Festival Reports

Little Release and Little Inspiration: Tempo Documentary Festival, Stockholm 2015 »

Spartacus and Cassandra

By Axel Andersson. It was still cold when Stockholm’s documentary film festival Tempo opened in early March. The miserable rain underlined the city’s forlorn dampness for both old and new inhabitants. Roma hounded…

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Premiers Plans 2015 Festival Report »


By Joseph Pomp.  Festival Premiers Plans d’Angers (literally, First Shots Festival of Angers—a city in northwestern France that more than makes up for its size in charm) is arguably the most important celebration…

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The 58th BFI London Film Festival »

Dear White People

By Cleaver Patterson.  Since its inception the BFI London Film Festival has – like the city which hosts it – prided itself in its ability to combine quirkiness with broad appeal. The result…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Keeping the Peace: A SXSW Interview on Peace Officer (2015) »

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By Jude Warne. Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber are no strangers to the investigative process; as immensely talented documentary…

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Filming Independently in Manchester: Lloyd Eyre-Morgan and Neil Ely on Three In a Bed (2014) »

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By Tom Ue. Three In a Bed probes the often-complicated relationship between our families and our romances. Trained at UCLA…

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Da Sweet Blood of Inspiration: A Conversation with Spike Lee »

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by John Duncan Talbird. Back in college, my friends and I went to see Do the Right Thing (1989)…

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Documenting Fiction: Jaret Belliveau and Matthew Bauckman on Kung Fu Elliot (2014) »

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By Paul Risker. Going behind the scenes of Blood Fight, the latest film from amateur filmmaker and aspiring Canadian…

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Banned Again: Kianoosh Ayari on Paternal House (2012) »

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By Amir Ganjavie and Leila Pasandideh. It has been a few weeks since Kianoosh Ayari’s Paternal House (2012) was banned from screening, for the second time. At…

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The Life of Paganini: Bernard Rose on The Devil’s Violinist (2013) »

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By Jude Warne. Bernard Rose is a firm believer of the interrelations of film and music. Music always seems…

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New Perspectives: John Boorman on Queen and Country »

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By Matthew Sorrento. John Boorman’s status as a major filmmaker was sealed with five words from Lee Marvin: “I defer…

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Pure Animation: Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi on The Boxtrolls »

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By Paul Risker. From the pages of Alan Smith’s Here Be Monsters! (2005) Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi release…

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A Man in Full: An Interview with Steve James on Life Itself »

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By Paul Risker. For Life Itself (2014) – a prominent snub by the Academy in the documentary category this year –…

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  1. Tall Tales: Now You Are, Now You’re Gone
  2. Keeping the Peace: A SXSW Interview on Peace Officer (2015)
  3. El Club: A Berlinale Review
  4. Little Release and Little Inspiration: Tempo Documentary Festival, Stockholm 2015
  5. Filming Independently in Manchester: Lloyd Eyre-Morgan and Neil Ely on Three In a Bed (2014)
  6. Call for Submissions to a Special Issue of the Journal of Popular Film and Television on Holmes Onscreen (Tentative Title)
  7. Ghost in the Light: Nina Forever (A SXSW Review)
  8. The Site of Nature: Exteriority and Overexposure in The Thin Red Line
  9. Premiers Plans 2015 Festival Report
  10. Da Sweet Blood of Inspiration: A Conversation with Spike Lee
  11. Victoria: A Berlinale Review
  12. Documenting Fiction: Jaret Belliveau and Matthew Bauckman on Kung Fu Elliot (2014)
  13. Banned Again: Kianoosh Ayari on Paternal House (2012)
  14. Il Sorpasso (1962)
  15. So It Goes in What We Do in the Shadows (2014)
  16. The Life of Paganini: Bernard Rose on The Devil’s Violinist (2013)
  17. A Future for Indigenous Media Studies: The Fourth Eye: Māori Media in Aotearoa New Zealand, Ed. Brendan Hokowhitu and Vijay Devadas (2013)
  18. In Defense of Hitchcock and Serious Criticism
  19. New Perspectives: John Boorman on Queen and Country
  20. Pure Animation: Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi on The Boxtrolls
  21. A Man in Full: An Interview with Steve James on Life Itself
  22. Rare Screening of the Films of Jim Krell, Anthology Film Archives, April 17, 2015
  23. Girlhood: A Sundance Review
  24. Theeb of the West: An Interview with Naji Abu Nowar
  25. Waiting Around for Something to Happen: Don Carpenter and The Hollywood Trilogy
  1. Jude Warne: Thanks Wheeler, Matt – I thought this film was truly great, and Mariana and Marite are such...
  2. Jude Warne: Thank you!! I like the POV idea too Gwendolyn, especially since the Frankenstein story has been done so...
  3. Trevor Mowchun: Thank you Christopher for taking the time and patience, and I’m quite relieved that your...
  4. Christopher Sharrett: Trevor, My quibbles with your essay are not all that relevant to its understanding. A serious,...
  5. Frank P. Tomasulo: Apart from the factual errors that my friend Wheeler Dixon acknowledges, identification in cinema...



Tall Tales: Now You Are, Now You’re Gone »

By Noah Charney. Gangsters, guns, violence, wit. Let me begin by praising Tall Tales: Now You Are, Now You’re Gone (Suplje Price: Zdej te je, a zdej te ni) for…

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El Club: A Berlinale Review »

By Zhuo-Ning Su.  When No (2012) took the festival circuit by storm and eventually won a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nomination some years back, there were probably a handful of…

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Ghost in the Light: Nina Forever (A SXSW Review) »

By Paul Risker. From its opening breath, Nina Forever feels like a film that appeals not solely to our superficial and aesthetic gaze, but to our instincts. The opening sounds of…

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Victoria: A Berlinale Review »

By Zhuo-Ning Su.  Calling German writer/director Sebastian Schipper’s Victoria the runaway sensation at this year’s Berlin Film Festival is overstating it a little bit, considering how critical response to the film…

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Il Sorpasso (1962) »

By Jeremy Carr. Bruno Cortona (Vittorio Gassman) zips along deserted Roman streets in his Lancia Aurelia B24. In search of a telephone, he is a high-speed automotive speck dwarfed by…

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So It Goes in What We Do in the Shadows (2014) »

By Matthew Sorrento. In his essay “A Spanner in the Works?: Genre, Narrative and the Hollywood Comedian,” Frank Krutnik details how classical Hollywood comedies were built around a star comedian. Designed…

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A Future for Indigenous Media Studies: The Fourth Eye: Māori Media in Aotearoa New Zealand, Ed. Brendan Hokowhitu and Vijay Devadas (2013) »

A Book Review by Brandon Konecny.  With a fascinating lineage spanning from the Treaty of Waitangi to the inception of the first ever state-funded Indigenous television station, New Zealand has…

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Girlhood: A Sundance Review »

By Jacob Mertens. In an early sequence in Céline Sciamma’s Girlhood, a group of girls walk home at night after a football game, weaving through featureless concrete high rises. One…

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Waiting Around for Something to Happen: Don Carpenter and The Hollywood Trilogy »

A Book Review by John Duncan Talbird. Don Carpenter killed himself in 1995. He was a writer’s writer, never famous for the ten or so novels, dozens of stories, or screenplays…

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Sundays and Cybèle: Serge Bourguignon’s Oscar Winner Now on Criterion »

By Jude Warne.  On April 8th 1963, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, it was announced that Serge Bourguignon’s film Sundays and Cybèle had won the Academy Award for Best…

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99 Homes: A Sundance Review »

By Jacob Mertens.  Ramin Bahrani—known in the indie festival circuit for his subtle, observational features Man Push Cart (2005), Chop Shop (2007), and Goodbye Solo (2008)—enters the current festival year…

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The Duke of Burgundy: Sex Film, No Nudity »

By John Duncan Talbird. Peter Strickland’s new film, The Duke of Burgundy, is a cleverly beautiful and beautifully crafted exploration of the humiliation of servitude and the power struggles that…

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Two Days, One Night: Woman at Work »

By Christopher Sharrett. I have been meaning for some time to applaud the work of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. Their new film Two Days, One Night seems the appropriate occasion…

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Hans Helmut Prinzler’s Sirens & Sinners: A Visual History of Weimar Film 1918-1933 (2013) »

A Book Review by Brandon Konecny. Having reviewed books on cinema, one of its main pleasures is discovering unexplored clefts in the art’s brief history. There’s always something new. Did…

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The Tedious Body Horror of Wetlands (2013) »

By James Teitelbaum. “The vagina reeks of life and love and the infinite et cetera. O vagina! Your salty incense, your mushroom moon musk, your deep waves of clam honey…

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Still The Enemy Within (Owen Gower, 2014, UK) »

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By Anthony Killick. Owen Gower’s debut feature film offers a narrative of the 1984-85 miners strike, the loss of which has triggered…

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American Sniper: War’s Glories »


By Christopher Sharrett. For a number of years there has been considerable critical palaver about the “ambiguities” of Clint Eastwood’s ideology, with…

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Appropriate Behavior: Not a Chick Flick »


By John Duncan Talbird. Writer-Director Desiree Akhavan’s funny and touching first film, Appropriate Behavior, is one of a type of smart, simple…

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Bridging the Divides: The Fine Lines of Crime Across 110th Street »

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By Jeremy Carr.  The holdup that begins the 1972 film Across 110th Street pits a trio of low-level amateurs against an established,…

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World Film Locations: Toronto: 2014 »

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A Book Review By Carmen Siu. One hundred and eighty years young, the city of Toronto has a lot to boast about. ‘T-Dot’…

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Foxcatcher: Wealth, Power, Repression »


By Christopher Sharrett. I was far more impressed than I thought I might be with Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, a compelling film at…

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Elia Kazan’s Boomerang!: A Film of Qualified Pleasures »

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By Chris Neilan.  Between 1945 and 1957 Greek born Elia Kazantzoglou had no directorial equal in Hollywood. The films he made in…

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Brainquake: the Last Samuel Fuller Novel »

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A Book Review by John Duncan Talbird. In his 1968 study The American Cinema: Directors and Directions, Andrew Sarris wrote that Samuel Fuller…

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Whiplash and the Deathliness of Co-opted Jazz »

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By William Repass.  In Damien Chazelle’s new film Whiplash (2014), aspiring jazz drummer and conservatory freshman Andrew (Miles Teller) and his father…

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

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By James Teitelbaum. Near the end of The Missing Picture, director Rithy Panh’s grim memoir of life under the Khmer Rouge regime…

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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…

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

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By John Duncan Talbird. No person looks into the camera in a Frederick Wiseman documentary. Some critics use the term cinéma vérité…

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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…

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Lucky: 2011 »

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

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Nightcrawler: Blood from All of Us »

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By Matthew Sorrento. He can “work all day, and creep all night,” stated Dr. James Grigson, nicknamed Dr. Death (for his penchant…

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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,…

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

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

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Fate and History: Volker Schlöndorff’s Diplomacy »

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By Paul Risker. Cities rise, or fall, at the will of men. In a conflict of wills in 1944, Paris, the “City…

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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…

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Force Majeure (2014) »

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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,…

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Whiplash (2014) »

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By Sam Littman. Is Whiplash the most controversial film of the year? In January, the film was anointed the American indie to…

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

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

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Ida: The Woman’s Path? »


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

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Benny Loves Killing (2012) »


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

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Remembering Mani Kaul: A Commemorative DVD Collection »

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

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Kill the Messenger: Necessary Politics »


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

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The Tribe: Filmmaking in a Vacuum »

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

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Van Gogh (1991) »

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

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Making Reality Work: Before I Go to Sleep »

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

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Land of Hope (2012) »

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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…

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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…

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Phoenix (2014) »

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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…

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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…

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

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

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

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

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Starred Up (2014) »

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

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The Boxtrolls (2014) »

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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…

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La Sirga (2013) »

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

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

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

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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 »

Lost City of the Jungle

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 »

Netflix headquarters in Los Gatos (California, USA)

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

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

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


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

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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…

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Surviving the Monster Mom: Child’s Pose »


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

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

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

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Hollywood Nomad: Andrew Dominik’s Aussiewood »

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

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Missing in Action: The Lost Version of Vanishing Point »


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

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


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

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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…

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“Illusion and Reality” Films: Genre and Apotheosis »

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

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

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

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Rocky Balboa and the Politics of Urban Renewal »


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

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The Mother’s Role in Bergman’s Persona »


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

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


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

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One-Location Films and How They Achieve Their Success »


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

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Our Children, or the Importance of Medea »

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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…

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The Invisible Cinema of Marcel Hanoun »


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

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The Noir Vision of Max Ophüls, Romantic Fatalist »


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

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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,…

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The Archaeology of Abjection in The Exorcist »


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

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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 emblems of our thoughts? The world is emblematic.”…

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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, for example, because we think that John Bunyan’s…

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Lemmy Caution & Dr. Von Braun in Alphaville

Humanities in the Digital Era »

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

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The Theory of Everything

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

By Sheana Ochoa. Anyone who has watched the scene in the trailer of The Theory of Everything when Stephen Hawking’s character pulls himself up a staircase knows the film is…

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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 has fallen on hard times in the last…

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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 of the most censorious democratic countries in the…

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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 the midnight hour.” (Wilson “the Wicked” Pickett) “Nature…

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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 precipitated it, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s The…

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BOYHOOD: remarkable or overrated?

The Best of 2014 – and the Most Overrated »

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

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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 Jacques Tati’s working life is his minimal output…

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

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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 of independent media collectives that are all more…

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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 unpopular with Iranian critics from the beginning and…

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“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…

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