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In Defense of Kelly Reichardt's Directorial Touch

Kelly Reichardt has established herself as a singular and essential voice in modern cinema by being a master of the miniature, a maestro of The Moment.

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A Paean to the Pictures: 'The Story of Film: An Odyssey'

'The Story of Film' is the best film-studies class you never had.

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Piercing the Shell of Portland's Hype

As America’s pop culture boomtown, Portland may be held hostage to its own ever-expanding clichés. Or not.

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The 100 Essential Directors Part 9: Victor Sjöström to Luchino Visconti

Today we present a glorious spate of international auteurs that range from cinematic innovators from the silent era to those who continue to push the limits of film in their contemporary work.

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Milk

Milk urges optimism and action, even as it also recalls the loss of its charismatic subject.

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Paranoid Park

Van Sant’s narrative prowess will never be favorably compared to that of Wilder, Ford, or Tarantino. His bailiwick is character, particularly those characters who exist on the fringes: users, hustlers, hitchhikers.

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Paranoid Park (TIFF 2007)

Gus Van Sant is concerned with portraying the developing moral compass of a jaded youth with a heartfelt sincerity and a steady hand.

Matt Mazur
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Paranoid Park

The movie realizes Alex's desperate, poetic subjectivity in layers. His halting voiceover is perfectly unmatched with the uneven editing and skips back and forth in time.

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Mala Noche

Mala Noche's original trailer boasts that it is a story of power, sex, money, and death. They weren’t kidding.

Meremu C.
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Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema (2006)

Fabulous! might have been more accurately titled, "Assimilate! The Mainstream Commercial Success of Gay and Lesbian Cinema."

Todd R. Ramlow
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Last Days (2004)

A mediation on sadness, desire, lack of direction... and yes, Kurt Cobain, Last Days seems almost to stretch out its minutes.

Cynthia Fuchs
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My Own Private Idaho: Criterion Collection (1991)

Mike and Scott live a strangely lyrical credence. Simultaneously inviting and resisting interpretation, they move on.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Elephant (2003)

While the kids make dates and plans, you know, moment by moment, that catastrophe is imminent.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Gerry (2002)

By turns daunting and absorbing, the film is about movement that seems hopeless, that takes you nowhere, that's increasingly slowed but also increasingly urgent.

Cynthia Fuchs

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