Essays Cinema at the Margins

Cinema at the Margins

Wheeler Winston Dixon’s Cinema at the Margins is an enlightening collection of essays and interviews. Wearing his encyclopedic knowledge lightly, Dixon shares his expert insights and research in an eloquent, eminently readable style. I chose...

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The Church of Paul Thomas Anderson

The Church of Paul Thomas Anderson

By the time he brought Revelation upon Los Angeles in the form of frog rain, Paul Thomas Anderson had already achieved a level of formal and thematic completeness in his body of work which is...

June 11 2013 / 4 comments / Read More
Film Reviews

Silence tells the story in “Ida”

Silence tells the story in “Ida”

The alarming precision of nuns singing chromatically descending chants. The hollow, circular depression of earth on the grounds of the convent where a life-size...

Jun 8 2014 / No comment / Read More

Drinking Buddies (2013)

Drinking Buddies (2013)

With no end in sight to the glut of autobots and decepticons, board game adaptations and bloated Marvel costume parties passed off as narrative...

Aug 2 2013 / No comment / Read More

Les Invisibles: Speaking up, stepping out

Les Invisibles: Speaking up, stepping out

Les Invisibles does more than you’d expect of a documentary about elderly gay and lesbian people. I went into this film anticipating a series...

Jul 19 2013 / No comment / Read More

Before Midnight: Unevenly Matched

Before Midnight: Unevenly Matched

Before Midnight offers a long-awaited update on the lives of Céline and Jesse, the couple who met on a train to Vienna in the...

Jul 11 2013 / No comment / Read More

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Lists

Top 10 of 2012

Top 10 of 2012

As we reach the end of an inspiring year for cinema, here are ten titles that stood out for me in 2012, and an explanation of why I chose each of them. Although I saw many of these at film festivals, so they may not...

Dec 24 2012 / No comment / Read More

Tony Scott’s 5 best films

Tony Scott’s 5 best films

As with any prominent artist’s or entertainer’s passing, it gives us a chance to look back on their body of work in a way we’ve never looked at it before — as completed cannon. After the terrible news broke of director Tony Scott’s apparent suicide,...

Aug 23 2012 / 3 comments / Read More

The 10 best films of 2011

The 10 best films of 2011

It’s that time of year again when we intrepid critics whittle down the hundreds of titles we’ve seen over the last 365 days to the top 10 that made us gasp, chuckle, cringe, hope, feel and think the most. As seems to be the trend, Hollywood left...

Jan 8 2012 / 8 comments / Read More

Cinema’s 9 Circles of Hell

Cinema’s 9 Circles of Hell

The cinema: paradise, at times, but many are the sins that writers, directors, cinema owners and fellow audience members can commit to bring the whole experience swiftly down to the ground. Dante came up with nine different levels of torture in his vision of Inferno,...

Dec 13 2011 / No comment / Read More

Sidney Lumet’s 5 Best Films

Sidney Lumet’s 5 Best Films

#5. Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007) Lumet’s last film was also one of his best. Following a pair of troublesome brothers who plot to rob their parents’ jewelry store, “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead” refuses to flinch in the face of the...

Apr 16 2011 / 3 comments / Read More
Trailers Trailer: ‘Lincoln’

Trailer: ‘Lincoln’

Director: Steven Spielberg Writer: Tony Kushner Studio: DreamWorks Pictures Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn Release: November 9, 2012...

Sep 16, 2012 / More
Lists Top 10 of 2012

Top 10 of 2012

As we reach the end of an inspiring year for cinema, here are ten titles that stood out for me in 2012, and an explanation of why I chose each of them. Although...

Dec 24, 2012 / More
Contests Win a ‘Seeking a Friend for the End of the World’ prize pack!

Win a ‘Seeking a Friend for the End of the World’ prize pack!

About the Film: Studio: Focus Features Starring: Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Connie Britton, Adam Brody, Rob Corddry, Patton Oswalt Directed By: Lorene Scafaria Written By: Lorene Scafaria (Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist) Release...

Jun 18, 2012 / More
Daily Diary Daily Diary: The Abyss (1989), All the President’s Men (1976)

Daily Diary: The Abyss (1989), All the President’s Men (1976)

The Abyss (1989) The beginning of James Cameron’s love affair with the sea (excluding “Piranha II: The Spawning” of course), “The Abyss” follows a team of offshore oil-rig workers tapped by the military...

Sep 4, 2011 / More
Below the Line Werner Herzog is a plastic bag in Ramin Bahrani short film

Werner Herzog is a plastic bag in Ramin Bahrani short film

Ramin Bahrani, the New York-based auteur responsible for such indie darlings as “Chop Shop” (2007) and “Goodbye Solo” (2008) shot a curious little short in 2009 called “Plastic Bag.” It follows a plastic...

Sep 30, 2012 / More
Under the Radar Hell Comes To Frogtown (1988)

Hell Comes To Frogtown (1988)

As a product of the 1980s, I often reflect on my childhood and the distinctive pop culture of that era. Television provided me endless hours of action and adventure through the eyes of...

Sep 15, 2010 / More
Interviews The Dark Future of Film-making in Serbia: An Interview with Petar Pasic

The Dark Future of Film-making in Serbia: An Interview with Petar Pasic

The London Film Festival is not just about feature films: the festival also presents a selection of short films, which are grouped into different programmes according to theme. This year’s themes have included...

Oct 24, 2010 / More
Festivals Tallgrass Film Festival: Day 2 Preview

Tallgrass Film Festival: Day 2 Preview

Films screen all day at the Orpheum Theatre, Scottish Rite, Central Library, Historical Museum, Garvey Center, Hotel at Old Town and the C.A.C. Theatre at WSU. Click here for Friday’s schedule. Be sure...

Oct 18, 2013 / More
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