Poetic Cinema: King Hu’s Legend of the Mountain (1979)

By Tony Williams. One in which alert perception and transcendent pleasure in the images offer viewers entry into a new type of cinematic experience.” Shot back-to-back in South Korea with Raining in the Mountain, similar to the earlier complementary productions of The Fate of Lee Khan (1973) and The Valiant […]

A Trance in Monochrome: Simon Lavoie’s No Trace

By Yun-hua Chen. Probing deep into the possibilities of filmmaking, Simon Lavoie invites his audience into a trance-like journey….” Slamdance Film Festival, the premiere festival with the mission of “by filmmakers, for filmmakers”, is unique in terms of its democratic programming and precise policy to support independent filmmaking; it focuses […]

Deceptive Simplicity: John Crye on Chance

By Robin Gregory. I cannot grow as a human being if I do not observe and explore and attempt to explain my own life to myself, to understand my own patterns of behavior. I think the same can be said of humanity at large.” We’ve been warned by Hollywood bigwigs […]

Welcome to Full MAGA Cardiac Arrest: Cactus Jack

By Elias Savada. The combination of hallucinogenic talk radio sketches and Taxi Driver‘s Travis Bickle on steroids affords actor R. Michael Gull to follow the filmmakers’ urgings: ‘Let’s just make some shit in our basement … and show hate like it really is.’” I’m still trying to wrap my head […]

The End Goes On – Apocalypse TV: Essays on Society and Self at the End of the World

The Leftovers (HBO, 2014-17) A Book Review by Thomas Puhr. While the collection lacks cohesion, the entries are consistently strong when considered in isolation; consequently, Apocalypse TV might work best as a media studies reference tool or even as a springboard into future projects.” Television shows about the apocalypse remain a hot […]

Instinct and Intimacy: Svetlana Cvetko on Show Me What You Got

By Zoe Kurland. There are all these little surprises because it’s all happening as it’s happening in real life among a group of people. That was the intention behind my style of shooting.” In an early scene in Svetlana Cvetko’s Show Me What You Got, Marcelo (Mattia Minasi), the son […]

The Slow Burn of Jordan Graham’s Sator

By Elias Savada. Graham plays you with creaking floorboards, flashlights shining in dusty interiors, and just plain gloom.” Fans of last year’s Tenet know that its title connects to the Sator Square, the ancient stone with early Christian contexts. Filmmaker Jordan Graham takes a different (and much lower budget) approach […]

Facts over Glory – Bumpy Road: the Making, Flop, and Revival of Two-Lane Blacktop

A Book Review by Tanja Bresan. Townsend successfully rips out the sentimentally and nostalgia of the counterculture era in which the film is set, serving cold facts…. reading the events [with] a sobering effect.” Sylvia Townsend’s production history Bumpy Road: The Making, Flop and Revival of Two-Lane Blacktop (Mississippi, 2019) […]