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Shane Carruth's Follows 'Primer' With the Perplexing But Rewarding 'Upstream Color'
Published 05/15/2013 at 12:11 p.m.
That Upstream Color even exists represents both a triumph and a rebuke to the mainstream film-production system that couldn’t spring for a work this daring and, for all its polish, most likely inexpensive.
'Repo Man'’s Class Anger Still Seethes Almost 30 Years Later
Published 05/01/2013 at 11:38 a.m.
Without putting too much weight or importance behind what a bunch of now-elderly former youths once wanted to express, one of the key things that keeps the spirit of punk alive, or at least on life support, is class anger. ...
Film Critic and Documentarian Mark Cousins Explores a Very Personal 'Story of Film'
Published 04/17/2013 at 11:08 a.m.
Most people who’ve been halfway paying attention know the story of film, or at least some version of it. Eadweard Muybridge, Thomas Edison, jerky silents, talkies, glossy Hollywood studios, the New Wave, the ’70s, Star Wars, indies, CGI, something like ...
Terence Malick’s 40-Year-Old 'Badlands' Well Suited for the 21st Century
Published 03/27/2013 at 11:52 a.m.
Terrence Malick’s trademark lyricism was in full bloom in Badlands, his very first film, and many of his auteurial touches well established. But the Criterion Collection’s new DVD/Blu-ray issue reintroduces a film that’s far flintier and more fraught than Malick’s ...
Getting Lost With 'The Loneliest Planet' and 'Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow'
Published 03/13/2013 at 11:07 a.m.
As writer/director Julia Loktev’s elliptical style and carefully parsed feed of information telegraph, the journey at the center of The Loneliest Planet (MPI DVD, download, and streaming) isn’t merely geographical, and the perils aren’t confined to getting lost.
Leos Carax Returns With the Baffling and Enigmatic 'Holy Motors'
Published 02/27/2013 at 10:58 a.m.
Carax takes what may very well have started off as a hodgepodge of ideas and weaves them together into a tantalizingly cohesive whole, despite the constant puckish wrong-footing and tangents.
Will Oldham and Dawn McCarthy Present an Unfamiliar Side of the Everly Brothers on 'What the Brothers Sang'
Published 02/20/2013 at 9:42 a.m.
It makes a funny sort of sense that singer/songwriter Will Oldham would be an Everly Brothers fan.
'Dredd' and Takashi Miike offer bloody upgrades
Published 02/13/2013 at 10:48 a.m.
Dredd (Lionsgate) probably shouldn’t be any fun. It is an avowed attempt to undo the damage done to the vintage sci-fi comic’s rep by Judge Dredd, the hacktacular 1995 Sylvester Stallone vehicle, and it does so by doubling down on ...
Michael Haneke’s Harrowing 'Amour' Traces the End of a Storybook Romance
Published 02/13/2013 at 10:24 a.m.
Beaming brides and welling grooms say them thousands of times every day, and mean them, but they are heavy words indeed: “Till death do us part.”
'Detropia' and 'Five Broken Cameras' Offer Intimate Portraits of Communities in Decline and Conflict
Published 01/30/2013 at 11:50 a.m.
There are more than 100,000 homes standing vacant in the city of Detroit, many of them fallen into what can only be characterized as ruin. Combined with equally vast tracts of crumbling industrial infrastructure, these acres of shambles have come ...