By Boris Nelepo and Celluloid Liberation Front 9/22/2014: We were saddened to hear of Peter von Bagh’s death on September 17, 2014. In Citizen Peter, last year’s book on Peter von Bagh (edited by Antti Alanen and Olaf Möller) published in his native Finland, the Read more →
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Quest for Happiness: A Conversation with Peter von Bagh
Issue 60 Table of Contents
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Pacifico’s Heights: Simone Rapisarda Casanova on The Creation of Meaning
By Jason Anderson Simone Rapisarda Casanova says that there is a Borges story so deeply embedded in his brain that only a lobotomy could remove it. Such a surgery would be suitably Borgesian in and of itself, but he should be safe from it in Read more →
A Place Beyond the Pines: Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, the Missing Pieces, and the Legacy of Brutality
By Jordan Cronk It’s an odd feeling—in fact, it borders on the disconcerting. Could this be it, the conclusion of the Twin Peaks saga, more than 24 years after ABC first broadcast the show’s pilot episode on an otherwise unexceptional Sunday evening in the spring Read more →
Issue 60 Editor’s Note
As we put Issue 60 of this magazine to bed, where, as a matter of fact I am now typing—like Proust, I like to write in bed and muse about better times—Twitter informs me that most of the people I follow will be off to Read more →
Film/Art | Harun Farocki’s Inextinguishable Fire
By Andréa Picard “The image always occurs on the border between two force fields; its purpose is to testify to a certain alterity, and although the core is always there, something is always missing. The image is always both more and less than itself.”—Serge Daney, Read more →
Global Discoveries on DVD | Prizewinners, Also-Rans, and Others
By Jonathan Rosenbaum DVD AWARDS 2014 XI edition (Il Cinema Ritrovato, Bologna) Jurors: Lorenzo Codelli, Alexander Horwath, Mark McElhatten, Paolo Mereghetti and Jonathan Rosenbaum, chaired by Peter von Bagh BEST SPECIAL FEATURES ON BLU-RAY Late Mizoguchi—Eight Films, 1951-1956 (Eureka Entertainment). The publication of eight Read more →
Exploded View | Michael Snow’s Wavelength
By Chuck Stephens. “The film is a continuous zoom which takes 45 minutes to go from its widest field to its smallest and final field. It was shot with a fixed camera from one end of an 80-foot loft, shooting the other end, a row Read more →
20,000 Days on Earth (Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, UK)
By Angelo Muredda “Songwriting is about counterpoint,” Nick Cave insists early in 20,000 Days on Earth, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s curious documentary slash postmodern biography of the Australian singer-songwriter and Bad Seeds frontman; you put two disparate images beside each other, he explains, and Read more →
Going for Baroque: The Films of Eugène Green
By Blake Williams To get it out of the way at the outset: Eugène Green, now 67 years of age, began making films when he was 53, all of them built around and deeply concerned with a set of traditions belonging to the arts of Read more →
Beautiful Games: Matías Piñeiro on The Princess of France
By Andrew Tracy While the opening proper of Matías Piñeiro’s The Princess of France will (or at least deserves to) be one of the most celebrated sequences of any film this year, the voiceover prologue that precedes it is perhaps the more telling in terms Read more →
Imaginary Love: Xavier Dolan’s Mommy
By Adam Nayman In 2014, in a fictional Canada, Xavier Dolan’s fifth feature Mommy doesn’t get much attention at all… It’s a fine line between utopia and dystopia. To say that the world (of cinema) would be a better place without Xavier Dolan might be Read more →
The Noise Made By People: The Films of Martín Rejtman
By Max Nelson It would be easy to mistake Two Shots Fired, the new feature from Argentine filmmaker Martín Rejtman, for a less original film than it is. Considered in isolation, its stubborn, deliberate anti-expressiveness—it concerns a short spell in the life of three troubled Read more →
City to City 2014 and Beyond: TIFF’s Uneven Seoul Patch
By Michael Sicinski There’s really no point in discussing the Toronto International Film Festival’s City to City program as such. While the festival’s promotional materials call it “a snapshot of where’s hot right now,” it’s also a way for TIFF to curry favour with certain Read more →
L’avventura: Pedro Costa on Horse Money
By Mark Peranson I walked with a zombie I walked with a zombie I walked with a zombie Last night Horse Money, the first new “fiction” feature from Pedro Costa in almost a decade, begins with a silent montage of poignant photographs from the Read more →
Issue 59 Table of Contents
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Declarations of Independence: A Conversation Between Alex Ross Perry and Joel Potrykus
I first encountered Joel Potrykus’ Ape (2012) when I was a jury member for the Filmmakers of the Present competition at Locarno. As it was the sole American narrative film in the selection, my curiosity was piqued before the festival even began. Ape was a Read more →
Diary of a Mad Housewife: Robert Greene’s Actress
By Adam Nayman “I tend to break things,” says Brandy Burre early on in Actress, and Robert Greene’s film gives her plenty of opportunities to validate this claim. An aggressively stylized profile of a former ensemble player on The Wire who now lives with her Read more →
Deborah Stratman: Safe and Sound
By Samuel La France “Fear is static that prevents me from hearing myself.”—Samuel Butler Since I’ve never lived in an earthquake zone—or a war zone, for that matter—the subtle and persistent tremors of Deborah Stratman’s installation Tactical Uses of a Belief in the Unseen (2), Read more →
Each Memory Creates Its Own Legend: The Films of John Torres
By Max Nelson John Torres has the sensibility of a romantic poet, the mode of address of a personal essayist, and an anthropologist’s curious, lingering, critical eye. His four features—all shot on miniscule budgets with the help of modest grants, cheap digital equipment, and, in Read more →
- Quest for Happiness: A Conversation with Peter von Bagh
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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...