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Bill Gunn's 'Personal Problems' and a History of the Video Revolution

None The '60s and '70s signal watershed decades for the growth of alternative media in the West. The emergence of offset printing during the '60s allowed hundreds, if not thousands, of publications to bloom since it only required a typewriter, some glue, a few volunteers, and a vision. Pirate radio stations also proliferated across the United States, Europe, and Latin America during this time. Perhaps nothing captured the excitement and utopian possibilities of the youth revolt like the video ...
Tags: Feature, Music, Hollywood, Drama, California, New York City, US, America, Canada, United States, Charles, Stephen, Latin America, Ucla, Yale University, Hess

Choice: An Interview with 'Monsters and Men' Director Reinaldo Marcus Green

None Reinaldo Marcus Green's Monsters and Men (2018) is a triptych narrative centred around the police shooting of Darius Larson (Samuel Edwards), which Manny (Anthony Ramos) witnesses and captures on his phone. Creating a ripple-effect, African-American police officer Dennis (John David Washington) wrestles with his conscience over whether to stand up to detectives involved in the shooting, while talented local high school baseball prospect Zyrick (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) risks his future as he j...
Tags: Feature, Music, Drama, New York City, America, Green, Chelsea, Police Violence, Staten Island, Yankees, Eric Garner, Dennis, Mets, Gus Van Sant, Manny, Deli

Disclosure, Dasein, and the Divine in Terrence Malick's 'The Tree of Life'

None The tree of life is a common metaphor for the interconnectedness of all beings. While this metaphor is a familiar framework for ecological thinking—all regions, systems, and species are interwoven and inseparable—the tree of life is also a provocative paradigm for thinking about creativity. The Tree of Life is also both the name of Terrence Malick's 2011 masterpiece and an apt descriptor for his creative process, as evident by The Criterion Collection's 2018 release. The Criterion's rel...
Tags: Feature, Music, Jessica Chastain, Hollywood, Texas, Drama, Germany, Fantasy, US, America, Earth, Mit, Harvard, Roger Ebert, Oxford, Brad Pitt

Our Private Prisons: Interview with 'Still' Director, Takashi Doscher

None "I was very much wrestling with the question of time and our modern or not so modern definitions of relationships, love and monogamy, and even sexuality a bit" explains director Takashi Doscher of his narrative feature debut Still (2018). When hiker Lily (Madeline Brewer) loses her way on the Appalachian Trail, she stumbles onto an isolated farm and encounters a seemingly odd couple. While Ella (Lydia Wilson) is happy to take her in, Adam (Nick Blood) is initially less hospitable, and as ...
Tags: Feature, Music, Drama, Interview, Fantasy, Mystery, The Orchard, Lily, Terence Davies, Adam, Davies, Ella, Madeline, Appalachian Trail, John Andrew, Christoph Behl

Director Max Martini on 'SGT. Will Gardner'

None SGT. Will Gardner (2019) is Max Martini's second film as writer-director, a two decade long pause following 1999's Desert Son. Martini, who has appeared in front of the camera across film and television since the '80s, plays here the title character also known as Ghost, an Iraq war veteran suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury. Setting out on a road trip, he sets his hopes on reconnecting with his young son and former wife. On his journey, he continues to be haunted by flashbacks to the wa...
Tags: Feature, Music, Drama, Interview, Adventure, Iraq, America, War, Rome, Action, Dermot Mulroney, Ptsd, Cinedigm, John Ford, Martini, Veterans Administration

Polite Movies? Not Interested: Karyn Kusama, Phil Hay, and Matt Manfredi on 'Destroyer'

None In one of the most uncharacteristic, gritty performances of her career, Nicole Kidman plays Erin Bell, a grizzled, self-destructive, veteran LAPD officer whose sordid past is revealed piece by tantalizing piece in Karyn Kusama's brutal, uncompromising cop drama, Destroyer (reviewed here on PopMatters). Co-writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi craft a slow-burn story that jumps around and jumbles Bell's timeline, following the emotional flow of her journey rather than its chronology. It's a st...
Tags: Feature, Music, Crime, Drama, Interview, Toronto, Los Angeles, Action, Nicole Kidman, Lapd, Tatiana Maslany, Bell, Telluride, Erin, Phil, Nicole

'Captain America: The First Avenger' Stands Out in a Glut of Comic Book Films

None Discussions of the mythical "superhero fatigue" were in full swing in the summer of 2011, and the concept has been raised every time a superhero film is considered a critical or commercial disappointment. The basis of superhero fatigue is the idea that audiences will grow tired of the neverending glut of big-budget comic book films, and will stop seeing them en masse. It's quaint to think of film bloggers in 2011 foretelling the imminent implosion of the genre when, seven years later, mega...
Tags: Europe, Feature, Music, New York, Washington, Nazis, New York City, Marvel, Disney, America, Barack Obama, Iron Man, Brooklyn, United States, Italy, Arctic

Wild Women, Forty Pricks, and Western Noir

None Film critic Manny Farber, in typical inimitable style, summarized much of Samuel Fuller's film oeuvre through simultaneous praise and critique in the following observation: "What's good about his films is lovable; the daring, uninhibited use of semidocumentary techniques that save the movie from Fuller's mind, an unthinking morass at best" (Negative Space: Manny Farber on the Movies (New York: De Capo Press, 1998, 132). Put slightly more generously, Fuller's film style often trumps the plo...
Tags: Feature, Music, New York, Hollywood, Romance, California, Western, Wes, West, Brooklyn, Smith, Criterion, Lily, Brock, Jessica, Drummond

Through the Looking-Glass of Black Mirror's 'Bandersnatch'

None Spoilers ahead. In 1983 I played an arcade game called Dragon's Lair. In what was already a video-game cliché, a knight named Dirk the Daring attempted to rescue Princess Daphne. But the selling point was not the story—it was that it looked like a cartoon. Meanwhile, on my Atari back at home, the similarly-themed Adventure featured a protagonist who was literally just a dot. After losing a week's worth of quarters within a minute, though, I realized that Dragon's Lair was not really a game...
Tags: Google, Feature, Books, Music, Video Games, Drama, Film, Sci-fi, Netflix, George Orwell, New York Times, Dragon, Mystery, Philip K Dick, Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker

Black Humour's Tender Touch: An Interview with 'Mug' Director Małgorzata Szumowska

None Małgorzata Szumowska's Mug (Twarz, 2018) tells the story of construction worker Jacek (Mateusz Kościukiewicz), whose three loves are heavy metal, his girlfriend and his dog. Following a disfiguring accident on a construction project to build what will be the tallest statue of Jesus anywhere in the world, he undergoes the first facial transplant in Poland. Mug was the recipient of the Silver Bear Jury Grand Prix at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival, shadowing the success of Szumow...
Tags: Feature, Music, Drama, Interview, Italy, Poland, Jesus, Alex Ramon, Mug, Jacek, Polish Film Institute, Film feature, Twarz, Polish film, Małgorzata szumowska, Mateusz kosciukiewicz

The Allure of 'Mountain': An Interview with Artistic Director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti

None Mountain (2017) is a musical collaboration between the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) and filmmaker Jennifer Peedom. Exploring the alluring force mountains hold over the imagination of humankind, Willem Dafoe narrates the words written by Peedom and British writer Robert Macfarlane. The ACO and their Artistic Director, Richard Tognetti, appeared at The Barbican, London in October of this year for a live performance of Mountain, ahead of their scheduled return to the venue in 2019 and ...
Tags: Feature, Music, London, Interview, Documentary, Sports, Mountain, Canada, Banff, Picasso, Bernard Herrmann, Mountain Climbing, Pierre Boulez, Werner Herzog, Jen, Jennifer

The Unhappiest Two: The Impossible Demand in Ingmar Bergman's 'Scenes from a Marriage'

None What is it to properly think the relation with the beloved? When asked about our love relationships, we often resort to a description of effects and affects. "S/he makes me feel joy/ anxiety/ bliss/ despair." "I'm happy in his/her presence." "I'm lost without my love." "I'm better off without him/her." This is not thinking the relationship. This is thought trapped in concern with the self. But what if proper care of the self is predicated upon the care for the beloved, for the one that is ...
Tags: Feature, Music, London, Marriage, Drama, Groucho Marx, Philosophy, Princeton University Press, Christ, Annie Hall, Corinthians, PAUL, Abraham, Hegel, Marianne, Pauline

How Marvel's 'X-men: First Class' Classed Up the X-men Films

None As I discussed in my previous article on The Incredible Hulk (Letterier, 2008), the first mentions of "superhero fatigue" began to pop up in 2008. By 2011, that term had fully entered the lexicon. Each time a comic book film was underwhelming, or underperformed at the box office, a hundred articles declared that this could mean the end of the superhero film craze. This practice continues today, seven yeas later, and not one of them has been correct so far. Throughout 2011 there was no sh...
Tags: Feature, Music, Florida, Hollywood, Jennifer Lawrence, Nazis, Marvel, US, America, Turkey, Fox, United States, Hugh Jackman, Switzerland, James Bond, Argentina

'Sex, Lies, and Videotape' Originated the Soderbergh Enigma

None Steven Soderbergh's work has been in our lives for 29 years via 28 feature films. That's a mountain of artistic evidence, enough to figure out most directors' favorite motifs, crutches and passions three times over. Yet maybe it's because of Soderbergh's prolific work rate that he remains difficult to decipher. You'd be hard pressed to name another contemporary director whose films can be as routinely dissimilar as Che, Solaris and The Informant!. Or look at it this way: the artist who wou...
Tags: Feature, Music, Drama, Los Angeles, Ocean, Steven Soderbergh, Graham, Warner Bros, ANN, Criterion, James Spader, Bellagio, Peter, Unsane, Baton Rouge, Erin Brockovich

Disobedience Is Essential: Interview with Filmmaker Sebastián Lelio

None Disobedience (2017) tells the story of Ronit (Rachel Weisz), a photographer living and working in Manhattan who returns to her Orthodox Jewish community following the death of her father, the spiritual leader of the community. Ronit, who has been living in exile, is surprised to learn her two childhood friends, Esti (Rachel McAdams) and Dovid (Alessandro Nivola) are now married. Complicating matters are her former close friendship with Dovid, her father's closest disciple, and the old forb...
Tags: Feature, Music, UK, Romance, Drama, Interview, Religion, Judaism, Homosexuality, Manhattan, Rachel Mcadams, Rachel Weisz, Alessandro Nivola, Orlando, Naomi Alderman, Orthodoxy

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