More than ever, boiling this concluding year down to the 10 "best" movies feels both arbitrary and reductive. Ideally, I'd have 25 unnumbered slots. I'd cite another five, formally varied nonfiction films: Tchoupitoulas, Detropia, The Ambassador, Only the Young and How to Survive a Plague. And were ... More >>
Part of the renascent body-count action industry, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning mere existence might shock many Americans. "There are four Universal Soldier movies?" those shocked Americans would say. They might also be taken aback by the bracing violence that marks the film from stem to stern ... More >>
Hey, baby. It's been a long week, but it's Friday afternoon. Time to kick off those shoulder pads, slip into the bathtub and pour a glass of cool Champale. What? Don't remember Champale? Why, it's the Champagne of malt liquors, a fizzy concoction that was pitched as the poor man's Champagne. (It's p ... More >>
This post is by Doug Cummings, author of the world cinema blog FilmJourney.org.
Since 1996, the annual City of Lights, City of Angeles film festival has offered a week of North American and world premieres of new French films along with an array of public discussions and events. It's known ... More >>
Talking to David Ehrenstein in today's edition of the Weekly, 60s icon Anna Karina reminisces about her life and work as the wife/muse of French New Wave master Jean-Luc Godard (a restored print of one of their greatest collaborations, Pierrot le Fou, screens next week as part of the City ... More >>
Another New York-only (for now) film retrospective that will, with any luck, eventually make its way West centers around the volatile, Texas-born character actor Rip Torn and, in particular, the rarely screened independent and underground cinematic experiments (including two films directed by Norman ... More >>