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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.

Grade-Z and Loving It: Amir Shervan

August 25, 2014 | 4 Comments
SAMURAI COP

There’s more of the excavated Amir Shervan on the way, and bad-movie fans should be waiting with bated breath.

Black, White: OTOMO and Ferguson

August 24, 2014
OTOMO

Though OTOMO’s story took place more than two decades ago, the film paints a portrait that feels contemporary: a city divided by rampant racism and xenophobia on one hand, and tolerance on the other.

Rediscovery: Orson Welles’ TOO MUCH JOHNSON

August 21, 2014
TOO MUCH JOHNSON

Once thought lost, now found—and re-presented—TOO MUCH JOHNSON is funny, clever, cheeky, inventive and genuinely accomplished.

Democracy, Dictatorship and Argentine Film

August 20, 2014
THE PRIZE

The end of state violence and return of democracy represented but a first step in rehabilitating Argentine politics.

The ABCs of TROUBLE EVERY DAY

August 19, 2014
TROUBLE EVERY DAY

Sex, love and death: Leave it to Denis to make the conventional challenging.

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.

The Edit: Dancing to the Same Tune

August 17, 2014
CONTRABAND

Editing to music and the editor-auteur collaboration in Michael Powell and Claire Denis’ films.

WE ARE MARI PEPA: New Life for the Coming-of-Age Genre

August 16, 2014
WE ARE MARI PEPA

An acutely detailed charmer whose punk scowl belies a pop-at-heart sensibility, WE ARE MARI PEPA sings a new song.

THE WALL: The ‘Unfilmable’ Novel, in Ravishing Detail

August 15, 2014 | One Comment
THE WALL

A committed performance and lush cinematography bring a classic novel to dystopian life.

Documentary Unbound: Gardner’s Camera

August 11, 2014
FOREST OF BLISS

Robert Gardner is gone, and we have yet to fully grasp where his films lead.

MADAME FREEDOM: A Programmer’s Notes on Looking Back and Moving Forward

August 10, 2014
MADAME FREEDOM

Revisiting a 1956 melodrama in which South Korean women were able to revel in modern music, clothes and lifestyles for brief moments, establishing their own narratives of possibility on the screen.