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Looking for any excuse, Landon Palmer and Scott Beggs are using the 2012 Sight & Sound poll results as a reason to take different angles on the best movies of all time. Every week, they’ll discuss another entry in the list, dissecting old favorites from odd angles, discovering movies they haven’t seen before and asking you to join in on the conversation. Of course it helps if you’ve seen the movie because there will be plenty of spoilers. This week, they bow to the ethical and empathetic complexity of a movie violently opposed to the inhumane destruction of conflict: Gillo Pontecorgo’s The Battle of Algiers. In the #48 (tied) movie on the list, resistance fighters hoping for Algerian freedom from France square off against French soldiers — each employing their own methods of madness — with regular citizens in the crossfire. But why is it one of the best movies of all time? Scott: »
- FSR Staff
With all due respect to Godard, who declared, “Every cut is a lie,” Paul Greengrass has pioneered a style that relies on editing to bring audiences closer to reality than any other studio director working today.
That achievement more than justifies the American Cinema Editors’ choice to name Greengrass the org’s Filmmaker of the Year, to say nothing of the edited feature (dramatic) nomination awarded to his chief cutter, Christopher Rouse, for “Captain Phillips.”
Over the span of 10 years, Greengrass and Rouse have rewritten the rules for action editing, bringing an illusion of spontaneous immediacy to carefully choreographed set pieces. The duo wouldn’t dare take credit for inventing this immersive, documentary-style aesthetic — which has roots in such pseudo-newsreel productions as 1966’s “The Battle of Algiers” (placing auds in the midst of dynamic, unpredictable situations) — though they have virtually perfected it in their five features together.
“Paul is one »
- Peter Debruge
The Oscar race is never a dull one and that couldn’t be any more apparent than in the race for Best Foreign Language film. This year is certainly shaping up to be a battle of David vs. Goliath if you looked at the histories of the countries competing. In one corner, you have Italy, with a whopping 12 wins in this category, facing off with a country like Cambodia, with no Oscar nominations. But such is the beauty of the awards season and the Oscars. So before the nominations come out, here’s an Oscar primer to get you caught up on the Foreign Language films.
Belgium – 2013 Nominee: The Broken Circle Breakdown
Logline/Synopsis: Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight, in spite of their differences. He talks, she listens. He’s a romantic atheist, she’s a religious realist. When their daughter becomes seriously ill, »
- Terence Johnson
3 items from 2014
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