3 items from 2016
It's that time again to look back on the month that was. We're doing a little early to pretend that May is already over. T'was a difficult month for your host with writer's block that wouldn't quit (which is not a common malady at Tfe HQ) but we thank you for your enthusiasms about all we do here. Here's a look back on key posts this month in case you missed any...
6 Personal Favs
Podcast: Truth or Dare a seminal text on celebrity culture. And...
Interview Jose's chat with the dancers from that same Madonna doc
Thelma & Louise relay revisit of one of the all time best flicks
10 Bad Girl Oscar Winners -Kieran's list from Marylee Hadley to Nurse Ratched
Maddening Matte Painting - Daniel on Black Narcissus (1947)
7 That Sparked Most Conversation
Best Actress an overdue narrative or fresh blood this year? »
- NATHANIEL R
Asghar Farhadi‘s films don’t strike me as having much of a cinematic precedent, which is not at all to suggest they aren’t “cinematic.” Consider, rather, the fact that his master’s thesis concerned world-class dramatist Harold Pinter, and think of his screenplays’ dramatic properties — an incident, an involved party, the people around him or her, and further incidents that will then gradually, inevitably emerge. Perhaps I consider him a great, great writer first and a very great visual strategist second, or simply take those roles as 1a and 1b, respectively.
In short: it’s little surprise that his Sight & Sound list is filled with movies about families and their calamitous issues (sometimes “just” emotional), or at least movies heavily concerned with the reverberations of actions. It’s also a fine collection of cinema as is, save for Sun Yu‘s The Road, which I’m only excluding »
- Nick Newman
My guest for this month is Neven Mrgan, and he’s joined me to discuss the film he chose for me, the 1997 drama film Taste of Cherry. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.
Abbas Kiarostami, who directed this film, is probably the most celebrated living Iranian director We are both huge fans of films with an existentialist bent, like this one Seriously, Criterion, upgrade your crappy DVD of this film already. It’s not even anamorphic for crying out loud! If you want to read someone really get it wrong, read Roger Ebert’s thoughts on this film A film that won the Palme d’Or in 1997, and was named to the 2012 Sight & Sound greatest films of all time list Martin Scorsese is also a huge fan of Kiarostami I assume we’re the only podcast to ever compare this film to Disney’s Wall-e, but »
- Arik Devens
3 items from 2016
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