Festival Reports

Highlights from the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival »

Speedy (1928)

By Jordan R. Young. To vintage film enthusiasts–more than 28,000 last year–April means it’s time for the TCM Classic Film Festival. The eighth annual event took place over three days and four nights…

Read More »

A Tool for Travelling: Transatlantyk Festival, Łódź (14 – 21 July 2017) »

The Beksińskis: A Sound and Picture Album

By Alex Ramon. Now in its seventh year, Poland’s Transatlantyk Festival remains a spearheading festival in a country that, despite its current volatile political climate, doesn’t yet lack for dynamic, high-profile cultural events:…

Read More »

Art Film Fest 2017: 25 Years »

Paula

By Robert Buckeye. Art Film Fest in Košice, Slovakia (16-24 June) provided greater opportunities for those who seek out film however they can by screening films that were seen recently and awarded at…

Read More »

Viennale and Thessaloniki Film Festival 2016 »

Park

By Yun-hua Chen. Viennale and Thessaloniki Film Festival are two of the finest film festivals in Europe. Viennale curates the best arthouse films of the year from all major film festivals and is…

Read More »

Doku.Art Essaybox and Around The World in 14 Films 2016 Report »

Call Her Applebroog

By Yun-hua Chen.  Doku.Arts Essaybox and Around The World in 14 Films are embellishing Berlin’s autumn cinemascape for sure, each in its own way. The former prides itself on the curation of documentaries…

Read More »

The 2017 AFI DOCS Short Films »

Life, Death, and Cheerleading

By Gary M. Kramer. The short documentary films at this year’s AFI DOCS ranged from the political to the personal. The political shorts were part of the festival’s “World Views” program. One of…

Read More »

The 3rd Annual Ecuadorian Film Festival »

Territorio

By Gary M. Kramer. Ecuadorian cinema has been booming in recent years, and the 3rd Ecuadorian Film Festival in New York, June 9-17, showcases films by some of the most intriguing directors from…

Read More »

Cannes 2017 Wrap-up: Four from the Official Competition and Un Certain Regard »

April's Daughters

By Ali Moosavi. In A Gentle Creature, by the Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa which played at the Cannes Official Competition, a woman in a Russian village receives a parcel, which she had sent to…

Read More »
Interview

Always Fearless: An Interview with Karen Allen on Year by the Sea »

Year 02

By Tom Ue. Actress and director Karen Allen may be best known for her performance as the fearless heroine…

Read More »

Adapting to Brevity: Steven McCarthy on We Forgot to Break Up »

We Forgot

By Tom Ue. We Forgot to Break Up is having its world premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Directed…

Read More »

Everything’s Game: An Interview with Filmmaker/Historian John Gallagher »

JG portrait

By Melissa Webb. Born in 1955 in Flushing, New York, John Gallagher has been an integral player in New York…

Read More »

The Pulse of Russian City Life: An Interview with Johnny O’Reilly on Moscow Never Sleeps »

Moscow 02

By Sergey Toymentsev. Johnny O’Reilly is an Irish director making movies in Russia and with an exclusively Russian cast. Such…

Read More »

Haunted Houses and Gothic Dread: An Interview with Brian O’Malley on The Lodgers (TIFF) »

THE-LODGERS-FINISH-KEY-ART-e1503514359873

By Jeremy Carr. The Lodgers is a gothic horror tale set in 1920 Ireland. Directed by Brian O’Malley, it is…

Read More »

A Titan In His Prime: Robert Mugge on Sonny Rollins and Saxophone Colossus (1986) »

MVD9687BR

By Pete Donnelly. Left in the wake of rock and roll’s growing popularity, jazz icons essentially stood as living monuments…

Read More »

Forgotten Innovators – An Interview with Kate Saccone on Early Women Filmmakers: An International Anthology »

Early Women 01

By Anna Weinstein. Released in May 2017, Early Women Filmmakers: An International Anthology includes nearly eleven hours of material…

Read More »

A Blast From the Past: A Few Minutes with Ralph S. Hirshorn, Director of 1962’s The Dismembered »

Dis Int 01

By Elias Savada. This wasn’t supposed to be an interview. While writing my review of the Blu-Ray of his…

Read More »

Breaking All Stereotypes: An Interview with Egyptian Director Mohamed Diab at Cannes »

Clash (2016)

By Neila Driss. The Egyptian screenwriter and director Mohamed Diab is a bold filmmaker, unafraid of tackling subjects that…

Read More »

From Chile to High Concept: Marko Zaror on Savage Dog »

Savage 02

By Martin Kudláč. Marko Zaror, Chilean-born martial artist known from the films of Robert Rodriguez, stars as the nemesis, Rastingac, to…

Read More »

Visions of Invasion: An Interview with Mathieu Ratthe on The Gracefield Incident »

Gracefield 01

By Jeremy Carr. Before ever beginning his debut feature film, director Mathieu Ratthe had proven himself adept at two critical…

Read More »

MOST RECENT

  1. New York Plays Itself: Brian Tochterman’s The Dying City
  2. Always Fearless: An Interview with Karen Allen on Year by the Sea
  3. Life on Hold: Mike Leigh’s Meantime (Criterion Collection)
  4. Culture, Style, Voice, Motion: The Sinophone Cinema of Hou Hsiao-hsien by Christopher Lupke
  5. All That’s Lost: Rebecca from the Criterion Collection
  6. Love Kills: Sid & Nancy from the Criterion Collection
  7. Stephen King’s IT: Unneeded Horrors
  8. Adapting to Brevity: Steven McCarthy on We Forgot to Break Up
  9. The Sublime Beauty of Jacques Demy’s The Umbrellas of Cherbourg on Criterion
  10. Cultivating Young Minds: School Life
  11. Everything’s Game: An Interview with Filmmaker/Historian John Gallagher
  12. Catharsis, Backstage and Beyond: Spettacolo
  13. Film Scratches: Suspended Ecstasies – Skin Deep (2015)
  14. Film Scratches: Songs Behind the Silence – Stille Stadt (2015)
  15. Film Scratches: Matter = Energy = Images – Shot on Blood (2010)
  16. Anti Matter: Alice Tumbles Down the Wormhole
  17. Updating the Debate – The Elusive Auteur: The Question of Film Authorship Throughout the Age of Cinema by Barrett Hodsdon
  18. A World of One’s Own: The Endearing Humanity of Pavel Cuzuioc’s Secondo Me
  19. Cops, Criminals, and Cultural Revolution: The Nile Hilton Incident
  20. Daughter of the South, Star Across Borders – Ava: A Life in Movies by Kendra Bean and Anthony Uzarowski
  21. The Pulse of Russian City Life: An Interview with Johnny O’Reilly on Moscow Never Sleeps
  22. The Last Hurrah of John Garfield: Criterion’s The Breaking Point (1950)
  23. Gilda Lost and Gilda Regained: Concerning The Lady Eve’s Destructive Relationship with Two Sexually Confused Adams
  24. Haunted Houses and Gothic Dread: An Interview with Brian O’Malley on The Lodgers (TIFF)
  25. A Workman Finding His Artistry: The Cinematography of Roger Corman by Pawel Aleksandrowicz
  26. The Brethren of GG (i.e., Jesus Christ) Allin: The Allins
  27. For Tobe Hooper: 1943-2017
  28. Siri Grows Up: Marjorie Prime
  29. The Cinematic Culture of Conspicuous Consumption – When Knighthood was in Flower (1922)
  30. I Did…You Shouldn’t: I Do…Until I Don’t
  1. Tony Williams: Thank you, Adrian. Contrary to my initial expectations due to doing too many reviews as necessary...
  2. Adrian Danks: Thanks for this terrific review Tony. Barrett is indeed a key and highly influential figure in...
  3. Christopher Weedman: Thank you for the kind words, Chris. It is a great to see Demy finally getting the respect he...
  4. Tony Williams: Well said, Chris. I feel that Bogart’s final lines at the end of THE HARDER THEY FALL (1956) be...
  5. Christopher Sharrett: There have, of course, been adaptations of Hard Times on the BBC, all a bit polite....

Review

Midnight Cowboy (1969)

New York Plays Itself: Brian Tochterman’s The Dying City »

A Book Review by John Duncan Talbird. In Thom Anderson’s documentary, Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003), the history and culture of L.A. is narrated over film clips from other movies.…

Read More »
Meantime 01

Life on Hold: Mike Leigh’s Meantime (Criterion Collection) »

By Jeremy Carr. Based solely on his latest string of features – Happy-Go-Lucky (2008), Another Year (2010), Mr. Turner (2014) – one might reasonably assume all Mike Leigh films are mostly…

Read More »
A Time to Live, a Time to Die (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 1985)

Culture, Style, Voice, Motion: The Sinophone Cinema of Hou Hsiao-hsien by Christopher Lupke »

A Book Review by Yun-hua Chen. Christopher Lupke’s The Sinophone Cinema of Hou Hsiao-hsien: Culture, Style, Voice, and Motion (Cambria, 2016) is a well-informed book straddling between the disciplines of…

Read More »
Rececca 01

All That’s Lost: Rebecca from the Criterion Collection »

By Tony Williams. Criterion initially offered Rebecca (1940) on a 2-disc DVD edition in 2001 but following loss of copyright a few years later it became an expensive collector’s item,…

Read More »
Chloe Webb and Gary Oldman in the film Sid and Nancy

Love Kills: Sid & Nancy from the Criterion Collection »

By Jeremy Carr. Sid & Nancy, Alex Cox’s 1986 biopic about raucous Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious (Gary Oldman) and his equally rowdy girlfriend Nancy Spungen (Chloe Webb), begins in the…

Read More »
It 02

Stephen King’s IT: Unneeded Horrors »

By Christopher Sharrett. I have never much admired the horror fiction of Stephen King, which I’ve called the “hoagie sandwich” approach to the genre, with numerous conventions, images, and devices…

Read More »
Umbrellas 01

The Sublime Beauty of Jacques Demy’s The Umbrellas of Cherbourg on Criterion »

By Christopher Weedman. When celebrated French film director Jacques Demy and composer Michel Legrand were experiencing difficulty securing financing for Les parapluies de Cherbourg/The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964), Italian producer Carlo…

Read More »
hero_School-feat

Cultivating Young Minds: School Life »

By Elias Savada. In the quaint, historic town of Kells in County Meath, home to Ireland’s only independent documentary film festival, it seems rather fitting that this is also the locale…

Read More »
spettacolo03

Catharsis, Backstage and Beyond: Spettacolo »

By Jeremy Carr. There was no plan to launch an annual undertaking where the residents of Monticchiello, a small Tuscan village, would enact theatrical renderings of their own lives in an…

Read More »
Anti 02

Anti Matter: Alice Tumbles Down the Wormhole »

By Elias Savada. Memory loss and Queen of Hearts madness team up against a you-shouldn’t-play-with-Mother-Nature anti-hero in Anti Matter, an ambitious and entertaining sci-fi effort from director-writer Keir Burrows. He’s a…

Read More »
Elusive MAIN

Updating the Debate – The Elusive Auteur: The Question of Film Authorship Throughout the Age of Cinema by Barrett Hodsdon »

A Book Review by Tony Williams. Barrett Hodsdon is an unfamiliar name to me, chiefly because I do not reside in Australia. However, like Victor Perkins, he seems to have…

Read More »
Secondo_Me_1

A World of One’s Own: The Endearing Humanity of Pavel Cuzuioc’s Secondo Me »

By Brandon Konecny.  Pavel Cuzuioc is a filmmaker with a flair for creating thoughtful meditations on working-class people, and he doesn’t diverge from this course in his recent documentary Secondo…

Read More »
Nile 03

Cops, Criminals, and Cultural Revolution: The Nile Hilton Incident »

By Jeremy Carr. There are bound to be comparisons made between Tarik Saleh’s The Nile Hilton Incident and several films of the past. Understandably so. This 2017 thriller, a multinational coproduction,…

Read More »
Night of the Iguana (1964)

Daughter of the South, Star Across Borders – Ava: A Life in Movies by Kendra Bean and Anthony Uzarowski »

A Book Review by Louis J. Wasser. I once confessed to a friend that, despite my preoccupation with serious film, I remained guilty of sporting an unabashed crush on Ava…

Read More »
Breaking 01

The Last Hurrah of John Garfield: Criterion’s The Breaking Point (1950) »

By Tony Williams. Since the inclusion of a co-written article by Tom Flinn and John Davis in the pre-David Bordwell University of Wisconsin-Madison era of The Velvet Light Trap (in…

Read More »
gilda 3

Gilda Lost and Gilda Regained: Concerning The Lady Eve’s Destructive Relationship with Two Sexually Confused Adams »

By James Churchill. Nobody forgets the first time they experienced Hayworth’s sudden emergence from the bottom of the frame in Gilda. The quick snap of the head that sends her hair…

Read More »
Corman-01 Feat

A Workman Finding His Artistry: The Cinematography of Roger Corman by Pawel Aleksandrowicz »

A Book Review by Brad Cook. For many film fans, myself included, the name Roger Corman typically evokes an immediate response: That guy who makes schlocky movies quickly and cheaply and…

Read More »
Maj 01

Siri Grows Up: Marjorie Prime »

By Elias Savada. In a lovely, earth-toned Long Island beach house, Walter Lancaster (Jon Hamm) comes and goes in rather disconcerting fashion. He doesn’t use the door or walk in…

Read More »
Marion_Davies_-_Arthur_Forrest_-_1922_-_When_Knighthood_Was_In_Flower

The Cinematic Culture of Conspicuous Consumption – When Knighthood was in Flower (1922) »

By Tony Williams. Like Alejandro Jodorowsky’s recently released Endless Poetry (2016) and Samantha Fuller’s tribute to her late father A Fuller Life (2013), the DVD restoration of one of Marion…

Read More »
I Do 01

I Did…You Shouldn’t: I Do…Until I Don’t »

By Elias Savada. There are problems a-plenty in Vero Beach, Florida, and after watching them dribble forth in the lame ensemble comedy I Do…Until I Don’t, I feel that this…

Read More »

The Trip to Spain: A Road Best Not Taken »

null

By Elias Savada. Always light-hearted and entertaining, the deadpan road films featuring the improvisation talents of Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon have christened…

Read More »

On “Symbolic Annihilation”: Killing Off the Lesbians by Liz Millward, Janice G. Dodd, and Irene Fubara-Manuel »

xena-gabrielle-lovewins (1)

A Book Review by Gary M. Kramer. Killing Off the Lesbians by Liz Millward, Janice G. Dodd and Irene Fubara-Manuel (McFarland, 2017) addresses the…

Read More »

Modes of Viewing and Censoring – The Other Air Force: U.S. Efforts to Reshape Middle Eastern Media Since 9/11 by Matt Sienkiewicz »

From Ma'an News Agency (Palestine) coverage

A Book Review by Ipek A. Celik Rappas. The Other Air Force explores post-9/11 US investments in Middle Eastern broadcasting initiatives especially…

Read More »

Ham on Die, with a Side of Cupcakes and Beer: The Dismembered »

the_dismembered-blu-ray

By Elias Savada. Taking a film out of distribution purgatory, Garagehouse Pictures is the final link in a rescue involving an obscure…

Read More »

20 Rms, Expanding Views: Dave Made a Maze »

Dave 02

By Elias Savada. Is there any way to regain whatever amount of dignity an actor has gained in his career after he’s played…

Read More »

Rebelling in the Right Direction: Midnight Movie Monographs’ Martin by Jez Winship and Theatre of Blood by John Llewellyn Probert »

Martin (1977)

A Book Review by Tony Williams. Before the successful re-launching of We Are the Martians, editor Neil Snowdon initiated a new series…

Read More »

As Offbeat As Fancher: Escapes »

Blade Runner (1982)

By Jeremy Carr. Escapes, a new documentary from director Michael Almereyda and executive producer Wes Anderson, begins with Philip K. Dick’s ruminations on…

Read More »

From Brooklyn, with Camp – Paul Bartel: The Life and Films by Stephen B. Armstrong »

EATING RAOUL, Mary Woronov, Paul Bartel, 1982, TM & Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All ri

A Book Review by Irv Slifkin. Say the name and the image of an overweight, balding man with a neatly trimmed beard…

Read More »

Gazpacho with A Shot of Estrogen: Almodovar’s Women On The Verge of a Nervous Breakdown »

Women 01

By Kate Hearst. As statistics continue to demonstrate the persistent imbalance of women’s representation on screen,[1] Pedro Almodovar’s Women On the Verge…

Read More »

The Dark Tower: The Mighty King Has Fallen »

Dark 02

By Elias Savada. The phrase “lump of coal” comes to mind after watching The Dark Tower, a lavish and most definitely lackluster CliffsNotes…

Read More »

After Love: Verity and Banality »

After Love

By Jeremy Carr. While watching After Love, a 2016 film about a Brussels couple in the midst of an emotionally evolving but physically…

Read More »

On the Road to Nirvana: Jodorowsky’s Endless Poetry »

Endless 01

By Elias Savada. “A naked virgin will illuminate your path with a blazing butterfly.” Yes, just the kind of fertile, fantastic utterance you…

Read More »

Bisarjan: Kaushik Ganguly on Unrequited Love »

Bisrjan

By Devapriya Sanyal and Melissa Webb. On the banks of the Padma lives Padma Halder, named after one of the bigger rivers flowing between the…

Read More »

Two California Raisins Walk Into a Sitcom: Landline »

Landline

By Elias Savada. Three years ago, filmmaker Gillian Robespierre arrived at the Sundance Film Festival with her first feature, Obvious Child, a small,…

Read More »

Coppola’s Dazzling Teenage Dream: Rumble Fish (Criterion Collection) »

On the Set of

By Jeremy Carr. Two credits stand out on Francis Ford Coppola’s 1983 film Rumble Fish. One is Stewart Copeland, then drummer for The…

Read More »

Laid to Rest: Frederic Mermoud’s Moka »

MOKA 1

By Devapriya Sanyal and Melissa Webb. Frederic Mermoud’s French-thriller Moka (2016) centers on a grieving woman who is on the hunt for the…

Read More »

Beatriz at Dinner: Necessary Cinema »

Beatriz at Dinner

By Christopher Sharrett. There are certainly films more perceptive about class and race than Beatriz at Dinner, a film I put off seeing since…

Read More »

Nothing’s Changed: Lost in America (Criterion Collection) »

Lost Feat

By Jessica Baxter. It’s been over 30 years since Albert Brooks unleashed his on-point satire about the mental unraveling of dissatisfied yuppies…

Read More »

L’argent: Bresson Ends »

Largent 01

By Christopher Sharrett. The terms “ascetic” and “austere” are too-common adjectives applied to the films of Robert Bresson. It is reasonable to…

Read More »

A Stumble in the Woods: First Kill »

First

By Elias Savada. Bruce Willis still tracks 243 on the IMDB.com STARmeter scale (I’m at 1,325,678). All kind of entertainment folk are…

Read More »

Diversity and Unity – Global Cinematic Cities: New Landscapes of Film and Media Edited by Johan Andersson and Lawrence Webb »

Bron Broen (2011- )

A Book Review by Margaret C. Flinn. Johan Andersson and Lawrence Webb’s Global Cinema Cities (Columbia UP, 2016) poses as its task to…

Read More »

Out of the Dark(room) and Into the Light – The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography »

B-Side 02

By Elias Savada. There is an elegant, simple beauty in documentarian Errol Morris’s affectionate portrait of his friend, soft-spoken, 80-year-old Elsa Dorfman, in…

Read More »

Eleven Heroines Does a Feminist Film Make: Reading Srijit Mukherjee’s Rajkahini »

rajkahani 01

By Devapriva Sanyal and Melissa Webb. Srijit Mukherji’s Rajkahini (2015) is the Bengali version of 2017’s much feted Begum Jaan, the film which served…

Read More »

A Most Assured First Feature: One Penny »

One 01

By Elias Savada. Part I: The Buildup So, how many teenagers have you met who say they want to make movies when they…

Read More »

Maurice Revisited: A Timely Return to Theaters »

Maurice 01

By Anthony Uzarowski. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexual acts in the UK. There could be no better time…

Read More »

A Feisty Wizard of Cinema: Mickey Rooney, a Show Business Life by James A. MacEachern »

Rooney 02

A Book Review by Louis J. Wasser. If the glimpses we catch on screen of an actor’s body of work ultimately amount…

Read More »

The Good Bones of Lady Macbeth »

Lady 02

By John Duncan Talbird. Although not well known today, Nikolai Leskov was a famous Russian writer in the 19th century admired by such…

Read More »

A Road Movie at “Elephant Speed”: Pop Aye »

Pop Aye 01

By Jeremy Carr. The first shot of Pop Aye (2017), Kirsten Tan’s feature film debut, shows the story’s two protagonists – the…

Read More »

Bla(h)sphemy to the Nunth Degree: The Little Hours »

Little 02

By Elias Savada. The hip medieval stew being served up in Jeff Baena’s The Little Hours is overcooked with naughty nuns sexually…

Read More »

Authorship, History, and Reception: The Cinema of Hal Hartley edited by Steven Rybin »

Henry Fool (1997)

A Book Review by John Duncan Talbird. Ideas, for Deleuze, do not exist above life as ideal forms but come from life as…

Read More »

The Unhappiness of Growing Up: Sami Blood »

hero_Sami-Blood-2017

By Elias Savada. The sad fate and cruel savagery hoisted on many indigenous people have been part of an angst-filled sidebar on the…

Read More »

Baby Driver: With Films Like This, Who Needs Drugs? »

Baby 01

By Elias Savada. With an omp pa pa, everybody sing! “Music Makes the Wheels Go Round, the Wheels Go Round, the Wheels Go…

Read More »

Mutating War Traumas: Monsters in the Machine by Steffen Hantke »

i-married-a-monster-from-outer-space

A Book Review by Christopher Weedman. Steffen Hantke’s welcome new book Monsters in the Machine: Science Fiction Film and the Militarization of…

Read More »

Ivor and Hitch: the Criterion 2017 DVD Versions of The Lodger and Downhill »

Lodger 04

By Tony Williams. Although currently promoted mainly as a restoration of The Lodger (1927), a film that its director regarded as his…

Read More »

Power Off: Kill Switch »

Kill-Switch

By Elias Savada. There’s a lot of technical wizardry afoot in Dutch filmmaker Tim Smit’s feature directorial debut Kill Switch, an indie sci…

Read More »

Taking Stock – The Second Edition of the Criterion Collection’s Straw Dogs »

Straw 03

By Tony Williams. In 2003 Criterion issued a two-disk DVD version of Sam Peckinpah’s controversial Straw Dogs (1971) when the issue of…

Read More »

Eternal Fugitives: Nicholas Ray’s They Live by Night from Criterion »

They Live 04

By Tony Williams. Again Criterion have provided us with a welcome reissue of a classic film noir now in a new 2k digital…

Read More »

Cinematic Archeology and the Portrayal of a “Wonder Woman”: Letters from Baghdad »

Letters 01

By Martin Kudláč. In the 1996 film The English Patient directed by Anthony Minghella is a scene with British soldiers examining a…

Read More »

An Appreciation of Call Me By Your Name »

Call 1

By Zhuo-Ning Su.  Films are lives imagined, projected, simulated. When the play-pretend is effective and the make-believe works, we can hope to…

Read More »

Documenting Post-Millennial Teens: All This Panic »

All This 02

By Kate Hearst. With an artful lens, All This Panic captures the awkward and fleeting stage of teenagers on the cusp of…

Read More »

You Can’t Keep Quiet Anymore: Atomic Homefront »

atomic01

By Elias Savada. If you’re not screaming mad by the end of Atomic Homefront, you obviously believe the system works. As a study…

Read More »

No Future: Ghost World (Criterion Collection) »

Ghost 01

By Christopher Sharrett. I should say at the outset that my thoughts about the social-political vision (or failure thereof) of Terry Zwigoff’s…

Read More »

Auteur as Raconteur: Director’s Cut by Ted Kotcheff, with Josh Young »

Ted Kotcheff 01

A Book Review by Irv Slifkin. Who would have figured the Canadian director of such diverse films as The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1974),…

Read More »

Marlon Rides Again!: One Eyed Jacks from Criterion »

One Eyed 04

By Tony Williams. In his 2015 detailed and definitive study The Authentic Death and Contentious Afterlife of Pat Garrett and Billy the…

Read More »

No Pity for Emily Dickinson: A Quiet Passion »

Quiet 01

By John Duncan Talbird. Terrance Davies’ most recent film, A Quiet Passion, is a strange drama. It is a biopic and a period…

Read More »

Phoenix Sans Gimmicks: You Were Never Really Here (Cannes 2017 Review) »

You-Were-Never-Really-Here-1

By Ali Moosavi. Lynn Ramsey’s violent film noir was the last film to be shown at the Cannes Official Competition. It is based…

Read More »

The Lights Are On, But Is Anybody Home?: House & House II on Arrow/MVD »

House II 01

By Jeremy Carr. The 1980s was a pivotal period for horror films. As low-budget “Video Nasty” provocations steadily faded from America’s grindhouse…

Read More »

Features

The Lovers and the Despot: Forced Seduction, North Korean Style »

lovers-featured

By Johannes Schönherr. The Lovers and the Despot, a 2016 documentary by British directors Robert Cannan and Ross Adam, tackles an especially…

Read More »

Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven: Loss of Grace »

mag-feat

By Christopher Sharrett. I have always thought that John Sturges’s 1960 Western The Magnificent Seven has suffered too unfavorably in comparison to…

Read More »

Entertaining Mr. Klein: Eclipse Series 9 – The Delirious Fictions of William Klein »

mrfreedom_main

By Tony Williams. Although this special Criterion three film DVD set has been available since 2008, it is only recently that I…

Read More »

Rare Welles No Longer Unseen: Chimes at Midnight and The Immortal Story on Criterion »

chimes-at-midnight-001

By Tony Williams. Long awaited by many, following either unavailability or dubious accessibility via duped 16mm copies, unwatchable VHS copies, and bootlegged…

Read More »

Once There Were Bawdy Tales: Nosrat Karimi’s Matrimonial Comedies »

The Triple Bed

By Ramin S. Khanjani. Of all directors associated with the pre-1979 “Iranian New Wave,” Nosratallah Karimi probably presents one odd case for…

Read More »

Son of Saul: Versions of the Irrational »

Son Featured

By Christopher Sharrett. I have been meaning for some time to put pen to paper about last year’s superb achievement by Laszlo…

Read More »

Michael Morris’ Hermeneutics: Visual Music, Expanded Cinema, New Aesthetic »

MORRIS Main

By Michael Betancourt. Michael Morris’ expanded cinema performances, Second Hermeneutic (2013) lasting approximately nine minutes, and Third Hermeneutic (2014) lasting approximately eleven minutes,…

Read More »

In Praise of Susan Oliver: The Green Girl (2014) »

Oliver 01

By Tony Williams. “She was so much more than the Green woman in Star Trek” (George Pappy DVD audio-commentary). “What I knew I…

Read More »

United 93: A Social Conscience and the Ease of Historicism (A 10th Anniversary Retrospective) »

Director Paul Greengrass prepares for a take.

By David Ryan. Before United 93 opened ten years ago, the film’s previews were greeted with varying degrees of stress and grief.…

Read More »

All the Fire: The use of sexual imagery as a way for attracting cinema audiences in 1950s America »

Image12

By Anthony Uzarowski. The 1950s are often seen as the time of Hollywood’s greatest splendour, yet the reality of the time was…

Read More »

Star Wars Episode VII: Feminism from “Far, Far Away” »

SW Feat

By Sotiris Petridis. Introduction The Star Wars saga is an internal and important part of popular culture since its first filmic text…

Read More »

Cannibalized Chaos: Iago, The Joker and the “Good Sport” of Postmodernism »

MyCard_The_Joker

By Richmond B. Adams. During a conversation approximately one-third of the way through The Dark Knight (2008), Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) expresses…

Read More »

The Sentinel Excavated »

alison

By Christopher Sharrett. I use the word “excavated” in my title not because the 1977 horror film The Sentinel , directed by…

Read More »

The Best and the Most Overrated of 2015 »

The Assassin: Frustrating or rewarding?

By Film International. The editors’ Top 10 and Overrated 10 include films that were released in the editors’ respective regions during 2015.…

Read More »

CGI and the Audience: Things Better Left Unsaid »

The Show of Shows

By Fred Wagner. The Show of Shows (2015), a recently released documentary made out of archive footage shows the lost world of…

Read More »

The Battle for Fair Remuneration: A Slovenian Drama with International Consequences »

Odklop

By Edgar Tijhuis. Sometimes it seems like time stood still in Slovenia. In 2009 Variety magazine reported about a “royalty battle” in…

Read More »

“All My Treasures”: On Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words (2015) »

Ingrid Featured

By Tony Williams. Critic-director Stig Bjorkman, well known for his studies on directors such as Woody Allen and Ingmar Bergman, has made…

Read More »

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

Anonymous 01

By David Ryan. Rewriting history is a common academic enterprise, and crafting Elizabethan history – particularly Shakespearean biography – is composed recursively. Though…

Read More »

(((1973)))

»

fake7

Kurt Vonnegut Hunter Thompson Norman Mailer Tom Wolfe William Burroughs Jonathan Miller William Burroughs Jr Jacob Bronowski Robert Hughes Bob Woodward Carl…

Read More »

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

video-still-758-02-500x331

By John Garland Winn. Jeff Barnaby, a Mi’kmaq First Nations director, was four years old when the Quebec Provincial Police raided his…

Read More »

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

tumblr_m4mvk2t6Y01r38i3ko1_500

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

Read More »

Madam Secretary: The Happy Family in Time of War »

madamsec

By Christopher Sharrett. When I first took note of the television series Madam Secretary (2014-), I assumed it was a sort of…

Read More »

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

The-Man-from-UNCLE-videosöndag

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…

Read More »

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

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…

Read More »

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

Dolce 1

By William Repass. In the thematic arc formed by Fellini’s body of work, La dolce vita  (1960) can be said to represent…

Read More »

The Way, Way Back: An Appreciation »

z15977208AA,Najlepsze-najgorsze-wakacje

By Christopher Sharrett. Some months ago I saw The Way, Way Back (2013) and was taken by it enough to buy the…

Read More »

Peter Bogdanovich: The Comedy Smuggler »

She's Funny That Way

By James Knight. This August will see the US theatrical release of She’s Funny That Way, the latest feature from Peter Bogdanovich.…

Read More »

Mise-en-scène and the Rebirth of Film »

Man of the West

By Tom Silva. Film is a living thing and so it faces an unending series of deaths. Like the mythic hero in…

Read More »

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

Fair Game

By Robert K. Lightning. Lovers that demonstrate both spiritual affinity and spiritual equality have long been popular in middle-class entertainment. Repartee has…

Read More »

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

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…

Read More »

Discovering Mary Pickford »

4dc13df507f8676fa4a853662907968a

By Tony Williams. The title of this article has a double meaning. It is primarily a reworking of that lavishly illustrated and…

Read More »

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

vertigo8

By Benjamin Bergholtz. “Each single manifestation of the culture industry inescapably reproduces human beings as what the whole has made them.” (Adorno…

Read More »

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

75

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

Read More »

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

Dial M for Murder

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

Read More »

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

617_1256549047

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

Read More »

Un Flic: Melville and the Ambiguities »

TrJ5t3y3qSy8arVueo4Xn5oNFr8

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

Read More »

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

medium_x_e0a1393d

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

Read More »

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

cv19Dphl_i9UrQQricbmSJcXNvaL4bRgoHQsAv-97XA

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

Read More »

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

tumblr_inline_nlit5ouaoe1tqd1vu_500

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

Read More »

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…

Read More »

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

29357333_

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

Read More »

In Defense of Hitchcock and Serious Criticism »

Frenzy

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

Read More »
GG 03

The Brethren of GG (i.e., Jesus Christ) Allin: The Allins »

By Johannes Schönherr. New York City, June 27th 1993: Notorious punk rocker GG Allin had finally served out a lengthy prison sentence in Michigan and was set to play his first…

Read More »
The Wire 01

Working for the Police, Working for the City, or Selling Drugs: Stanley Corkin’s Connecting The Wire »

A Book Review Essay by John Duncan Talbird. David Simon’s television series The Wire ran on HBO from 2002-2008, five seasons of a prestige show that, in the less than ten…

Read More »
Ki and Ka 01

The Indian Film Critics Have Done It Again!: Reading Gender in Ki & Ka Through the Cinematic Lens of R. Balki »

By Devapriya Sanyal and Melissa Webb. The Indian film critics have done it again! As Glover and Kaplan state in their book Genders, the term “gender” itself is rather slippery. Such complicated issues regarding…

Read More »
Quatermass and the Pit (1959-60)

The Year of the Kneale Olympics – Into the Unknown: the Fantastic Life of Nigel Kneale by Andy Murray and We Are the Martians edited by Neil Snowdon »

A Book Review Essay by Tony Williams. It is as if in movies, TV and books, genre progresses through a series of metaphorical prison walls. Inferior and derivative work merely…

Read More »
Reagan 01

Facts are Not Stupid Things: Lessons from The Reagan Show »

By Heather Hendershot. One week after Donald Trump’s inauguration, Sinclair Lewis’s It Can’t Happen Here reached the #9 position in book sales on Amazon. Brave New World held the #15 slot. Sales also…

Read More »
Muni 01

Still More to the Story: I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang! by Scott Allen Nollen and Paul Muni by Michael B. Druxman »

A Book Review Essay by Matthew Sorrento. It may be tempting to recommend Scarface (1932) or Little Caesar (1930) as a first viewing to newcomers of pre-Code. However, Mervyn LeRoy’s…

Read More »
The Horrible Dr. Hichcock (1962)

Master of Italian Gothic – Riccardo Freda: The Life and Works of a Born Filmmaker by Roberto Curti »

A Book Review Essay by Tony Williams. Many decades ago I heard a comment made by a respected scholar, and affirmed by a graduate student whom he later hailed as…

Read More »
Her Man

When Tay Garnett Met Frankie and Johnnie: Her Man (1930) »

by John Andrew Gallagher. Tay Garnett and and writer Howard Higgin spent the months of February and March, 1930 on Catalina Island writing Her Man, sharing a house with Lewis…

Read More »
Tree 01

The Roots of Social Change: Ermanno Olmi’s The Tree of Wooden Clogs on Criterion »

By Christopher Weedman. The Criterion Collection deserves to be commended for their continued efforts to bring greater attention to the underappreciated films of director Ermanno Olmi. It is regrettable that,…

Read More »
Irreversible-2

The Function of Film Criticism at Any Time »

By Christopher Sharrett. Readers will note that my title derives from essays and certain phrases by Matthew Arnold, T. S. Eliot, F. R. Leavis, D. H. Lawrence, Robin Wood, and…

Read More »
All God’s Children (Toti copiii domnului, 2012)

A Forgotten Country’s Forgotten Cinema: Searching for Hope in Post-Soviet Moldovan Cinema »

By Brandon Konecny. It has been suggested, sometimes by Moldovan film professionals themselves, that cinema does not currently exist in the Republic of Moldova, Europe’s poorest and perhaps least known…

Read More »
Moonlight_Trailer1

Kentucky Fried Chicken in the Moonlight »

By Orville Lloyd Douglas. Black people are still mentally enslaved; even in the 21st century there is a psychic need by some Black artists to seek white approval and acceptance.…

Read More »
Touch 02

The Aesthetic Majesty of King Hu: A Touch of Zen on Criterion »

By Tony Williams. As I write, hours tick away for the latest unimportant event in film history – the Hollywood Academy Awards which will have millions glued to their television…

Read More »
Jaccuse 02

The Resurrection of Abel Gance’s J’accuse (1938) on Olive Films »

By Christopher Weedman. The past couple of months have been full of rich rewards for admirers of the late Abel Gance. This brilliant and innovative French film director enriched the…

Read More »
wake-03

I Wake Up Screaming: Far from “Kansas” »

By Anthony J. Steinbock. The Maltese Falcon is often considered to be the first film noir of the classical noir period (beginning in 1941 and ending in 1958 with Orson…

Read More »

Blogs