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YOUNG BODIES HEAL QUICKLY, a Striking Photographic Achievement

February 28, 2015

Andrew T. Betzer offers up compelling imagery and a question: Can history hurt you?

Forever Young with A HARD DAY’S NIGHT

February 27, 2015
A HARD DAYS NIGHT

A HARD DAY’S NIGHT’s lighter-than-air jauntiness makes 1964’s other big-screen entertainments look as cumbersome as military tanks next to a pogo stick.

Dance Party: Pathos and Defeat

February 24, 2015
LE NOTTI BIANCHE

VIVRE SA VIE, LE NOTTI BIANCHE, SENSO.

IN BLOOM, Transcending Convention

February 23, 2015
IN BLOOM

A coming-of-age film placed inside a ticking time bomb, IN BLOOM is charmingly blunt, soulfully constructed.

A SUMMER’S TALE: Some Kind of Liar

February 23, 2015
A SUMMERS TALE

A SUMMER’S T ALE must surely be the most sexually sophisticated film to ever earn a ‘suitable for children’ rating in most territories.

Oscars 2015: Video Evidence

February 21, 2015 | 4 Comments
BOYHOOD

Who deserves to win? A video essay series applies sense, cinemetrics and subjectivity to the race.

Growing Up Is Hard to Do

February 21, 2015
MOMMY

As BOYHOOD vies for big awards this weekend, we revisit the aesthetics of cinema’s bildungsroman.

An Otherworldly LAST RIDE

February 20, 2015
LAST RIDE

Potent images propel Glendyn Ivin’s LAST RIDE forward.

On Oscar’s Best Actresses: Here and There, Then and Now

February 17, 2015
AUTUMN SONATA

With so little Hollywood product catering to (or featuring) women in lead roles, the Academy’s Best Actress nominees leave plenty of room to roam.

Pancho and Lefty and the Sad, Stoned Songwriter

February 13, 2015
BE HERE TO LOVE ME

Award-winning documentarian Margaret Brown bids a fond farewell to a country music legend in BE HERE TO LOVE ME: A FILM ABOUT TOWNES VAN ZANDT.

The Grammarian Speaks

February 12, 2015 | 2 Comments
GODARD GORIN TOUT VA BIEN

Jean-Pierre Gorin on the Dziga Vertov Group.

QUADRILLE and the Six-Year Itch

February 10, 2015
QUADRILLE

Lust abounds extra-maritally no matter one’s gender in QUADRILLE—as does serendipity.