The Monster Is Afraid: The Elephant Man, David Lynch By Serge Daney

Letter: On Malaysian Cinema By Pierre Rissient


Vulgar Moralism: Paul Verhoeven’s Black Book By Robert Koehler

The Dark Horse: Robinson Devor on Zoo By Rob Nelson

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A Relay Race of the Week: Bong Joon-ho’s The Host By Adam Nayman

Bullet Boy: Jason Kohn and Manda Bala (Send a Bullet) By Tom Charity


Killing Time: The Economical Diversity of Johnnie To By Christoph Huber

Inside/Out: A Modest Proposal Concerning William A. Wellman
By Andrew Tracy

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Jacques Rivette and the Other Place: Track One By B. Kite

Phil Solomon Visits San Andreas and Escapes, Not Unscathed: Notes on Two Recent Works By Michael Sicinski


Sundance/ Berlin By Mark Peranson

Sundance: Grace Is Gone, The Savages By Scott Foundas

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Rotterdam By Jason Sanders


Editor’s Note

Global Discoveries on DVD By Jonathan Rosenbaum

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Film/Art: Expanding Film Festivals By Andréa Picard

DVD Bonus: Idiocracy By Jessica Winter

Books Around By Olaf Möller

Canadiana: The Year in Canadian Film By Steve Gravestock


The Lives of Others By Richard Porton

Belle toujours By Jay Kuehner

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Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima By Quintin

Zodiac By Jason Anderson


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  • In Search of the Female Gaze

    The trope of a woman removing her glasses to suddenly reveal her great beauty is as familiar as it is eye-roll-inducing. She never looks that different, but her status as an erotic object changes immediately and immensely. A classic example is Dorothy Malone as a bookstore clerk in The Big Sleep (1946), but more recently there is Rachel Leigh Cook descending the stairs to the saccharine sounds of “Kiss Me” in She’s All That (1999). Give up your active gaze, this convention seems to say, and you will be alluring. More →