James C. Taylor

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  • 6 years ago | Film and TV

    The year 2008 marked the 40th anniversary of High School, Frederick Wiseman’s simple 75-minute documentary about a large public high school in Philadelphia. Hailed at the time as a landmark of the emerging American “direct cinema,&rdqu...

  • 6 years ago | Film and TV

    One can measure the success of Frederick Wiseman’s landmark documentary Hospital by the two Emmys it won, its inclusion in the Library of Congress, or that Pauline Kael wrote a full review of Wiseman’s film in The New Yorker despite th...

  • 7 years ago | Film and TV

    As the American middle class continues to shrink, so too does the American middlebrow film. It’s hard to remember, but there used to be modestly budgeted studio movies about middle-class people who live in the real world of American life. Th...

  • 7 years ago | Film and TV

    With feature films directed by the 2005 and 2006 Oscar winners for Best Live Action Short — Martin McDonough (In Bruges) and Ari Sandel (Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show), respectively — in theaters now, Hollywood execs may pay clo...

  • 8 years ago | Film and TV

    I’d like to blame the recall election and the fervor of the Bush vs. Kerry campaign for the fact that two provocative and artfully made political films from 2003 and 2004 have never before screened in Los Angeles. It seems like new documentar...

  • 9 years ago | Film and TV

    That famous softie Stanley Kubrick once gushed that Krzysztof Kies-lowski’s films “have the very real ability to dramatize their ideas .?.?. with such dazzling skill, you don’t realize until much later how profoundly they have re...