Tuesday, March 12 2013
When PC people manufacture controversies such as the uproar over Seth MacFarlane's Oscar humor, they reveal that they are oblivious to how they consistently confirm every unflattering stereotype depicting them as humorless bores.
Sunday, August 21 2011
Pushing boundaries seems to be the thread that ties the directors of our seventh day together. From Japanese innovators to Italian iconclasts and Polish provocateurs, the directors that fall between Kenji Mizoguchi and the man who was perhaps India's greatest visual storyteller, Satyajit Ray, all push the form in incredible, surprising ways.
Monday, July 25 2011
Kawalerowicz's work would set the intellectual tone for post-war acts of filmic subversion and transcendance within Poland's burgeoning industry, essential characteristics that Polish cinema would come to be best known for.
Tuesday, March 29 2011
It's an inspired move -- this tribute to an elder statesman of Polish jazz while managing to keep a unique style intact.
Tuesday, November 17 2009
Despite bringing film noir into the daylight and into color, this is among the darkest of Southern California tales.
Thursday, August 13 2009
This is the culmination of two artists upping their personal antes to produce greatness, two burgeoning legends of cinema testing their seemingly-limitless powers.
Sunday, October 12 2008
Day One - A trip back to the classic days of studio system Hollywood, complete with great musicals, amazing adventure yarns, and a couple of post-modern freak outs, just to keep things controversial and lively.
Friday, July 11 2008
None of the interviewees in Marina Zenovich's fascinating documentary manages to make sense of the famous filmmaker's behavior or apparent thinking. But they all have compelling impressions.
Monday, June 9 2008
In Wanted and Desired, Roman Polanski's liability is framed by that of the police, the judge, and the press especially, the hysteria that twisted the case at every turn.
Monday, May 12 2008
While the horror classics of 1968 may have indeed revitalized the genre, few today are aware of these movies' impact on the canon...if they acknowledge them at all.