Rodney Ascher
Features // 2 Articles
Reviews // 2 Articles
Blogs // 3 Articles
//Features

The Best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2013
18 Dec 2013 // 9:14 PM

As home video spins off into various immediate options -- streaming, simultaneous theatrical and digital release -- there are still many gems to uncover in the increasingly obsolete format.

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

With or Without 'The Shining', There's Less to 'Room 237' Than Meets the Eye
16 Oct 2013 // 9:10 PM

The audience serves as a sounding board for every batshit crazy idea ever thought by anyone who ever thought them.

'Room 237': Kubrick, History, and Lots of Meanings
3 Apr 2013 // 12:00 AM

While this documentary is, on its face, about fans' devotion to Kubrick's Shining and his mode of working, it's also about fandom and investment, as well as about how meaning is gleaned and conjured.

//Blogs

'Room 237' and The History of Cinematic Representations of Cinephilia
4 Sep 2014 // 4:00 AM

Room 237 is one of the only films that respects and even admires cinephilia and its various forms.

My Own Private 'Room 237'
9 Oct 2013 // 6:45 AM

In the spirit of Rodney Ascher's recent documentary, here are two films that I find differing meanings in vs. the rest of the mainstream moviegoing public.

//Mixed media
//Blogs

A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

// Notes from the Road

"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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