Monday, August 1 2011
Neurotic New Yorkers, Queer Mavericks, Swedish close-ups and the art of putting a microphone on every person on set are but a few of the themes explored in PopMatters' first group of ten essential directors, Chantal Akerman through Bernardo Bertolucci. Please note that any perceived omissions were likely on purpose...
Monday, January 12 2009
Oddly enough, while the major studios continue scratching their heads over how to sell yet another new format (Blu-ray) to disinterested consumers, several outside distributors made sure that this would be a digital year to remember.
Sunday, March 15 2009
Maybe it takes a humanist like Bertolucci to see an emperor as an everyman, but anyone who has ever felt humbled by the heartlessness of fate can understand Pu Yi’s plight.
Sunday, July 11 2004
'At the beginning, says Bertolucci,' the characters are a bit unshaped, and day after day, you can see them becoming something new, something that didn't exist before.
Wednesday, February 4 2004
The frustration of The Dreamers lies in its easy lapsing into such unimaginative nostalgia, as if recalling the moment is enough.
Thursday, September 4 2014
Room 237 is one of the only films that respects and even admires cinephilia and its various forms.
Thursday, August 4 2011
100 Essential Directors celebrates directors of distinct vision, who have honed their respective crafts, who have brought something new and exciting to the medium, and who continue to push the boundaries of the form.
Tuesday, March 8 2011
Last Tango in Paris is a perfect example of something's parts being massively greater than its ultimate sum.