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Monday, August 1 2011

The 100 Essential Directors Part 1: Chantal Akerman - Bernardo Bertolucci

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...


Tuesday, January 11 2011

The Best Films of 2010

Among this year's winners include a fake documentary, a comedy about Jihad, a vampire story NOT dealing with tacky tween romance, a haunting hillbilly noir, and an elegant tale about clones. Not necessarily the usual cinematic suspects.


Tuesday, January 4 2011

The Best Male Film Performances of 2010

Heroes and villains, criminals and crazed creative types: the 20 best male performances of 2010 definitely run the dramatic/comedic character topography... with a few unusual turns tossed in for good measure.


Thursday, January 7 2010

The Best Independent / International Films of 2009

Looking for something far off the well-beaten mainstream path? Well, step on over to some savory world and outsider independent cinema. It's here where the risks, the experimentation, and the true art lives.


Thursday, May 14 2009

Summer Hours: An Interview with Olivier Assayas

Assayas’ newest film Summer Hours, and in fact his entire oeuvre, is consistently magnanimous, in representing a universe of real women and colorful female characters of all ages, races, and socio-economic backgrounds.


Reviews

Tuesday, June 4 2013

A Burning Match Is Set to Art and Anarchy in 'Something in the Air'

Revolution is less of an action with a direct purpose than a way of life in Olivier Assayas’ heady, conflicted ode to the anarchic spirit of May 1968.


Thursday, November 18 2010

The Myth of 'Carlos'

After a literally explosive opening, Carlos turns into a rush of international plotting, revolutionary speechifying, and guerrilla war-making.


Monday, May 10 2010

A Beautiful Combination of Intellectual Subject Matter and a Genuinely Enjoyable Story

Olivier Assayas' Summer Hours starring the always-dazzling Juliette Binoche is rich and lush. Reminiscent, indeed, of the poignant passing of long sweet summer days.


Sunday, November 5 2006

Clean (2004)

Clean is a vividly antiseptic portrayal of pain.


Wednesday, April 24 2002

Les Destinées (2000)

As its title suggests, the pall of inevitability hangs over Les Destinées.


Blogs

Thursday, August 4 2011

100 Essential Directors - Olivier Assayas

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.


News

Sunday, May 23 2010

'Carlos' gives long chase at Cannes

CANNES, France — There are long movies. There are massively long movies. And then there is "Carlos." A dramatized story of the rise and fall of


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