A note about the following essay, from the author. Wisconsin Death Trip is a 1999 film directed by James Marsh, an oddball, morbid documentary inspired by a 1973 nonfiction book of the same title. The film is structured as a chain of anecdotes and vignettes about life in small-town Wisconsin in the late 1800′s. This . . . → Read More: THE POISONOUS IMAGE IN WISCONSIN DEATH TRIP (1999)
Guest essay by Jesse Miksic. Warning: this analysis contains spoilers for Return to Oz (1985).
The Three Fetishes: Transformation and Ethical Engagement in Walter Murch’s Return to Oz (1985)
There is a vast mythology out there, deeper and wider than Middle Earth or Hogwarts, and yet more intimate, more rooted in the flights of fancy . . . → Read More: THE THREE FETISHES: TRANSFORMATION AND ETHICAL ENGAGEMENT IN WALTER MURCH’S RETURN TO OZ (1985)
DIRECTED BY: Abbas Kiarostami
FEATURING: Juliette Binoche, William Shimell
PLOT: A French antiques dealer and an English author spend a day together in rural Tuscany, discussing (and often fighting about) art, philosophy, and family. As the hours pass it becomes apparent that these supposed strangers . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: CERTIFIED COPY (2010)
James Mannan is an actor, director, producer, and the owner of Liberty or Death productions. He has directed several short horror films along with the feature To Haunt You, produced W the Movie, and previously provided us with a top 10 weird movies list.
Although I watch a lot of films, for various reasons I’m not . . . → Read More: GUEST REVIEW: DARK SHADOWS (2012)
Eugene Vasiliev is a Doctor of Philosophy and a member of the Russian Guild of Film Critics. This detailed analysis of Andrei Zvyagintsev’s The Banishment was originally published (in Russian) at Ruskino. The Banishment, Andrei Zvyagintsev’s second feature-length motion picture after triumphing in Venice with The Return (2003), was received coldly by the audience. . . . → Read More: PROFESSOR GIBBERN’S PREPARATION: ANDREI ZVYAGINTSEV’S THE BANISHMENT (2007)
DIRECTED BY: Michael Goldbach
FEATURING: Kat Dennings, Reece Thompson, Josh Lucas, Andie MacDowell, Ted Whittall
PLOT: A teenage girl and her dad move to a small town populated with drug-addled
teenagers and a mysterious serial killer. Feeling alienated and struggling to make friends, she sees a fellow intellectual outcast in her . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: DAYDREAM NATION (2010)
Guest review by Scott Sentinella, a freelance writer whose work has appeared in “The Carson News”, “The Gardena Valley News”, “Animato”, “Videomania Newspaper”, “Cashiers du Cinemart”, Dugpa.com and ALivingDog.com.
DIRECTOR: Norman Z. McLeod
FEATURING: Charlotte Henry, Gary Cooper, W.C. Fields, Cary Grant, Mae Marsh, Billy Barty, Alison Skipworth, Charlie Ruggles, Edward Everett Horton, Sterling Holloway, . . . → Read More: GUEST REVIEW: ALICE IN WONDERLAND (1933)
This review was originally published at The Cinematheque in a slightly different form.
Brought to opulent (some might say pretentious) life by Belgian directors Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani, Amer is an homage to the Italian giallo horror films of the 1960s and ’70s, and more specifically the works of the genre’s most notable denizen, . . . → Read More: GUEST REVIEW: AMER (2009)
Guest review by Kevyn Knox of The Cinematheque.
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, by the Thai auteur Apichatpong Weerasethakul (now there are a couple of mouthfuls-and-a-half) is certainly not a film (or filmmaker) for everyone, but if you happen to be one of the lucky ones who can appreciate this dissident director’s . . . → Read More: GUEST REVIEW: UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES (2010)
This review originally appeared in a slightly different form at The Cinematheque.
Surprisingly resonant, this little film from the wilds of Estonia is a sharply focused take on the classic tale of St. Anthony, recalling the work of such past auteurs as Tarkovsky, Buñuel, Bresson and Renoir. The Temptation of St. Tony, directed by Veiko . . . → Read More: GUEST REVIEW: THE TEMPTATION OF ST. TONY [Püha Tõnu kiusamine] (2009)