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Writing for Criterion, Colin MacCabe sketches the evolution of Jean-Luc Godard's thinking and art from 1968 to 1980, the year Every Man for Himself was released. Girish Shambu remembers the late film historian, scholar and critic, Gilberto Perez. Peter Davis, whose mother, Tess Slesinger, was nominated for an Oscar for her screenplay for Elia Kazan's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, argues that Hollywood didn't used to be so male. Also in the Nation, Stuart Klawans reviews Clint Eastwood's American Sniper and John Boorman's Queen and Country. Plus Mark Cousins's 50-week film course and much more in today's roundup of news and views. » - David Hudson »
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Jean-Luc Godard’s 1980 feature, Sauve qui peut (la vie), or Every Man for Himself, was something of a return to form for the director (if one can really say Godard ever had a typical form to return to). It was, as he declared, and as is often quoted, his “second first film.” As far as his most recent releases were concerned, there was certainly a break from those heavily divisive, politicized, and formally experimental works of the 1970s. This film, comparatively speaking, is indeed more mainstream than that. In its general reliance on narrative, it goes back to Godard’s pre-’67 work, with a beginning, middle, and end (even if not always in that order, as he once commented). But it’s not quite accurate to say that Every Man for Himself is necessarily »
- Jeremy Carr
Every month, the Criterion Collection selects a number of cinematically and culturally important films and makes an effort to preserve them with specialized DVD and Blu-ray releases. For February 2015, the Criterion Collection brings a new mix of classic films into the modern era with new restorations that mark the first time they've ever been available in high-definition (usually). In the mix we have Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now, Martin Rosen's animated adaptation of Richard Adams's Watership Down, Jean-Luc Godard's Every Man for Himself, Jean Renoir's A Day in the Country, Federico Fellini's Satyricon, and Yasujiro Ozu's An Autumn Afternoon.
For full details on all six releases, read on.
- Lex Walker
Starred Up Starred Up didn't make my top ten of 2014, but it was undoubtedly one of the better movies of last year and the best movie starring Jack O'Connell who is likely to get another career boost soon with '71 as Unbroken clearly didn't make his name known to the masses. I definitely recommend you search this one out, just too bad it looks like it is only getting a DVD release.
John Wick Solid little actioner and a perfect movie to watch at home. I'm not sure you need to buy it, but definitely give it a rent.
Dear White People The highlights to this release would appear to be the two commentary tracks, the first features writer/director Justin Simien along with cast members Tessa Thompson, Tyler James Williams, Teyonah Parris and Brandon Bell while Simien offers a second, solo commentary. I didn't receive a review copy so I haven't listened to either, »
- Brad Brevet
En route to Palm Springs yesterday afternoon, I saw the news that the National Society of Film Critics had gone against the flow, where most would have expected a "Boyhood" win, and named Jean-Luc Godard's "Goodbye to Language" the year's best film. What I wasn't fully aware of until this morning was the wave of displeasure it apparently spurred. First, some thoughts on the organization's history. They often settle on something perfectly reasonable if not inspired, and sometimes that falls outside the sphere of major Best Picture contenders. "Inside Llewyn Davis," "Amour," "Melancholia," "Waltz with Bashir," "Pan's Labyrinth," "American Splendor," "Mulholland Drive," "Yi Yi: A One and a Two" — that's just a brief, selective history. And I'm forever in love with their "Out of Sight" choice in 1998. Only five films have won all three major critics group awards (Nsfc, Lafca and Nyfcc): "The Social Network," "The Hurt Locker, »
- Kristopher Tapley
5 items from 2015
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