Tribeca Film Festival, 22 April–2 May 2010

By Gary M. Kramer and Michael Miller. Gary Kramer reports: The 2010 Tribeca Film Festival, now in its ninth year, provides an intriguing mix of popular and independent films – from its opening night feature, Shrek Forever After (Mitchell, 2010) to its closing gala Freakonomics (Gibney, Spurlock, Grady, Ewing, Jarecki […]

Oliver Stone Speaks in Phnom Penh

A report by Clancy McGilligan. It was a warm day in January, which is normal for January in Phnom Penh; men sat in open-air restaurants eating noodle soup and sipping iced coffees; motortaxi drivers, perched on the seats of 110-cc Daelim motorbikes, endlessly pestered passersby with requests to be hired; […]

Slumdogging It: Rebranding the American Dream, New World Orders, and Neo-Colonialism

By William Anselmi and Sheena Wilson. Introduction. The triumph of visual culture in the era of neo-liberal subjugation elicits the following question by default: how are economic processes embedded in political discourses sustained, or resisted, according to visual narratives for global publics/consumers? Slumdog Millionaire(2008) offers a way into this, from […]

Tribeca Film Fest 2009

By Gary M. Kramer and Michael Miller. This year’s Tribeca Film Fest featured a handful of intriguing titles. Here is a rundown on a quartet of films that unspooled. Handsome Harry (directed by Bette Gordon, 2009) is a terrific character study/road movie that never exceeds its modest expectations. Harry (Jamey […]

The French Old Wave: Claude Sautet’s Classe tous risques

  By Tim Palmer.  Commemorated widely, the French New Wave is basking in the afterglow of its fiftieth anniversary.  Few today dispute the resonance of this movement—its guerilla modes of production, its intellectual auteurs, its playfully non-traditional aesthetics, its joyous cinephilia.  But despite all the nostalgia, it is worth remembering that […]

Tarkovsky, Nathan Dunne, ed., (2008)

A book review by Tim Palmer. Black Dog’s new compendium of essays on the great Russian filmmaker, Andrei Tarkovsky, belongs in a fairly recent category of film studies titles, intellectual coffee-table books or prestige books, which offer themselves as comprehensive, even definitive works.  These are literally and figuratively weighty tomes, […]

Judex (1963) & Nuits rouges (1974)

By Anton Bitel. At first glance Judex (1963) and Nuits rouges (1974)might seem like chalk and cheese. One is in black and white with a marked interest in orthochromatic effects, the other is in vivid seventies colour. One is a period film whose use of intertitles and irising mimics the […]