized by a character’s struggle to…

Read More »

From Gangster to Master: the Forgotten Edward G. Robinson »

Teh Hatchet Man

By Matthew Sorrento. I. The Look Robinson’s legion of fans grew after the actor delivered an intense desperation as Rico Bandello in…

Read More »

Rocky Balboa and the Politics of Urban Renewal »

rocky_balboa_wallpaper_2-t2

By Jon Kraszewski. Coming at the end of a film series that had degenerated into useless portraits of cartoonish characters and simplified…

Read More »

The Mother’s Role in Bergman’s Persona »

PDVD_001

By Terence Diggory. CONTENTS The Critical Audience Dramatis Personae Child’s Play Alma Mater Sons and Lovers Fear of Lying Fear of Dying…

Read More »

True Love, Pride, and Passion: Re-viewing Stephen Frears’s Dangerous Liaisons (1988) »

LESLIAISONSDANGEREUS_previe_mainstory1

By Lesley Brill. In Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’s Les Liaisons dangereuses (most of the plot of which Frears’s Dangerous Liaisons follows faithfully),…

Read More »

One-Location Films and How They Achieve Their Success »

Buried

By Victoria Tickle. One-location (or one-room) films are films that do exactly what they say on their metaphorical tins: their narratives take…

Read More »

Our Children, or the Importance of Medea »

Nos Enfants

By Christopher Sharrett. Joachim Lafosse’s Our Children (Á perdre la raison, a.k.a. Loving without Reason, a much more sensible title) put me…

Read More »

The Invisible Cinema of Marcel Hanoun »

L'Été

By Wheeler Winston Dixon. “With poor and derisory resources, with the help and goodwill of those who have worked with me, I…

Read More »

The Noir Vision of Max Ophüls, Romantic Fatalist »

Caught

By Wheeler Winston Dixon. Max Ophüls, born Maximillian Oppenheimer on 6 May 1902, Saarbrücken, Germany, was a director known primarily for his…

Read More »

1970s Rape-Revenge Films and their Remakes: Changing Representations »

I Spit on Your Grave (1978)

By Victoria Tickle. Rape-revenge films are a controversial sub-genre of films that have been the subject of many critical debates surrounding feminism,…

Read More »

The Archaeology of Abjection in The Exorcist »

horror_abc_crimsonquill-191

By Will Dodson. Warner Home Video released a new Blu-ray set of William Friedkin’s The Exorcist on October 8, coinciding with the…

Read More »

Light From the Screen: Cinema, Painting and Spectatorship »

The Strange Case of Angelica

By Wheeler Winston Dixon. Noël Coward once observed that “television is for appearing on – not for looking at,” but as the…

Read More »

Yayoi Kusama: The Orgy of Self Obliteration »

Yayoi Kusama

By Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. As an internationally acclaimed Japanese/American artist, Yayoi Kusama rejects any Orientalist assumptions about her work or her self.…

Read More »

Charles Burnett’s Inner City Portrait: Revisiting Killer of Sheep and the post-Watts crisis on film »

kos1

By Jamie Isbell. Charles Burnett’s UCLA thesis feature Killer of Sheep (1977) has become something of a retrospective masterpiece. A cult artifact…

Read More »

Elvira Notari: A Woman in Search of Desire »

È piccerella

  By Rossella Scalia. My first encounter with the director Elvira Notari occurred randomly, as almost always happens with important meetings. I…

Read More »

Reconsidering The Landscape of the Homoerotic Body in Claire Denis’s Beau Travail »

beau

By Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. I begin, as my title suggests, with a quote from Agnès Godard, the cinematographer of Beau Travail (1999):…

Read More »

“Rip It Up and Start Again:” Scream 4 and Post-? »

splashimage

By Will Dodson. Wes Craven’s Scream 4 is in many ways a fitting capstone to the 9/11 decade, thus the title of…

Read More »

Looking with Julia’s Eyes: Gender, Spectatorship, and Contemporary Spanish Horror Cinema »

_8167

By Ian Olney. Over the past decade or so, the Spanish horror film has undergone a striking renaissance. During the final years…

Read More »

Alice Guy’s La Vie du Christ: A Feminist Vision of the Christ Tale »

aliceguy

By Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. Alice Guy is a filmmaker whose body of work is still a site of contestation for modern critics;…

Read More »

Wong Kar-wai: a Cantonese Auteur »

3492

By Shashank Saurav. “Sometimes they think the way we work is very stylish and romantic, but actually it’s the way we can…

Read More »

Andy’s Gang, or Saturday Morning of the Living Dead »

Froggy Doll

By Wheeler Winston Dixon. “There was a character that hung out in a clock called Froggy, the Magic Gremlin, and they used…

Read More »

Beyond the Hills, or The Woman’s Prison »

beyond-the-hills-1

By Christopher Sharrett. It amazes me that so few reviewers noted emphatically that Cristian Mungiu’s Beyond the Hills (2012), like his earlier…

Read More »
true-detective-finale-1

“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 ever been attempted” (Büttner 2002: 115), has perhaps…

Read More »
RFN

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

By Steve Presence. Political film culture in Britain and elsewhere has expanded dramatically in recent years as access to digital technologies have meshed with socio-political, economic and environmental contexts marked…

Read More »
14-7-31-10566139211201925299892090434

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 unpopular with Iranian critics from the beginning and…

Read More »
Dracula, Prince of Darkness

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

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

Read More »
Here Without Me

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

By Asal Bagheri. [Editor’s note: This essay is published here in conjunction with the publication of Film International 69, vol. 12, no. 3/2014, a special issue devoted to Contemporary Independent…

Read More »
le-miroir-05-10586991zsmuz_1798

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. 3/2014, a special issue devoted to Contemporary Independent…

Read More »
Film_536w_ThinRedLine_B_original

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 experience, therefore, is a process – which we…

Read More »
Trans Feat

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

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 connoisseurs love to take him down. But neither…

Read More »
santo-zombie

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 lucha libre wrestler Santo had never been produced.…

Read More »
Lost City of the Jungle

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

By Wheeler Winston Dixon. What are we watching now at the movies, or on television or Netflix for that matter?[1] Serials – though now they’re called franchises, or mini-series, or…

Read More »
2399595,MRum1fCz2O6_eLuS_9LWpLPsl+_dc+gypBT4ClHIYRsnm+EWsaVCjwlRbnp_jUqxpD4DpoIEurcPu_c64MAIyg==

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 and biographical depiction. However, unlike JFK (1991) and…

Read More »
Netflix headquarters in Los Gatos (California, USA)

Netflix and National Cinemas »

By Wheeler Winston Dixon. This article caught my attention about a week ago, and though I blogged on it then, it seems important enough to me to warrant further exploration.…

Read More »
beyond2

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 read as a companion piece to the film…

Read More »
132524__head_l

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…

Read More »

Blogs