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A Woman (and a Girl) Under the Influence

November 25, 2014

Pialat and Cassavetes are concerned with the ways a woman’s ferocious independence can alienate and even terrify those around her.

The Strange Innocence of THAT’S SEXPLOITATION!

November 21, 2014
THATS SEXPLOITATION

The quaintness of much vintage sexploitation is precisely its charm.

Man, God and ‘Island Life’

November 18, 2014

The island setting’s tangible existentialism made it a key figure for the burgeoning art cinema movement of the early 1960s.

Child’s Play? ST. NICK

November 12, 2014
ST NICK

David Lowery’s mysterious evocation of childhood preys subtly and masterfully on adult fears.

Robeson, Race and SANDERS OF THE RIVER

November 11, 2014
SANDERS OF THE RIVER

Paul Robeson’s performance reflects the glass ceiling he continually hit as an extraordinary talent laboring under impossible restrictions.

The Dialectics of Humor: Russian Silent Comedy

November 10, 2014
EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES MR WEST LAND BOLSHEVIKS

Join ‘The Party’ or join the party? On the lighter side of early Soviet cinema.

Hou Hsiao-hsien, Anthologized

November 9, 2014
THREE TIMES

Hou’s cinema is, like Taiwan itself, created from aesthetic flux and assimilation, cultural openness and deep sensitivity.

Death in American Neo-Noir

November 8, 2014
SUN DONT SHINE

On mood, movement and momentum in the best of contemporary neo-noir.

Nathan Silver and the Limits of Control

November 7, 2014

One of America’s recent microbudget filmmaking all-stars, Nathan Silver brings a cast of characters careening forth into the world.

Wild Times: MONUMENTAL

November 6, 2014
MONUMENTAL

MONUMENTAL revisits the West, in David Brower-vision.

Profiles in Eco-Courage: ELEMENTAL

November 6, 2014
ELEMENTAL

ELEMENTAL puts nature in every frame.

Mr. Known Unknown: Godard and His Discontents

November 5, 2014 | 4 Comments
GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE

In defense of GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE.