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Beetlemania and Beyond: Jessica Oreck

September 29, 2014
VANQUISHING OF THE WITCH BABA YAGA

On the uncanny qualities of Jessica Oreck’s films.

An Almost Arbitrary Arcana

September 28, 2014
LA COBRA

With Jim Finn showing new work at the New York Film Festival, we take a look at sixteen shorts in his Lotería series.

Anatomy of the Filmmaker: Varda, the Maysles, Blank and Timoner

September 25, 2014

An infographical take on the philosophies, approaches and technological habits of a few key documentary heroes.

John Hubley’s Playground

September 25, 2014 | One Comment
OF MEN AND DEMONS

John Hubley’s films explored creation and laughed at opposition, carving its audience tiny paths toward new ways of thinking.

Finding Jacques Feyder

September 24, 2014 | 2 Comments

On the undeserved obscurity of a master filmmaker.

In a Minor Key: Two Films by Stephanie Barber

September 22, 2014
DAREDEVILS

Funny, smart and utterly unique, Stephanie Barber’s films make one critic wonder: Why don’t we take humor seriously?

Gestures: Body Counts

September 21, 2014

When it comes to fist fights and the martial arts, first impressions are everything.

From Werner Herzog to THE QUISPE GIRLS

September 20, 2014
THE QUISPE GIRLS

An Interview with Sebastián Sepúlveda.

DOUBLE PLAY: James Benning, Richard Linklater and Baseball as a Metaphor for Filmmaking

September 19, 2014 | One Comment
DOUBLE PLAY

Self-taught cineastes James Benning and Richard Linklater both understand that film is a process of organizing time, and that scoring rallies are rare.

While Rome Burned: THE CHESS PLAYERS

September 17, 2014
THE CHESS PLAYERS

Satyajit Ray’s surreal work of satire in THE CHESS PLAYERS speaks to its moment, and ours.

Spy vs. Spy: OSS 117

September 17, 2014
OSS 117 CAIRO NEST OF SPIES

Dujardin and Hazanavicius take very precise satirical stabs at the filmic styles of the ‘classic’ Bond period.

Jodie Mack: Cut Out for This

September 16, 2014
YARD WORK IS HARD WORK

Mack has developed and refined a highly idiosyncratic approach to animated imagery.