16 items from 2016
I’ve spoken to many accomplished artists, but there are perhaps none who bear the same extent of experience as Kirsten Johnson. Don’t worry if the name doesn’t ring any bells: she’s built her repertoire as a documentary cinematographer by working with and for the likes of Michael Moore, Laura Poitras, and Jacques Derrida, and the things she’s seen have been funneled into Cameraperson, a travelogue-of-sorts through Johnson’s subconscious.
Her time as an interviewer, or at least a companion to interviews, came through when we sat down together at Criterion’s offices in New York last month. Never have I been more directly forced to think about my work than when she turned the tables on me — all of which started with some complementary danishes left for us in the room. It’s a level of engagement that befits one of this year’s greatest films, »
- Nick Newman
Last year, the BBC polled a bunch of critics to determine the 100 greatest American films of all time and only six films released after 2000 placed at all. This year, the BBC decided to determine the “new classics,” films from the past 16 years that will likely stand the test of time, so they polled critics from around the globe for their picks of the 100 greatest films of the 21st Century so far. David Lynch’s “Mulholland Dr.” tops the list, Wong Kar-Wai’s “In The Mood For Love” places second, and Paul Thomas Anderson and the Coen Brothers both have 2 films in the top 25. See the full results below.
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Though the list itself is fascinating, what’s also compelling are the statistics about the actual list. According to the the BBC, they polled 177 film critics from every continent except Antarctica. »
- Vikram Murthi
Ryan Lambie Aug 23, 2016
A critics' survey puts Mullholland Drive at the top of the list of the best films since 2000. Did yours make the cut?
Movie critics love Linklater, Studio Ghibli, the Coens and the surrealist stylings of David Lynch. At least, that's if a newly-published list of the 100 greatest films of the 21st century is anything to go by.
BBC Culture commissioned the poll, which took in responses from 177 film critics from all over the world. As a result, the top 100 includes an eclectic mix of the mainstream to independent movies, from dramas to sci-fi and off-beat comedies. Feew would be surprised to see things like Paolo Sorrentino's handsome Italian confection The Great Beauty propping up the lower end of the list, or that such acclaimed directors as Wes Anderson or the aforementioned Coens feature heavily.
What is pleasing to see, though, is how much good genre stuff has made the cut, »
Although we’re only about 16% into the 21st century thus far, the thousands of films that have been released have provided a worthy selection to reflect on the cinematic offerings as they stand. We’ve chimed in with our favorite animations, comedies, sci-fi films, and have more to come, and now a new critics’ poll that we’ve taken part in has tallied up the 21st century’s 100 greatest films overall.
The BBC has polled 177 critics from around the world, resulting in a variety of selections, led by David Lynch‘s Mulholland Drive. Also in the top 10 was Wong Kar-wai‘s In the Mood For Love and Terrence Malick‘s The Tree of Life, which made my personal ballot (seen at the bottom of the page).
- Jordan Raup
As #OscarsSoWhite fades into last Oscar season’s news, change is in the air: There’s a bevy of black films coming in the second half of this year, movies that tell the stories of African chess champions and American slave rebellions. The narratives speak to a black identity that’s multinational instead of monolithic: Nate Parker’s Sundance-winning “The Birth of a Nation,” the interracial romance “Loving,” and Denzel Washington’s fifties-era race relations drama “Fences” are all going to be a part of the conversation this fall.
But there are also a host of older films finally hitting coming out that should expand that picture.
So often black movies are historical, telling the stories of larger-than-life icons we ought to have grown up hearing about. At best they’re biopics that give behemoths like Martin Luther King Jr. or Ray Charles a granular humanity; at worst they’re »
- Hunter Harris
The word masterpiece is thrown around a lot these days. Hell, I’m as guilty of maybe having a little bit of hyperbole in my reviews as anyone. However, when one is ostensibly slapped in the face by one of the true titans of cinema history, there are few better words to describe it.
That’s the response one has when they revisit (or see for the first time) a film like Ousmane Sembene’s Black Girl. Now 50 years old, Sembene’s first feature length film garnered much acclaim upon its initial release, but thanks to Janus Films Sembene’s greatest and arguably most poignant work looks, sounds and feels like a film that’s truly timeless.
Black Girl introduces us to Diouana, a Senegalese housemaid who travels to France to work for a bourgeois white family. Sembene is best known as a filmmaker but as seen throughout his politically-charged »
- Joshua Brunsting
One of the first sub-Saharan films to make an impact in Europe and North America, Black Girl shone a light on France’s colonial past and divided future
“Oh, you must go to Dakar,” a white couple tell friends, as if the capital of newly liberated Senegal were a stylish restaurant down the street. France’s fetishization of post-colonial Africa may not have the fresh sting as it did in 1966, but the communication breakdowns evident in Ousmane Sembène’s Black Girl are far from resolved.
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- Jordan Hoffman
If African film is inarguably the worst-represented section of international cinema, Janus Films have outshone their already-high standards with the restoration of Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembène‘s cornerstone Black Girl. The director was recently highlighted in a documentary that can now be streamed on Netflix, and, among all recent endeavors, this might be the best with which to acquaint oneself with his cinema.
It’s good news, then, that Black Girl will begin its run at BAMcinématek this Wednesday, after which point it should expand to various cities before inevitably coming to Blu-ray via Criterion. The trailer will give some real sense of Janus’ efforts — this 4K restoration is lovely, likely the sort that only brings us closer to its film’s intense emotions and precise form.
See the preview below:
Ousmane Sembène, one of the greatest and most groundbreaking filmmakers who ever lived and the most internationally renowned »
- Nick Newman
A landmark of African cinema, Ousmane Sembène's "Black Girl" has been pored over by audiences, critics and academics ever since its initial release half a century ago. Janus Films will soon re-release the Senegalese auteur's groundbreaking film in a 4K restoration, the trailer for which is now available. Read More: Documentary 'Sembene!' Is Honest Portrait of the Father of African Cinema "Black Girl" stars Mbissine Thérèse Diop as Diouana, a young woman from Dakar who moves to France to work in a wealthy French couple's home. Initially elated, she quickly becomes disillusioned by the experience — she's made to feel increasingly alienated and Other by her employers, who view her as an exotic servant and little more. It's a powerful, upsetting movie. Read More: How Nollywood Redefined Conversations on African Cinema and Culture Sometimes called "the father of African film," Sembène later went on to direct the disturbing »
- Michael Nordine
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- Ryan Gallagher
Once again, highlighting the continent's best and the brightest, New York African Film Festival will present 25 feature-length films and 27 short films from 26 countries, bringing another thrilling and multifaceted selection of African films from the continent and the Diaspora to New York audiences. Marking the 50th anniversary of Ousmane Sembene's Black Girl, this year's festival is presented under the banner of "Modern Days, Ancient Nights: 50 Years of African Filmmaking." This year's selections include Tanna by Bentley Dean and Martin Butler (Opening Night Film), Price of Love by Hermon Hailay (Centerpiece) and closes with Negritude: A Dialogue Between Wole Soyinka and Senghor by Manthia Diawara and a shorts program on New York African Diaspora. The screenings of the 2016 New York African Film...
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Hey New York... another year, another New York African Film Festival - this year's edition (the 23rd) running from May 4-10, with the tagline “Modern Days, Ancient Nights: 50 Years of African Filmmaking” (marking the 50th anniversary of Ousmane Sembène’s feature debut "Black Girl"), presented and hosted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and African Film Festival, Inc, with Maysles Cinema and BAMcinématek also acting as screening locations. Lots to chew on here, including a lineup of 25 feature-length films and 27 short films from 26 countries; so, for now, check out the details via press release below, and look for individual highlight »
- Tambay A. Obenson
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
Christmas, Again (Charles Poekel)
Christmas time is a lonely time for many; a “time of giving” that reminds more than a few of us what we’ve lost. This is the feeling Christmas, Again wades in, as produced, written and directed by Charles Poekel. We follow Noel (Kentucker Audley), who’s selling Christmas trees on a Manhattan curb for the fifth winter in a row. He »
- TFS Staff
As Tambay so rightly said when the New York Film Festival last fall announced that it would present a brand new restoration of Ousmane Sembene's "Black Girl" (here), the film (original French title, "La noire de...") is "rich with symbolism and complexities that are essentially reactions to, and analysis of, the cultural legacy of colonialism - a recurrent theme you'll find in much of Sembène's work, as well as commentary on the untapped strength and abilities of African women." What starts out as a deceptively simple story about a young Senegalese woman, Diouana (played by Thérèse M'Bisine Diop), who works as nanny for a couple »
AFI Silver's 2016 New African Films Festival kicks off later this month, running from March 11-18, at the historic AFI Silver Theatre, in Silver Spring, Maryland, showcasing the year’s best in African filmmaking. This year’s selection of films includes a list of films that you would be familiar with, given that we've covered the majority of them on this blog, in some cases, quite comprehensively. This year's event also features a tribute to the late, great Ousmane Sembène. If you're in the area, you're strongly urged to take advantage of this opportunity to see these wonderful films on the big screen (some of them have barely screened »
- Tambay A. Obenson
“I was gripped by a need to ‘discover’ Africa. Not just Senegal, but just about the entire continent… I became aware that I had to learn to make films if I really wanted to reach my people. A film can be seen and understood even by illiterate people – a book cannot speak to entire populations!” ~ Ousmane Sembène (1 January 1923 – 9 June 2007), at the 2005 Cannes International Film Festival. Competing at the Cannes Film Festival is as important as making the nominations for the Oscars. "Cannes is a showcase for excellence. And when the spotlight is placed on me or Philippe Lacote here, it extends far beyond us…. It is important as far as Africa having a presence and »
- Michael Chima Ekenyerengozi
16 items from 2016
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