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Articles by Calum Marsh

Extra! The News Comedy

August 26, 2014
NOTHING SACRED

Diminished standards, ethical bankruptcy, the easy propagation of mistruths—unique to modern journalism? Let’s consider the history.

CONTRABAND and Propaganda

August 18, 2014

Seen today, of course, CONTRABAND is hardly a call to arms. But its propagandistic thrust may account for the vigor of its action.

Fantasia International Film Festival: The Zeal Thing

August 6, 2014 | One Comment

The emphasis in Fantasia is on ‘fan:’ it’s a festival mounted by and for enthusiasts, there to revel in their love of film.

A STAR IS BORN (Again)

August 4, 2014
A STAR IS BORN

Daring to exalt in the victories of the Hollywood system.

THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT’s Pressure Points

August 1, 2014
THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT

Ramon Zürcher’s ode to tension and release squeezes Jacques Tati-style preoccupations into the space of a tiny apartment.

The Absurd and the Sublime: Herzog’s STROSZEK

May 27, 2014
STROSZEK

‘Bruno Stroszek’ remains one of the great human characters because Bruno Schleinstein gave one great human performance.

No Limits: Arthur Lipsett

May 10, 2014
VERY NICE VERY NICE

On uncovering the truth as contradiction, an unmanageable sprawl of interference and noise.

Hearing Color, Seeing Music: Norman McLaren

April 30, 2014 | One Comment
NEIGHBOURS

Norman McLaren’s films needn’t be enjoyed theoretically—their vitality should be obvious to anyone, from ages three to a hundred.

Looking Back at THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME

March 18, 2014 | One Comment
THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME

On production histories and primal connections.

Rotterdam in Retrospect: Jodie Mack

February 7, 2014
UNDERTONE OVERTURE

The films of Jodie Mack are above all else exceptionally beautiful works.

THE COLOR WHEEL: Confronting the Modern Condition

January 17, 2014
THE COLOR WHEEL

One of the most significant American films of the last decade offers a cure for ‘irony fatigue.’

EXIT ELENA’s Exceptional Candor

January 3, 2014
EXIT ELENA

Nathan Silver’s autobiographical family album is a well-crafted wonder.