I grew up in Hawaii, so I have no concept of going away on “spring break”, but Harmony Korine has clearly schooled me in what I seemed to not have missed in his raunchy, pulpy, neon-fueled reflection of young America, Spring Breakers....more
Posts Tagged: Film
A dizzying blitz of descriptors surrounds Katheryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty: pro-torture, anti-torture; anti-Bush, pro-Obama; mindlessly jingoistic, nuanced in its critique of American exceptionalism....more
It’s about a year old now, but whatever: this primer on black lesbian cinema is too good not to read.
Salamishah Tillet walks us through twenty years of movies by and about queer women of color, from Watermelon Woman, a mockumentary about a 1930s actress playing mammy roles, to last year’s radiant indie film Pariah....more
To be a doctor in Cuba is to live inside the swirl of history and politics that whooshes around the small Communist island at all times....more
The Rumpus is seeking applications for a dedicated internship position to assist Stephen and the movie’s producers with a crowd-source fundraising campaign....more
The response to the AIDS epidemic that ripped through the gay community starting in the early years of the Reagan administration can be best characterized by how most health and social issues are dealt with in contemporary politics today, with a marked lack of empathy....more
I’m going to go ahead and spoil the entire plot of Bart Layton’s documentary The Imposter, but only because the film does in its first opening minutes. Why? Because the plot, as balls-out-crazy as it is, is not even the most compelling aspect of this film....more
Francis Ford Coppola hardly needs an introduction....more
On July 14, SF MoMA will be opening a retrospective of the work of photographer Cindy Sherman.
Starting with her series Untitled Film Stills, Sherman’s photographs have consistently challenged the limits, meaning, and power of self-portraiture. In an article for the New York Review of Books, critic Sanford Schwartz characterized Sherman as “an impersonator—which in her case means being a creator of people, and sometimes people-like creatures.”...more
Project Dad follows filmmaker Sharon Shattuck’s “quest to understand her LGBT family through a two-way dialogue with her dad,” who is transgender.
The film, which is in the production phase, seeks to answer the question, “What is a healthy family?” Here’s the Kickstarter to help turn the project into a feature-length documentary....more
In America, good dinner etiquette entails avoiding certain contentious topics, particularly politics. Whether it has more to do with possible digestive disorders developing from unpleasant –isms or a predilection towards harmonious dining, I do not know....more
There are certain places in the world that conjure an almost universal sense of longing; places that seem to carry a palpable sense of themselves in the air, and places whose tumultuous histories have created masses of displaced persons who feel as though they might never go home again....more
The actress Vera Farmiga, whom you may know from Up in the Air or, possibly, the great guilty-pleasure of 2009, The Orphan, directed a movie called Higher Ground, which came out last year. It may or may not have pinged your radar; there was a decent press push, because actress-turned-director is a nice hook for journalists....more
At Full Stop, Amanda Shubert reviews Brian Kellow’s Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark, while interrogating the particularly vitriolic (and often gendered) criticism that continues to be leveled against the influential film critic.
“Kael spoke to people in a voice they recognized, but she demanded something more from them than they were accustomed to....more
In the fall of 2008, I wrote a screenplay I intended to film entirely in an Alzheimer’s Unit. After many weeks of rehearsals, I arrived at a troubling realization: I was not just making a challenging film—I was making the wrong film....more
Interview Magazine features Belgian filmmaking brothers, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. The conversation revolves around their latest film, The Kid with a Bike.
“I don’t think we ever make movies that end in a sinister manner. Our characters are always saved....more
The Museum of the Moving Image will be opening a “mini-retrospective” of Hong Sang-soo’s films on March 17th. BOMBlog interviews the director about “process, collaboration, and drinking.” His answers also provide a lesson in brevity.
Sang-soo on why he often returns to the cinematic detail of male characters arm wrestling: “It’s cute.”...more
Meet Philipp Wolter and Michelle Glick, the husband and wife team behind the Brooklyn-born FilmGym Productions. Wanting to merge their love of acting with their dreams of creating introspective films for the masses, the pair decided to create independent production company FilmGym in 2004, and have proven to be a force to reckon with ever since....more