6 items from 2014
+“Sometimes the class struggle is also the struggle of one image against another image, of one sound against another sound. In a film, this struggle is against images and sounds.”
There was something in the air when Jean-Luc Godard took up the political banner of the late 1960s and shifted his filmmaking focus in terms of storytelling style and stories told, and in a general sense of formal reevaluation and reinvention. Always considered something of the enfant terrible of the French Nouvelle Vague, Godard was keen from the start to experiment with the conventional norms of cinematic aesthetics, from the jarring jump cuts of Breathless (1960), to the self-conscious playfulness of A Woman is a Woman (1961), to the genre deviations of Band of Outsiders (1964) and Made in USA (1966). But Godard was still, at a most basic level, operating along a fairly conventional plane of fictional cinema, one with »
- Jeremy Carr
It might be hard to believe, but Sandra Bullock turns the big 5-0 on Saturday. In the course of her 20 years of stardom, Bullock has played everything from a duplicitous Cta token collector to a death-defying astronaut, while never sacrificing an ounce of the charm that made her America's Sweetheart. (Well, except maybe in Crash, but that was on purpose.) In honor of Bullock hitting the half-century mark, let's look back at our five favorite roles. Lucy, While You Were Sleeping Bullock earned her fame with a supporting role as the driver of an bomb-laden bus in Speed; when it »
- Nate Jones
While he’ll always be best known for his 1928 silent masterpiece, The Passion of Joan Arc (or for his atmospheric 1932 horror film, Vampyr), Danish auteur Carl Theodor Dreyer had a rich and varied filmography that ranged from 1919-1964. Criterion has remastered a 1925 comedy from the director, Master of the House, the first of his films to be adapted from a play (Tyrant’s Fall by Sven Rindom) rather than a novel. A prescient treatise on domestic issues, the film was enormously popular upon release, but it would be the last comedic venture for Dreyer (the only other being 1920’s The Parson’s Widow). Known to enthusiasts of Dreyer, it’s a title that’s been overshadowed by the director’s notoriously somber works, therefore making it ripe for rediscovery.
A harried yet unquestionably doting wife, Ida Frandsen (Astrid Holm) waits hand and foot on her three children as she goes »
- Nicholas Bell
Sorcerer My number one pick of the week is obviously the newly remastered Blu-ray release of William Friedkin's Sorcerer, which I already reviewed. The only issue with this one is that it doesn't come with any additional features, but the film alone is enough to consider adding this one to your collection. Read my full review right here.
Big Bad Wolves Big Bad Wolves gained notoriety when Quentin Tarantino declared it the best film of 2013. It's an interesting movie, but I wouldn't say it was the best of last year or any year for that matter. Here's a snippet from my review: Big Bad Wolves ... raises questions of "How far is too farc" and questions a victim's rights for revenge. I like that. I like those shades of grey. I like the idea of not knowing, the question of regret if you don't follow your instinct versus the voice »
- Brad Brevet
And here we are. The day after Easter and we’ve reached the top of the mountain. While compiling this list, it’s become evident that true religious films just aren’t made anymore (and if they are, they are widely panned). That being said, religious themes exist in more mainstream movies than ever, despite there being no deliberate attempts to dub the films “religious.” Faith, God, whatever you want to call it – it’s influenced the history of nations, of politics, of culture, and of film. And these are the most important films in that wheelhouse. There are only two American films in the top 10, and only one of them is in English.
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10. Andrei Rublev (1966)
Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky
A brutally expansive biopic about the Russian iconographer divided into nine chapters. Andrei Rublev (Anatoly Solonitsyn) is portrayed not as a silent monk, but a motivated artist working against social ruin, »
- Joshua Gaul
Experiments In Cinema v9.72 is running April 14-21 at several venues across Albuquerque, New Mexico, primarily the Guild Cinema, but with satellite screenings at the National Hispanic Cultural Center and the Southwest Film Center.
Special Programs: On April 16, there will be a selection of short films written, produced and directed by local students through Basement Films’ youth outreach endeavor. On April 17, there will be a program, curated by Antoni Pinent, of cameraless films from Spain. On April 18, first Stephen Kent Jusick will present short films from the Mix NYC queer film festival; then Greg DeCuir, Jr. will present films from Belgrade’s Ciné-club produced between 1960 and 1980. April 19 will host another night of films from Belgrade, this time curated by Miodrag Milošević.
After Festival Night: While film screenings end on the 20th, on April 21 Gerry Fialka will lead two discussions and screening/event programs, first on contemporary documentary films and then »
- Mike Everleth
6 items from 2014
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