Spending Time with 'Les Blank: Always for Pleasure' | 4 Mar 2015 // 8:20 PM

Les Blank's intimate documentaries are staged when time slows and music, food, and community come together.

The Best DVDs of 2011 | 8 Jan 2012 // 3:00 PM

With the continuing rise of Blu-ray, this year sees a lot of repeat entries. Just because they're here again, however, doesn't mean they're any less special.


'The Mack Sennett Collection, Volume One' Attests to Risk-Taking in Creativity and Innovation | 19 Oct 2014 // 8:30 PM

This collection of films is significant in illustrating the development of Mack Sennett's contributions to early film comedy and the lasting effects of Sennett and his troupe.

'Cinema' --That's Italian for Cinema | 4 Apr 2011 // 4:00 PM

New DVD provider RaroVideo USA is coming out of the gate with two lavish Criterion-worthy releases: The Clowns and the Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection. One is nominally "arty" and the other "lowdown", but the lines deserve to be blurred.


Mean Streets Meet Clean Streets: 'Bill Elliott Detective Mysteries' | 20 Apr 2014 // 8:10 PM

Despite tough breaks, happy endings prevail thanks to the intelligence and professionalism of law enforcement.


Altered States of Cinema, or Movies to Hallucinate By | 20 Oct 2015 // 1:58 AM

The short films collected in Masterworks of American Avant-Garde Experimental Film 1920-1970 offer something to confuse, astound, bore, and dazzle any viewer.

Color Snapshots: Agnès Varda in California | 1 Oct 2015 // 5:00 AM

Six hard-to-find films are now available in brightly colored restorations.

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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