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Adam Nayman

Taipei Stories: LACMA Celebrates "Four Masterpieces by Edward Yang"

There are actually only three masterpieces in this program devoted to the late Taiwanese director Edward Yang, whose death last year at age 59 was a terrible loss for contemporary film culture (even if it didn’t warrant a mention during the Oscars’ annual roll call of departed talent). The odd......
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Borrowed Time and High Hopes at Annual Polish Film Survey

The history of great dog-reaction shots spans from The Thin Man to I Am Legend; Dorota Kedzierzawska’s Time to Die, which screens as part of the ninth annual Los Angeles Polish Film Festival, resets the bar for canine thesping. I’m not being sarcastic. The film is essentially a two-hander between......
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Annual Method Fest turns 10 …

Ed Gass-Donnelly (Click to enlarge) Oh, Canada: This Beautiful City “When we are onstage, we are in the here and now,” said the famed Russian acting coach — and Method-acting innovator — Konstantin Stanislavsky, by way of arguing for acting as an exercise in emotional verisimilitude. If the titles at......

Gordon Pinsent: Away From Her's Unsung Co-star

Julie Christie may well earn a bookend Oscar for her performance as a woman in the grip of Alzheimer’s disease in Away From Her,but it’s the veteran Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent, playing Christie’s stoically heartbroken husband, who anchors the picture. As well he should: Alice Munro’s short story “The Bear......

Delon On the Run

That Alain Delon figures prominently in several of the titles featured at the American Cinematheque’s new series of vintage French crime films is no surprise. The now-78-year-old male accessory magnate and former Smiths record-sleeve cover boy was one of the most iconic movie stars of the 1960s: the O.G., if......

Conjuring the Moving Image: The Films of Lech Majewski

The word visionary is often misapplied — recall the trailers last fall for Fur, from the “visionary ” director of Secretary — but the Polish filmmaker/poet/painter Lech Majewski earns the distinction for his singularly transfixing cinema. The Katowice native, who first won acclaim as a student filmmaker in Poland in......

7th Hungarian Film Festival of Los Angeles

The absence of Béla Tarr’s The Man From London from the 7th Hungarian Film Festival of Los Angeles is a bit perplexing: Shouldn’t a program devoted to a national cinema include a new work by its greatest living director? Let’s be fair and assume that there are good reasons for......
The Parent Trap (American Cinematheque)

Disney Live-Action Classics

Before she was a “Candle in the Wind” reprise waiting to happen, Lindsay Lohan was just a prepubescent thespian with a contract at Disney — shades of Hayley Mills, especially considering that Lohan’s debut came in a do-over of The Parent Trap. Where Nancy Meyers’ 1998 Trap update was glib......

Eighth Annual Polish Film Festival Los Angeles

The feting of David Lynch as a guest of honor at the eighth annual Polish Film Festival Los Angeles would seem to be an incongruity worthy of one of the director’s own films. But the fact is that Polish filmmaking figures rather importantly (if inscrutably) in Lynch’s much-discussed new film,......
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