Benh Zeitlin
Features // 3 Articles
Reviews // 2 Articles
//Features

The Best Films of 2012
27 Jan 2013 // 5:10 PM

From popcorn perfection to animation experimentation, foreign finesse and good old Hollywood hokum, 2012 delivered the shiny cinematic goods and then some. Here are our choices for the titles that took on the challenge, and won.

The Best Independent / International Films of 2012
21 Jan 2013 // 5:10 PM

When you think outside the box, it's amazing how novel and inventive your thoughts become. Same applies in film. These examples of beyond the mainstream moviemaking shine as creative and experimental entertainments.

//Reviews

'Beasts of the Southern Wild': Surviving Storms
27 Jun 2012 // 12:02 AM

As Beasts of the Southern wild creates effects for what Hushpuppy sees, as it insists on explaining so much, it's increasingly burdened, less allusive than literal.

Cannes 2012: 'Paradies: Liebe' + 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'
20 May 2012 // 11:26 PM

Several films at Cannes this year employ local nonprofessional actors in their casts, to effects that range from vaguely disappointing to magical.

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Culture Belongs to the Alien in 'Spirits of Xanadu'

// Moving Pixels

"The symbols that the artifact in Spirits of Xanadu uses are esoteric -- at least for the average Western gamer. It is Chinese culture reflected back at us through the lens of alien understanding.

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