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Filmmaker Diane Paragas on 'Yellow Rose' and the Heartbreak Behind Anti-Immigration Policies

Director Diane Paragas asks her audience to not bring their politics into her film, Yellow Rose, but to just let it be, as she hopes to show the heartbreak of broken families lost within the politicisation of immigration issues.

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Beauty and Horror in George C. Wolfe's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

The characters in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, distinct as they are, besiege the viewer's mind as metaphors, mythic exemplars of a disturbing legacy America seems unable or unwilling to address.


Farnoosh Samadi's Impressive Debut, '180 Degree Rule', Leaves a Lasting Mark

Farnoosh Samadi's 180 Degree Rule brutally explores our tendency to condemn instead of to embrace one another with compassion and understanding.


Love, 'Moonstruck' Tells Us, Is the Triumph of Illogic

Under Norman Jewison's direction and John Patrick Shanley's writing, Moonstruck -- now available from Criterion -- fully embodies the '80s special character of classically-minded, well-made romantic films.


Frank Zappa Documentary Unveils the Man Behind the Mythos

He may be known for going on some excellent adventures as one half of Bill & Ted, but Alex Winter is now several documentaries into his career. After years of sorting through rare archive footage, he's telling a story of Frank Zappa few thought possible.


'The Other Side of Madness' Is the Most Obscure Charles Manson Film

If truth is stranger than fiction then the truth about some films, such as the Charles Manson film The Other Side of Madness, feels as strange as reality ever gets.


We Need a Reality Check on Unreal Christmas Rom-Coms

It's time Christmas rom-coms move beyond the twin swaps, the dead spouse who comes back as an angel, the bad blind date, etc., and instead, turn to real-life stories for healthy models of lasting love forged in the fires of the holiday.


The Mystery of History in Jia Zhangke's 'I Wish I Knew'

In Jia Zhangke's documentary, I Wish I Knew, many discuss the pivotal year of 1949, the year the Chinese Communist Party officially took over China, reaching Shanghai. It was also the year my mother, putting a finger in the wind, left China with my sister.


Viggo Mortensen's 'Falling' Binds Art and Life

Viggo Mortensen's first directorial feature, Falling -- a mix of hope and existentialist despair -- is rooted in the story of his family.


Cerebral 'Mank' Is a Gabby and Stylized Origin Story for 'Citizen Kane'

While this roustabout story about Herman Mankiewicz's battle to write the Orson Welles classic is clearly impressed with itself, Mank is easily David Fincher's best work since Zodiac.


Giddy and Buzzy 'The Prom' Compresses 'Glee' into a Single Film

Ryan Murphy's Netflix adaptation of the satirical musical about Broadway stars inserting themselves into a same-sex school dance controversy, The Prom, hits his sweet spots and his weaknesses.


Exploring the Sci-fi Worlds of Ishirō Honda in 3 Films

The devastating power of the atomic bomb casts a long shadow over Ishiro Honda's The H-Man, Battle in Outer Space, and Mothra, now available on Blu-ray from Eureka Entertainment.


Bong Joon-ho's 'Parasite' and the Geometry of Suffering

The problem Joon-ho presents in Parasite is geometrical. Is this the only shape of society we can imagine as workable, as livable? Is this livable?


The Risky and Limited Life of Burt Reynolds' Macho 'Hooper'

Burt Reynolds' Sonny Hooper is a carefree and lovable guy whose reckless stunt pro lifestyle symbolizes the self-troubles and limitations toxic masculinity creates.


Silent Classic 'The City Without Jews' Wavers Between Satire and Grim Prophecy

It's the privilege of satire to apply one's opponents' "logic" towards a reductio ad absurdum, as we see in The City without Jews.


Director Sean Durkin on the Dark Corners in Our Minds and in 'The Nest'

In his melodrama The Nest, director Sean Durkin considers how we latch onto and accept cycles and routine, which offer only a superficial security from truth, shame and guilt.


The Best Classic Films on Blu-ray in 2020

Many formats have come and gone and streaming competes, to a degree, but these best classic films offered on Blu-ray in 2020 prove irresistible.


Eraserhead's Stylistic Tics Leave Traces of Infection

David Lynch's impossibly mundane and unspeakably grotesque Eraserhead turns a looking glass upon an entire constellation of avant-garde signifiers.


Forest Whitaker Film 'Ghost Dog' Is a Sampler's Paradise

Jarmusch's 1999 classic Ghost Dog, now in a Criterion edition, freely mixes and matches Bushido philosophy, Mafia and samurai flicks, Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, and lo-fi hip-hop into a sly and dreamy comedy about role-playing.


Robert Altman's Quirky 'Popeye' Boasts a Can Full of Geniuses

Robert Altman's busy, mobile style perfectly captures and mirrors E.C. Segar's rowdy, rambunctious Popeye comic.


Shirley Jackson's Story on Film Is But a Flickering Shadow

In Josephine Decker's biographical film, Shirley, Shirley Jackson is only partially seen as the darkness conveyed obscures the light.

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