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Review: Pictures of the Old World

Filmed in 1972 but not released until 1988 due to censorship by the communist Czechoslovakian government, this documentary by filmmaker Dusan Hanak qualifies as the Slovakian cognate of Griel Marcus’s description of Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes as a window into … Continue reading

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Review: Mad God

Sometimes the back story of a movie is more interesting than the movie itself. Phil Tippett is a legendary special effects maven who has worked on some of Hollywood’s most prestigious and popular sci-fi and fantasy films, including Robocop and … Continue reading

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Review: Black Adam

What’s most compelling, if not downright shocking, about Jaume Collet-Serra’s attempt to inject some much needed thematic mojo into the so-called DC Extended Universe is that while the origin story of a character that was mostly relegated to either villain … Continue reading

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Review: Happening

The Japan distributors of Audrey Diwan’s 2021 Venice Golden Lion winner are probably patting themselves on the back for having waited so long to release Happening in Japan, since Annie Ernaux, the author of the novel on which it’s based, … Continue reading

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Review: The Electrical Life of Louis Wain

History mainly views Louis Wain as the Englishman who made the world safe for cat pictures. He didn’t photograph them. He drew them, initially with great verisimilitude and then in a more whimsical, anthropomorphic style, but when his feline illustrations … Continue reading

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Review: Shades of the Heart

Kim Jong-kwan’s 2020 Korean adaptation of Josee, the Tiger and the Fish, titled simply Josee, was a minor hit in Japan, owing most likely to its source material, Seiko Tanabe’s 1984 short story, which has been adapted in Japan for … Continue reading

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Review: The Green Knight

Given the way he has decided to adapt the epic 14th century poem “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” for the screen, director David Lowery might seem to be putting himself out there to helm an MCU or DC comics … Continue reading

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Review: Sister

Not even 20 years ago, most prominent films from China, whether officially approved or not, could expect a release in Japan, but not any more. It has less to do with content or even popularity than with lack of local … Continue reading

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Review: Silent Night

This apocalpytic satire, the debut feature of Camille Griffin, seems stuck somewhere between existential melodrama and biting social commentary, mainly because the unidentified crisis that determines the actions on screen isn’t explicated enough to make the viewer really care. As … Continue reading

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Review: Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris

Had Anthony Fabian’s comedy been produced when its source material was published in 1958 it would probably be cited today as an earnest, heartwarming example of postwar British cinema. It might even have been considered a classic. But it’s hard … Continue reading

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