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Bombs Away?!

April 10, 2013 | One Comment

On the ultimate inciting incident and its recurrence in movies.

Daily | Marker, Ozu, and Bordwell on the 1940′s

March 28, 2013
Fargo

It’s Chris Marker day at the Los Angeles Review of Books. Plus filmmaking lessons from Ken Loach, a Nabokov story, and more.

Video: How Carl Dreyer Created a ‘Cinematic Uncanny’

March 19, 2013 | 2 Comments

Investigating one of the creepiest films of all time, with insights inspired by one of the world’s leading film scholars.

The Film 100: Bernard Herrmann, no. 51

February 18, 2013
NORTH BY NORTHWEST

Working closely with Hollywood’s top directors, Herrmann built a reputation as a stubborn perfectionist who insisted on developing a film’s score in tandem with the director’s shooting schedule.

The Film 100: Robert De Niro, no. 85

February 12, 2013
RAGING BULL

With his gift of rendering reprehensible antagonists human and complex, De Niro has remained one of the most watchable men in movie history.

Taking FLIGHT

February 7, 2013
FLIGHT

Oscar 2013: John Gatins talks about recovery, heroism and his twisted road to an Academy Award nomination for the writing of FLIGHT.

The Film 100: Edith Head, no. 50

December 16, 2012
TO CATCH A THIEF

Head clashed and collaborated with some of Hollywood’s most skillful and particular directors, moving from genre to genre easily, draping the characters of classic film noir thrillers, westerns and period dramas.

Two Reasons for Watching THE CLOCK as It Keeps Ticking

December 14, 2012
CHRISTIAN MARCLAY, THE CLOCK

Marking cinematic time with Christian Marclay’s infinitely fascinating THE CLOCK.

The Film 100: Alfred Hitchcock, no. 6

December 1, 2012
ALFRED HITCHCOCK BY ZEKE ZIELINSKI

Hitchcock’s uncommon talent, it seems, was his ability to compel onlookers to project themselves into the shoes of the bumbling innocents he engulfed in sinister situations.

Christian Petzold: The State He Is In

September 26, 2012 | 3 Comments
YELLA

Christian Petzold builds suspense with restraint, as BARBARA, his latest work featuring characters in perilous transition, proves.

From the Original Horror Franchise, a Clear Standout: Barrymore’s “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”

November 29, 2011

John Barrymore’s performance is one of the subtlest and most intelligent to be found anywhere.

German Precision in a World Gone Haywire: The Films of Christian Petzold

August 5, 2011
Nina Hoss is lost in adulter in

Christian Petzold’s thrillers mix clinical realism with the surreal.