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Issue 56 Table of Contents
Global Discoveries on DVD | Monuments, Documents, and Diversions
By Jonathan Rosenbaum A note to readers of jonathanrosenbaum.com: from now on please go to jonathanrosenbaum.net. 1. IL CINEMA RITROVATO (Bologna) DVD AWARDS 2013 X edition Jurors: Lorenzo Codelli, Alexander Horwath, Mark McElhatten, Paolo Mereghetti, and Jonathan Rosenbaum, chaired by Peter von Bagh Because we were faced Read more →
A Truck Full of Turkeys: Thoughts on Joaquim Pinto’s What Now? Remind Me
By Francisco Ferreira Where do films come from? I won’t fixate too long on this question, as no one is qualified to answer it. There are films that are more unexpected than others, that’s for sure. Sometimes, there are even films that seem to have Read more →
Exploded View: Will Hindle’s Saint Flournoy Lobos-Logos…
…and the Eastern Europe Fetus Taxing Japan Brides in West Coast Places Sucking Alabama Air By Chuck Stephens “The most memorable sequence of [Chinese] Firedrill, possibly one of the great scenes in the history of film, involves [Will] Hindle lying in anguish on his floor Read more →
Shine a Light: Ben Rivers and Ben Russell’s A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness
By Michael Sicinski With its very title, A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness is a film that announces itself as being in league with forces not entirely of this world. Nevertheless, its makers are two of the leading lights of contemporary experimental cinema precisely Read more →
The Beauty of Horror and the Horror of Beauty: An Encounter with Albert Serra
By Mark Peranson “It is not necessary for the public to know whether I am joking or whether I am serious, just as it is not necessary for me to know it myself.”—Salvador Dalí, Diary of a Genius (1964) Cinema Scope: Let me repeat what Read more →
Temps mort: Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive
By Andrew Tracy “I’m sick of it—these zombies, what they’ve done to the world, their fear of their own imaginations,” laments the vampiric Adam (Tom Hiddleston) via videophone to his similarly succubal, Tangier-dwelling lady love Eve (Tilda Swinton) early in Only Lovers Left Alive. Zeitgeist Read more →
Master Shots: Tsai Ming-liang’s Late Digital Period
By Blake Williams The title of Tsai Ming-liang’s tenth feature Stray Dogs bears a fairly conspicuous resemblance to a key metaphor from Laozi’s 6th-century Chinese philosophical text Tao Te Ching, which allegorizes man’s relationship with the heavens as that of a straw dog and the Read more →
Pilgrim’s Progress: Manakamana
By Jay Kuehner Pilgrimage is premised on the idea that the sacred is not entirely immaterial, but that there is a geography of spiritual power. Pilgrimage walks a delicate line between the spiritual and the material in its emphasis on the story and its setting: Read more →
The End of Cinema: La última película
By Phil Coldiron What comes at the end of cinema? Not what comes after cinema—a good question for marketing gurus like Spielberg and Lucas and Cameron to lock themselves in a room and argue over until they expire, choking on their own hot air—but right Read more →
Women Under the Influence: Hong Sangsoo’s Nobody’s Daughter Haewon & Our Sunhi
By Jordan Cronk As an agent for acclimation, alcohol is one of our most proven resources. In the cinema of Hong Sangsoo, it’s less a casual commodity than a conduit for conducive social interaction, a property of both emotionally collateral and physically direct engagement. The Read more →
A Liar’s Autobiography: The Return of Alejandro Jodorowsky
By Quintín More than 800,000 people follow Alejandro Jodorowsky on Twitter. Every day these lucky people get a couple of dozen pearls of wisdom (in Spanish) such as, “If you hate walls, you should learn to build doors,” or “The Visible longs for the Invisible, Read more →
Athens Decathlon: TIFF 2013 City to City
By Adam Nayman You can probably trace the idea—or at least the exact etymology—of the so-called “Greek Weird Wave” back to a 2011 Guardian article by Steve Rose. In it, the author sagely mused that “the world’s most messed-up country is making the world’s most Read more →
Black, White, and Giallo: Forzani & Cattet’s The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears
By Jason Anderson Any viewer in need of a primer on the semiotics of the giallo film will be well-served by the opening moments of The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears. In commencing their second full-length effort after their similarly arresting debut Amer (2009), Read more →
- Issue 56 Table of Contents
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- Victory Lap: Alexander Payne’s Nebraska
- A Sculpted Homily: Bruno Dumont’s Camille Claudel 1915
- No Sanctuary: Claire Denis on Bastards
- Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating in Space: Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity
- Buried Child: Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners
- TIFF 2013 Postscript | Wavelengths 2: Now & Then
- TIFF 2013 | Salvation Army (Abdellah Taïa, France/Morocco)—Discovery
- TIFF 2013 | The Dog (Allison Berg & Frank Keraudren, US)—TIFF Docs
- No Sanctuary: Claire Denis on Bastards
- Shine a Light: Ben Rivers and Ben Russell’s A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness
- The Beauty of Horror and the Horror of Beauty: An Encounter with Albert Serra
- Sex, Death, and Geometry: A Conversation Between Alain Guiraudie and João Pedro Rodrigues on L’inconnu du lac
- One-Man Band: A Conversation with Matt Johnson About The Dirties
- 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...