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Tuesday, May 5 2009

Who Needs an Oscar Anyway?: Mickey Rourke’s Homeboy

Dismissed as too depressing in 1988, Mickey Rourke's self-penned turn in Homeboy brings an aura of sorrow more nuanced and poetic than that of his celebrated performance in The Wrestler.


Tuesday, April 21 2009

Dirty Harry: Nothing Wrong with Shooting the Right People

The year Dirty Harry was released (1971) saw several demonstrations of angry cops questioning why criminals had very solid constitutional protections that often interfered with law enforcement work.


Wednesday, April 15 2009

M Squad: Clench-jawed and World-weary

Lee Marvin almost floats through his space, bending his graying hatchet-head forward on his tall lanky body, his loose limbs on the point of uncoiling into savagery when some mug pulls a rod or throws a punch. He's a dangerous gentleman.


Tuesday, April 7 2009

To Kill the Sunflower: An Interview with Cory McAbee

Space is a lonely town, but there's only room for one song-and-dance sheriff in these parts, and his name is Cory McAbee, writer and director of the new space-western musical Stingray Sam.


Thursday, April 2 2009

The Aesthetics of Absorption: Truffaut’s ‘The 400 Blows’

In Truffaut, the camera works not to keep the viewer out of the constructed reality of the film but rather to draw the viewer into the artifice, to make the viewer complicit in its feigned reality


Thursday, March 19 2009

An Auteur’s Touch of Evil

The auteur is dead, long live the auteur: Orson Welles and Touch of Evil, 50 years on.


Wednesday, March 11 2009

The Secret Policeman’s Balls

The seemingly smutty and initially baffling title is the collective moniker for a series of Amnesty International benefit concerts, held in London.


Monday, March 2 2009

John Cassavetes’ Faces: The Authenticity of Discomfort

The camera always gets too close in Cassavetes’ films. These aren’t close-ups; they are invasions of private space.


Tuesday, February 3 2009

Rossellini and the Filter of Neo-Realism

These films flaunt their artifice and yet there are moments when something else emerges -- some rarefied emotion that we connect to reality.


Sunday, February 1 2009

The New Golden Age of British TV Comedy

Every once in awhile, Britain rules over America. The Office, Spaced, Coupling and other British shows are gradually narrowing the Atlantic-sized gap between the United States and England.


Monday, January 12 2009

Off the Radar - The Top 30 DVDs of 2008

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, January 11 2009

Back to Basics - The 30 Best TV Shows of 2008

The Year in TV was a lot like the US economy: struggling until summer and then tanking under the hope of a 2009 comeback. Still, our staff found 30 solid reasons to be cheerful come entertainment investment time.


Thursday, December 4 2008

Rambo: In All His Glory

Rambo is constantly portrayed as judge, jury, and executioner in the national and international spheres.


Monday, November 24 2008

The ‘Murderous’ Art of George Baselitz

For Baselitz, the true artist is the eternal outsider. While he leads a good bourgeois family life, at his art he becomes a murderer, a man on the fringes of good society, a destroyer.


Wednesday, November 12 2008

Unchartered Territory: The Making of an Icon in The James Stewart Western Collection

As he headed westward in his films, a new, darker Jimmy Stewart helped redefine a genre.


Tuesday, November 11 2008

The Signal and the Violence of American Identity Politics

The oppressor in The Signal is an underlying, parental figure in absentia. It is industrial civilization as pathology, inextricably and somehow willfully divorced from reality.


Monday, November 10 2008

“To Be Happy in Your Own Life is All You Can Do”: An Interview with Wayne Coyne

It laboured for years in production, all while its lead actor was at the height of his drug addiction and the press grew wary of its many delays. Finally, the Flaming Lips' full-length film Christmas on Mars is seeing the light of day, and Wayne Coyne couldn't be happier to talk about it.


Wednesday, October 15 2008

Cinema Qua Non - Indispensable DVDs: Part 3

Day Three - The final ten, a cross-culture collection teeming with big ideas, larger than life visions, and perhaps the greatest documentary on rugby you've probably never heard of.


Tuesday, October 14 2008

Bruce Nauman and The Art of Thinking

In Bruce Nauman's art no complacency is allowed to reside. The complacent can only flee.


Monday, October 13 2008

Cinema Qua Non - Indispensable DVDs: Part 2

Day Two - A demanding Decalogue overflowing with everything: from fascinating international fare, misbegotten masterworks, some out of the blue bafflers, and that seminal show about “nothing”.


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