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Joshua Reviews Les Blank’s A Poem Is A Naked Person [Theatrical Review]

19 hours ago

It is now July, and with that has come wave after wave of reactions to the first half of this calendar year in cinema. Be it the biggest blockbusters or the films that, if you blinked, you’d have missed their time in theaters, 2015 has been to many a great year up to this point, and to others a year that will hopefully be back loaded. However, for fans of the repertory scene, 2015 has been yet another year proving that for classic film fans, there are still numerous outlets to see the greatest films cinema has to offer.

And then there is the rare case where the two worlds mix, the rare case where a film years in the making finally arrives in theaters, for the very first time.

Look no further than the latest release from Janus Films (The Criterion Collection’s backing company and storied theatrical distributor), A Poem Is A Naked Person. »

- Joshua Brunsting

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Joshua Reviews Khavn’s Ruined Heart: Another Love Story Between A Criminal And A Whore [Nyaff 2015 Review]

20 hours ago

To cinephiles, few cinematographers get the blood truly pumping quite like beloved and Criterion-approved director of photography Christopher Doyle. Best known for his iconic work in films like Wong Kar-Wai’s In The Mood For Love (to this very day one of the greatest achievements in film photography), Doyle has honed his craft largely outside of the United States, occasionally coming stateside to work with filmmakers like Gus Van Sant (Paranoid Park) or even Barry Levinson (Liberty Heights). Working numerous times with directors like Wong Kar-Wai, as well as the likes of Zhang Yimou and Edward Yang (Doyle’s first film was Yang’s That Day, on the Beach), he has become a bastion of the world cinema scene and one of today’s most beloved photographers.

Playing this year’s New York Asian Film Festival is his latest journey behind the camera, as Filipino poet/filmmaker/artist Khavn (aka »

- Joshua Brunsting

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Joshua Reviews Kiki Sugino’s Taksu [Nyaff 2015 Review]

21 hours ago

Watching as a relative is on the verge of becoming a parent should be, truly, a many splendid event. Be it a brother or a sister, seeing them become something more than a singular entity floating through their life is a time for joy, reflection and pure human growth. That is, unless you’re the star of the latest film from director Kiki Sugino, Taksu.

The third film from Sugino, Taksu introduces us to husband and wife duo of Chihiro (Saito Takumi) and Yuri (Yoko Mitsuya), who make their way to Bali to meet up with the former’s pregnant sister, Kumi (director Sugino). Chihiro himself is ill and dying, which has taken quite a toll on he and his wife’s relationship, making a chasm between the two that only grows as the film progresses. Hoping for the best from this trip, Yuri begins to see her heart wander, »

- Joshua Brunsting

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Off The Shelf – Episode 56 – Top 5 Home Video Releases Of 2015 (So Far)

1 July 2015 5:00 AM, PDT

This week on Off The Shelf, Ryan is joined by Brian Saur to take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of June 30th, 2015, and chat about some follow-up and home video news.

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Episode Links & Notes Top 5 Of 2015 (So Far)

Brian

5. Wolfen (Warner Archive)

4. River’s Edge (Kl Studio Classics)

3. Sullivan’s Travels (Criterion)

2. Blood and Black Lace (Arrow)

1. Breaking Away (Twilight Time)

Honorable: Thunderbirds, The Fisher King, Zardoz, Last Embrace, Return to Oz.

Ryan

5. 3-D Rarities (Flicker Alley)

4. Journey To The Center Of The Earth Re-issue (Twilight Time)

3. Thunderbirds (Shout! Factory)

2. Classics From The Van Beuren Studio (Thunderbean Animation)

1. Watership Down (Criterion Collection)

Honorable mentions: Spirited Away, The Train (Arrow), Man With A Movie Camera

News Saturn Awards: Winners Announced New Releases 1990: The Bronx Warriors Come Fly with Me The Decline Of Western Civilization Collection Escape From the Bronx »

- Ryan Gallagher

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Episode 160 – Otto Preminger’s Anatomy of a Murder

30 June 2015 11:00 AM, PDT

This time on the podcast, Scott is joined by David Blakeslee and Trevor Berrett to discuss Otto Preminger’s Anatomy of a Murder.

About the film:

A virtuoso James Stewart plays a small-town Michigan lawyer who takes on a difficult case: the defense of a young army lieutenant (Ben Gazzara) accused of murdering a local tavern owner who he believes raped his wife (Lee Remick). This gripping envelope-pusher, the most popular film by Hollywood provocateur Otto Preminger, was groundbreaking for the frankness of its discussion of sex—but more than anything else, it is a striking depiction of the power of words. Featuring an outstanding supporting cast—with a young George C. Scott as a fiery prosecutor and the legendary attorney Joseph N. Welch as the judge—and an influential score by Duke Ellington, Anatomy of a Murder is an American movie landmark, nominated for seven Oscars, including best picture. »

- Scott Nye

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The Eclipse Viewer – Episode 30 – Early Fassbinder, Part Two

30 June 2015 10:00 AM, PDT

This podcast focuses on Criterion’s Eclipse Series of DVDs. Hosts David Blakeslee and Trevor Berrett give an overview of each box and offer their perspectives on the unique treasures they find inside. In this episode, David and Trevor conclude their two-part discussion of Eclipse Series 39: Early Fassbinder.

About the films:

From the very beginning of his incandescent career, the New German Cinema enfant terrible Rainer Werner Fassbinder refused to play by the rules. His politically charged, experimental first films, made at an astonishingly rapid rate between 1969 and 1970, were influenced by the work of the Antiteater, an avant-garde stage troupe that he had helped found in Munich. Collected here are five of those fascinating and confrontational works. Whether a self- conscious meditation on American crime movies, a scathing indictment of xenophobia in contemporary Germany, or an off-the-wall look at the dysfunctional relationships on film sets, each is a startling »

- David Blakeslee

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