Tag Archive: Art

Apr
17

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: UNDER THE SKIN

Not even Scarlett Johansson is sure of what she sees in UNDER THE SKIN.

“I reeeeeally want you to review UNDER THE SKIN for HOUR OF THE WOLF,” Jim Freund said to me a couple of weeks ago. That was good, because I reeeeeeally wanted to review UNDER THE SKIN, but constraints — both on time and finances — meant that I needed a good reason to get to …

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Mar
31

The Cinefantastique Spotlight: Noah

The strengths of Darren Aronofsky's NOAH go beyond mere spectacle.

Sooner or later, it had to happen. Three months into 2014, we finally move beyond the execrable and the mediocre, to something imaginative, exciting, and just flat-out worthy of praise. NOAH allows director Darren Arnofosky to apply his characteristically iconoclastic vision to the classic Bible tale, transforming the historic setting into a fantastic world where …

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Oct
18

David V. Picker on MUSTS, MAYBES, AND NEVERS: A BOOK ABOUT THE MOVIES

David V. Picker (right) on location with John Huston

To list the films and filmmakers David V. Picker has been involved with in his careers as president of United Artists, Paramount, and Columbia borders on giving a comprehensive history of the medium in the latter half of the twentieth century. A HARD DAY’S NIGHT, PERSONA, THE JERK, MIDNIGHT COWBOY, TOM JONES, LAST TANGO IN …

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Sep
13

Harry Dean Stanton on HARRY DEAN STANTON: PARTLY FICTION

The career and soul of an actor is explored in HARRY DEAN STANTON: PARTLY FICTION.

A guy who’s been in every film from COOL HAND LUKE, REPO MAN, ALIEN and PARIS, TEXAS, and worked with everyone from John Huston, David Lynch, Tom Hanks and Johnny Depp has to have some stories to tell. And in HARRY DEAN STANTON: PARTLY FICTION, director Sophie Huber has found a way to get the …

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Aug
02

Fernando Trueba & Aida Folch on THE ARTIST AND THE MODEL

Aida Folch and Jean Rochefort explore the creative spirit in THE ARTIST AND THE MODEL.

In occupied France, an aging sculptor (Jean Rochefort) strikes a bargain with a young, Spanish runaway (Aida Folch): shelter and board in return for modeling for his latest, and possibly last, work. THE ARTIST AND THE MODEL is about seeking beauty in dire times, about reconciling one’s artistic soul when reality intrudes, and about the …

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Jun
09

Bill Stone on TRIUMPH OF THE WALL

It's Chris Overing vs. a pile of rocks and the forces of time in TRIUMPH OF THE WALL.

Filmmaker Bill Stone’s task couldn’t have been simpler: Document artist Chris Overing as he built a stone wall on a large estate in Quebec. In two months time, the director anticipated, he’d have an interesting rumination on an elaborate and obscure craft. Eight years later, with the wall unfinished and Stone wondering what he had …

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May
28

[Sponsored Video] What’s Romance Got to Do With It?: Thoughts After Watching BEFORE MIDNIGHT

Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke) in Before Midnight directed by Richard Linklater.

This, you see, is the eternal question for me: Am I a romantic or not? As a film journalist, I need to serve many masters — drama, documentary, comedy, horror, etc. — and since I tend to favor independent releases, ’cause that’s where the truly exciting, innovative stuff is going on, I suppose my narrative …

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May
13

Cinefantastique Spotlight: Tribute to Ray Harryhausen

Ray Harryhausen & friends.

It is not an understatement to say that, for many who work within the industry of fantastic film and those who cover it, Ray Harryhausen was one of the key godfathers of the Sense of Wonder. In such films as EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS, THE SEVENTH VOYAGE OF SINBAD, JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, and …

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Apr
11

ANTIVIRAL’s Brandon Cronenberg: The CFQ Interview

Caleb Landry Jones and Sarah Gadon share a virulent form of fame in ANTIVIRAL.

ANTIVIRAL is set in an alternate-but-not-too-alternate universe where fame is everything, and the grand bulk of the economy seems built around markets in steaks cloned and viruses farmed from celebrities. The film marks the directing debut of Brandon Cronenberg — son of David Cronenberg — and while its biologic creepiness demonstrates a clear blood-line (we …

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Apr
07

Pablo Berger on BLANCANIEVES

Macarena Garcia escapes from her wicked stepmother into the world of bullfighting in BLANCNIEVES.

Someday My Steer Will Come? In BLANCANIEVES, Spanish director Pablo Berger takes the classic tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, sets it in Seville in the 1920’s and recasts it as the tale of an orphaned daughter of an illustrious toreador who, despite the machinations of a wicked stepmother and with the help …

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