Sunday, January 22 2012
2011 was a year of good, not necessarily great, films, though the amazing choices by our staff might argue against such a overall cinematic classification.
Thursday, January 12 2012
The year's best independent and international films are highlighted by a duo from iconic director Werner Herzog, a staggeringly brilliant frontier-western and a score of top-notch documentaries that illustrate how filmmaking continues to reach new highs.
Thursday, August 11 2011
On our fourth day, this journey through the 100 Essential Film Directors continues to twist and turn in unexpected ways. From bold, opinionated Hollywood voices to those who essentially created the language of cinema, today will shed light on kings of genre like Samuel Fuller, through lions like the legendary John Huston.
Monday, January 31 2011
In our second half of 2010's overlooked offerings, we champion West Virginia 'white' trash, a mafia musical, the goriest (and goofiest) spring break ever, a trip to a town called Panic, and one unfairly dismissed, should have been an Oscar nominee mainstream hit from Ben Affleck.
Thursday, January 7 2010
In one of the rarest rating periods ever, several on the staff could successfully argue for any of the Top 30 choices as a potential number one. While not all classics, they remain the consistent cream of 2009's crop.
Tuesday, October 14 2014
For Werner Herzog, man’s tug-of-war with nature is not a present imbalance but a lost cause, the barbarous beauty of nature made mere barbarism by humankind.
Wednesday, April 25 2012
The best theme I can guess for Into Abyss would be something like, “Werner Herzog loves life, hates death, and really, really, likes making movies.”
Friday, March 9 2012
On Death Row shows how violence -- however chaotic or planned -- is a function of systems and cycles, not only individual pathologies.
Tuesday, December 6 2011
Werner Herzog finds a way to speculate on spiritual matters and remain genuine while making theoretical leaps.
Friday, November 11 2011
This is the abyss the film shows, the frightening arbitrariness of the death penalty. People are born into poverty and violence by chance, and their fates -- as crime victims or victims of the state -- are also functions of chance.
Friday, April 29 2011
Cave of Forgotten Dreams not only records the exquisite Chauvet paintings with the additional depth enabled by stereoscopy, but also proves how well 3-D suits the intimacy of documentary, and by implication, smaller dramatic films.
Friday, October 5 2012
The Killers take direction from Werner Herzog in their Amex UNSTAGED performance bringing Battle Born to the Bronx.
Tuesday, September 18 2012
Legendary director Werner Herzog, known for classics like Aguirre, the Wrath of God, Fitzcarraldo and recently Into the Abyss, is taking his talents into a
Friday, September 16 2011
In his documentaries especially, Herzog throws the supposed regulations out completely, ditching any pretense toward objectivity or “documentation” for a decidedly first-person perspective
Tuesday, January 11 2011
The wildly eclectic Bavarian, my personal favorite of all film directors, Werner Herzog will be releasing a new documentary in 2011. It is called Caves of
Sunday, October 3 2010
Undeniably quirky, but also very effective from a straight dramatic standpoint, My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done? argues for Herzog's continued viability as one of the great filmmakers of the post-modern age.
Monday, November 21 2011
LOS ANGELES — For years I’ve labored under the misapprehension that Werner Herzog was simply what we in the film trade would call an auteur —
Wednesday, June 25 2008
The new documentary from the eccentric German director Werner Herzog, "Encounters at the End of the World," is not your typical nature film. Invited by