And here I’d always considered La Chinoise the only French-language film that used both borrowed Chinese imagery and lofty theory to mount a critique of capitalism.[...]
Our veteran readers will perhaps remember Kirby Ferguson’s four-part video series Everything is a Remix. Created between 2010 and 2014, the series explored the idea that (to quote from one of my earlier posts) “great art doesn’t come out of nowhere.[...]
Many guys have man caves – a room, a basement, a shed where a dude can get away from the demands of domesticity and do dude things. Guillermo del Toro, the Oscar-nominated director of such movies as Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim and the upcoming Crimson Peak, doesn’t just have a cave. He has an entire house.[...]
Tony Zhou and his video series Every Frame a Painting returns with a new episode: Vancouver Never Plays Itself.
A bustling seaport city on the west coast of Canada, Vancouver is a big movie production town. In fact, it’s the third biggest film production city in North America, right behind LA and New York.
It is the year 2019. The world is overcrowded. Decaying. Mechanized. Android slaves, programmed to live for only four years, are technological marvels – strong, intelligent, physically indistinguishable from humans. Into this world comes a band of rebel androids.[...]
Living in New York, it’s not unusual to encounter ardent theater lovers who’ve carefully preserved decades worth of programs, tickets, and ephemera from every play they’ve ever seen. These collections can get a bit hoarder-y, as anyone who’s ever sorted through the belongings of a recently departed lifelong audience member can attest.[...]
Most film-lovers must long for the next Stanley Kubrick, a new thematically adventurous, aesthetically rigorous, big budget-commanding, and take-after-take perfectionistic cinematic visionary for our time.[...]
If there is any contemporary figure out there that resembles Charles Foster Kane, it is that real estate mogul and unlikely GOP front runner, Donald Trump. Like Kane, Trump was educated in, and thrown out of, some of the most elite private schools out there.[...]
Earlier this week, we featured pioneering German animator Lotte Reiniger’s animated silhouette films, for which she adapted old European stories like “Cinderella,” “Thumbelina,” and “Hansel and Gretel” into a striking visual style — striking now, and even more striking in the 1920s — similar to traditional Indonesian sh[...]
The character we know as “Woody Allen,” the persona we see in his films, the stammering neurotic weighed down by existential angst and a desperate horniness laced with intellectuality, was created not in his movies, but in his stand-up, recordings of which have been in and out of circulation since 1964. (They’re now available here.[...]