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Issue 57 Table of Contents
12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen, US/UK)
By Julian Carrington Despite frequent disclaimers that Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave is “difficult to watch,” the reverence that has greeted the film’s theatrical release speaks to its essentially and calculatedly benign character. There can be few clearer indications of the film’s eminent palatability Read more →
Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel and Ethan Coen, US)
By Adam Nayman For a pair of authentically brand-name filmmakers, Joel and Ethan Coen have a funny thing for pseudonyms and noms de plume. It’s common knowledge that they’ve edited all of their productions (and been nominated for multiple Oscars) under the assumed identity of Read more →
Redemption (Miguel Gomes, Portugal/France/Germany/Italy)
By Max Nelson Miguel Gomes is in a tricky position: three features into his filmmaking career, he’s already developed a remarkably consistent and well-rounded personal style, stretched it to the breaking point, and then whittled it back down. Tabu, Gomes’ 2012 breakout, felt like a Read more →
Mouton (Gilles Deroo and Marianne Pistone, France)
By Jay Kuehner Some mysteries aren’t meant to be solved, and Mouton (no, this isn’t another film about sheep) from first-time directors Gilles Deroo and Marianne Pistone, is the latest in a budding field of beautifully irreducible tales—blessed with the imprimatur of Locarno’s Opera Prima Read more →
La jalousie (Philippe Garrel, France)
By Blake Williams At one point in Philippe Garrel’s La jalousie, eight-year-old Charlotte (Olga Milshtein) asks Claudia (Anna Mouglalis), the new girlfriend of her father Louis, whom she thinks her father loves more. Claudia’s answer: “His father.” In one sense, of course, this reply is Read more →
Ida (Pawel Pawlikowski, Poland/Denmark)
By Jerry White Ida marks Polish filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski’s first feature film in Polish—the director immigrated to the UK with his parents in the ’70s, and subsequently built his career there—but just what kind of Polish film it is proves a rather tricky question. There Read more →
Hard to Be a God (Aleksei German, Russia)
By Olaf Möller Now it’s been delivered, the last work of the late Aleksei German. On Wednesday, November 13th, 10:30 a.m., during the Festival internazionale del film di Roma, his 14-years-in-the-making Hard to Be a God (Trudno byt’ bogom)—for some time called History of the Read more →
Exploded View | The Curtis Harrington Short Film Collection
By Chuck Stephens Death in a wig: it’s the central (if not always literal) trope of filmmaker extraordinaire Curtis Harrington’s haunted, horrifying, and sometimes hilarious career. From the experimental shorts he made as a youth to the strictly-for-hire studio freefalls he’d take later in life, Read more →
Film/Art | In the Realm of the Senses: Mati Diop on Mille soleils
By Andréa Picard “This fever is a nightly invader that strikes the patient during deep sleep. He jumps off his bed and runs to the bridge. There, he believes seeing beyond the waves, trees, forests, flowered meadows. His joy erupts in thousand exclamations. He experiences Read more →
Global Discoveries on DVD | Yes and/or No
By Jonathan Rosenbaum It’s customary for this column to focus on items that I know are currently available. But sometimes there are important potential or upcoming releases whose release dates remain uncertain when my column is written, and there are two of them I want Read more →
Deaths of Cinema | The Long View: Stanley Kauffmann, 1916-2013
By Andrew Tracy In a long, lovely piece he wrote in tribute to (the still-living) John Gielgud in 1977, Stanley Kauffmann took issue with Brecht’s admonition in Galileo that “Unhappy is the land that needs a hero.” “Unknown is the land that needs no hero. Read more →
Issue 57 Editor’s Note
By Mark Peranson I haven’t had much time or energy to watch many films since late August, having been preoccupied with other fruitless, time-consuming endeavours, fending off vicious personal attacks, and moving around far too much. (Here’s a secret: after more than a decade of Read more →
The Great Depression: Jerry Lewis’ Last Movies
By Christoph Huber One of the highlights of the year was the great (35mm!) Jerry Lewis retrospective presented by the Viennale and the Austrian Film Museum, which confirmed him as one of modern cinema’s key auteurs. Still, there remains the great divide. By this I Read more →
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- Jenny Moir Find Me Guilty: Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing Saw The Act of Killing last night, here in Chelmsford, England. Am still reeling from it. I was...
- Jim S. “No One Can Survive In That Water”: Jane Campion and Garth Davis’ Top of the Lake Your review is challenging and thoughtful, but it fails in one very significant respect. Campion...
- Lynn The Talented Mr. Allen: Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine Amen...match point was great
- Jesse F Global Discoveries on DVD | Monuments, Documents, and Diversions There's also an adequate English .srt file for Spectre floating around on the net that can be man...
- Rita Azevedo Gomes A Truck Full of Turkeys: Thoughts on Joaquim Pinto’s What Now? Remind Me Both (Joaquim and Nuno) put it in two straight words: What Now? then added two more: remember m...
- Robin E. Simmons This Is Martin Bonner (Chad Hartigan, US) A wonderful review of a singularly terrific film. Subtle and sly, it penetrates the heart where ...
- Luis Miguel Cintra A Truck Full of Turkeys: Thoughts on Joaquim Pinto’s What Now? Remind Me God bless you, Francisco Ferreira, for your paper on Joaquim's film! Yes, I also think it is a ve...
- Larry Gross The Beauty of Horror and the Horror of Beauty: An Encounter with Albert Serra ." I said that my films are unfuckable in the context of film criticism, in that you have to take...