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Ry Russo-Young's Top Ten Films of All Time

3 December 2010 7:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Have you ever wondered what are the films that inspire the next generation of visionary filmmakers? As part of our monthly Ioncinephile profile (read here), we ask the filmmaker the incredibly arduous task of identifying their top ten list of favorite films. We cap off the year with Ry Russo-Young, whose Sundance Film Festival selected and Gotham Award winner You Wont Miss Me finally receives a December 10th release followed by a nationwide roll out. Here are Ry's Top 10 Films. Close-Up - Abbas Kiarostami (1990) "This film articulates the complex dialogue between art and life. Part documentary, part staged re-enactment with real subjects, it’s about the trial of a man who impersonates the filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf."   The Conversation - Francis Ford Coppola (1974) "The way sound is used, the paranoia and the incredible use of Gene Hackman’s grey raincoat."   Days of Heaven - Terrence Malick (1978) "I know a lot of »

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Alternative Tiff 2010 Picks: #15. Thom Andersen's Get Out Of The Car

7 September 2010 2:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

#15. Get Out of the Car (Part of Wavelengths 1) Director: Thomas Andersen  Buzz: There's a part of me wishing I could have a "different" film festival experience. The cinephilia side in me would love to embrace all the offerings from the Wavelengths programs. The one item at the top of that list, would be from the artist is was often mentioned on many top 100 lists of the past decade with "Los Angeles Plays Itself". Using montage once again, this is an update of sorts on the city of angels. The Gist: This is another city symphony exploring Los Angeles' gentrification through a thoughtful montage of façades and a playful excursus through its musical history. Tiff Schedule: Friday September 10 9:00:00 Pm Jackman Hall - Ago   »

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Thom Andersen in Los Angeles and More Goings On

19 August 2010 7:18 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Thom Andersen's 34-minute Get Out of the Car, slated for screenings at the Toronto and New York Film Festivals, is the filmmaker's response to his own previous film, Los Angeles Plays Itself, notes Vadim Rizov in the La Weekly: "The film depicts Los Angeles as wasteland, with lots of decaying or empty billboards, functional murals and ad hoc decorations but no visible human life. On the sound track, neighborhood residents and skeptical passersby question the value or entertainment factor of the emptiness being captured; others angrily lament the destruction of neighborhood landmarks like South Central Farm. Musical snippets — old soul and rock, gospel choirs, norteño — add their own allusions." Vadim surveys the oeuvre, interviews Andersen via email and adds that the new film "comes home to La" tonight as part of Cinefamily's Evening with Thom Anderson: "Get Out of the Car marks his return to 16 mm film, and it »

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The lure of the night

17 February 2010 2:30 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

They drank, fought, chased women and died. But La's Native Americans live on in a lost gem of a film: The Exiles

In Los Angeles Plays Itself, the cult documentary by Thom Andersen about "the most photographed city in the world – and the least ­remembered", the director heaped praise on an all-but forgotten La ­movie: Kent Mackenzie's The Exiles, which documented a riotous and boozy Friday night in the lives of several ­Native Americans, originally from Arizona­, living in the Bunker Hill area of downtown La in the late 1950s.

Unlauded and largely unseen in its day, it has received ecstatic plaudits from Us critics ever since. Today­ it's seen as both a unique moment­ in the history of Native American film-­making and a record of the vanished community (and the beautiful Victorian architecture) that once existed where La's skyscrapers now stand.

The Exiles, which is out on DVD this week, »

- John Patterson

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Ranting in Pictures

20 January 2010 9:29 AM, PST | | See recent IFC news »

"'Star Wars: The Phantom Menace' was the most disappointing thing since my son."

That's the daffy opening line of filmmaker Mike Stoklasa's "'Star Wars: The Phantom Menace' Review," an insightful, rudely funny takedown of George Lucas' prequel. And it's as good a place as any to start an appreciation of a hybrid of the video essay and the mash-up -- an emerging format that's often more entertaining than the work it cannibalizes.

Let's start by distinguishing straightforward mash-ups and video essays from works created by Stoklasa and his siblings-in-spirit. The term "mash-up" was first applied to musical works that combined existing pieces of recording music in order to create something new. The YouTube equivalent is defined by Wikipedia as a work that "combines "multiple sources of video -- which often have no relation to each other -- into a derivative work, often lampooning »

- Matt Zoller Seitz

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