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NYFF ’11 Review: Backpacking Their Way into a Bad Romance: THE LONELIEST PLANET

September 30, 2011
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Julia Loktev’s film is the sharpest account of what it means to be a young American made thus far in the 21st century.

NYFF ’11 Review: Four Miserable Jerks Moved by a Restless Intelligence: “Carnage”

September 30, 2011
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Roman Polanski’s film about four miserable jerks is ultimately as moving as anything the cinema has produced this year.

A Canvas of Darkness and Light: The Films of Nuri Bilge Ceylan

September 29, 2011
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Ceylan’s films possess a cinematographic range that literally encompasses night and day.

Essential Images: Secret Relations Revealed in Since Otar Left

September 28, 2011 | One Comment
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The award-winning film Since Otar Left is profoundly perceptive in terms of technique.

Watching Movies in the Mountains and Enjoying the ‘ride: the 2011 Telluride Film Festival

September 27, 2011

Telluride is a decidedly august festival, even while resistant to claims that it isn’t edgy anymore.

Meshes: Anagram Illusions of French Film: Les Vampires and Irma Vep

September 27, 2011

Olivier Assayas’ “Irma Vep” uses the iconography of the classic French serial “Les Vampires” as a springboard to skewer the world of filmmaking.

Essential Films from Zeitgeist, a Source for World-Class Cinema

September 26, 2011
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Zeitgeist’s catalog is one of the most exceptional in international cinema.

Confessions of a Critic: Roger Ebert’s ‘Life Itself’

September 26, 2011 | One Comment
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n Roger Ebert’s memoir ‘Life Itself,’ Ebert points his high-powered perception at himself.

10 Things Gleaned from Agnes Varda’s The Gleaners and I

September 26, 2011

Agnès Varda’s “The Gleaners and I,” a doc. about modern day scavengers, is a fitting culmination of the idiosyncratic and highly personal ideas she has experimented with throughout her career.

Home Stretch Time: Who Will Win The Maddin-est Blogathon in the World?

September 23, 2011 | 12 Comments

A contest with a prize from one of the world’s most unique filmmakers.

Resurrecting Silent Film in a Peephole World of Sex

September 23, 2011

Guy Maddin is in his element with COWARDS BEND THE KNEE, which exudes silent film era style and allows the director to live out his own personal fantasies.

Guy Maddin Talks! Part 5: Through the Keyhole and Settling the Score with Gimli

September 23, 2011

The final installment of our epic conversation with Guy Maddin.