You may never have heard of Oscar Micheaux, but out of his “impoverished consciousness-raising exploitation potboilers,” writes critic Dave Kehr, “the American black cinema was born.[...]
WARNING: This film contains extremely fast editing, flashes of light, abrupt changes in image and sound.
Back in 2001, Matt Bucy had the inspiration to do something truly original — take the entire Wizard of Oz, cut it up, and put it back together–this time in alphabetical order.
To determine the all-around greatest films of all time, the well-known Sight and Sound Directors Poll surveys filmmakers themselves.[...]
Quite patiently, Ben Watts cut apart and stitched together scenes from 53 films (find a complete list here) showing characters suffering through writer’s block. Adaptation, Barton Fink, Shakespeare in Love, The Royal Tenenbaums, and, yes, Throw Momma From the Train–they’re among the films featured in the 4-minute supercut above.[...]
A very quick heads up: Until the end of the month, you can stream free online Janis Joplin: Little Girl Blue, a new documentary from PBS’ American Masters series.[...]
Features, commercials, art pieces, stock footage, home movies, propaganda: the history of cinema so far has produced countless individual forms, all of which also count as documentaries. Watch any kind of film made sufficiently long ago and you look through a window onto the attitudes, aesthetics, and accoutrements of another time.[...]
“What words would best describe a Tarkovsky film?” asks Lewis Bond, creator of the cinephile video-essay Youtube channel Channel Criswell. He offers a few right away: “Haunting, ethereal, hypnotic, serene.[...]
In this increasingly atomized world of music, how does one get a new record release noticed above the hum of the internet? If you’re Beyoncé, you just drop the whole thing unannounced and watch the media play catch up. If you’re not Beyoncé you might consider rapper Aesop Rock’s tactic.[...]
Tom Waits For No One, above, is surely the only film in history to have won an Oscar for Scientific and Technical Achievement for its creator and a first place award at the Hollywood Erotic Film and Video Festival.[...]
Harold Lloyd hanging high above the city on the hands of a skyscraper’s clock. A shot through the eye on the Odessa steps. Another eye, this one readied for the razor blade. King Kong roaring atop a skyscraper of his own. Snow White offering a perch to the bluebird.[...]