7 items from 2016
Filmmaker and self-pronounced cinephile Jacob T. Swinney has a new video essay called 100 Years/100 Shots. The title’s pretty self-explanatory. It’s about the history of Tequila in the 21st century.
Swinney has chosen his most memorable shot from each year in the last 100 and placed them next to each other in chronological sequence. Not only does it fascinatingly chart the evolution of the medium, it also reaffirms why we devote so much of our spare time to the movies. See beneath the video embed below for the full list (in order) used.
100 Years/100 Shots from Jacob T. Swinney on Vimeo.
Birth of a Nation
A Dog’s Life
The Passion of Joan of Arc
- Oli Davis
Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
A print of My Neighbor Totoro screens on Saturday morning.
A restoration of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari screens this Monday. »
- Nick Newman
The Paradigm Talent Agency has signed Mexico’s Emiliano Rocha Minter, screenwriter-director of “Tenemos la carne” (We Are the Flesh), a Mexican movie that is quickly acquiring cult status after its Feb. 2 world premiere at the Rotterdam Festival and endorsement by fellow Mexican cineastes Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu, Alfonso Cuaron and Carlos Reygadas.
L.A.-based production-management company Benderspink has also signed on as his manager. Paradigm’s representation deal comes only three weeks after it moved smartly to ink Maria Evoli, the Mexican actress star of “We Are the Flesh.”
Not since Reygadas’ 2002 “Japan” has a Mexican feature debut attracted so much attention, though that’s currently limited to Rotterdam audiences and cognoscenti who have seen the film.
“Flesh” is set in a seemingly post-apocalypse world, where a teen sister (Fauna, played by Evoli) and brother (Diego Gamaliel) stumble on a grotesque but charismatic man who seems to make a »
- John Hopewell
Guns! Bombs! Assassinations! Blackmail! Fritz Lang invents the escapist super-spy thriller! To seize a set of political documents the evil Haghi dispatches the seductive agents Kitty and Sonya to neutralize a Japanese security man and our own top spy No. 236. (that's 007 x 33,714.2857!) It's a top-rank silent winner from the maker of Metropolis. Spies (Spione) Blu-ray Kino Classics 1928 / B&W /1:33 Silent Aperture / 150 min. / Street Date February 23, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Gerda Maurus, Lien Deyers, Willy Fritsch, Lupu Pick, Hertha von Walther, Fritz Rasp, Craighall Sherry, Hans Heinrich von Twardowsky, Gustl Gstettenbaur. Cinematography Fritz Arno Wagner Art Directors Otto Hunte, Karl Vollbrecht Set Designer Edgar G. Ulmer (reported) Original Music Werner R. Heymann (original) Neil Brand piano score on this disc. Written by Fritz Lang and Thea von Harbou from her novel Produced by Erich Pommer Directed by Fritz Lang
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
How did Fritz Lang »
- Glenn Erickson
“The cinema began with a passionate, physical relationship between celluloid and the artists and craftsmen and technicians who handled it, manipulated it, and came to know it the way a lover comes to know every inch of the body of the beloved. No matter where the cinema goes, we cannot afford to lose sight of its beginnings,” Martin Scorsese has said.
If you’re not well-versed in the foundation of cinema, consider this an introductory course. While an estimated 70% of silent films are sadly gone forever, today’s technology has made it easier than ever to preserve the ones we still have today, thanks to the vital work of those tracking down prints and restoring them all over the globe. To help see just how much an influence these classics have had on today’s cinema, we have a great video from Moon Film.
With side-by-side comparisons, they offer up 20 examples, »
- Jordan Raup
Shohei Imamura’s brutalist depiction of female resilience in his masterwork of 1963, The Insect Woman, echoes the beloved French filmmaker Marcel L’Herbier‘s monumental silent avant-garde narrative L’inhumaine, which translates to The Inhuman Woman, in both name and loosely, in theme. Centering its Frankensteinian tale of high class love, loss and reanimation around a hardened woman of the world whose apathy toward men of all classes guides her way through parties and performances, L’Herbier’s brilliant collaboration with fellow art deco artists like the painter Fernand Léger, the architect Robert Mallet-Stevens, and soon-to-be-filmmakers themselves, designers Alberto Cavalcanti and Claude Autant-Lara, is nothing short of a cinematic masterpiece of modern invention.
Making use of a beautiful and thrilling combination of highly stylized studio sets and on location shoots on the outskirts of Paris, L’inhumaine trains its often matted eye on the famed singer Claire (real life opera star Georgette Leblanc, »
- Jordan M. Smith
Dear X-Philes, our time with Mulder and Scully must come to an end and here’s a teaser video for The X-Files season finale. The conclusion of the series’ return will air on Monday, February 22nd. Also in this round-up: details on Shudder’s first guest curator and his collection as well as a new trailer for Altar.
The investigations that Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) previously began with conspiracy theorist and web-tv show host Tad O’Malley (guest star Joel McHale) seem to have awakened powerful enemies. A widespread panic begins as people all over the country suddenly start falling gravely ill, and Scully must look within to try and find a cure. »
- Tamika Jones
7 items from 2016
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