Tag Archive: Art

Apr
01

Cinefantastique Spotlight: G.I. JOE: RETALIATION

Don't Get Excited, He's Not Around All That Much: Bruce Willis joins forces with Adrianne Palicki in G.I. JOE: RETALIATION.

With its nuanced evaluation of modern warfare and the place of the soldier in today’s society, G.I. JOE: RETALIATION represents an innovative vision of armed conflict waged on a global scale. Oh, who are we kidding? G.I. JOE: RETALIATION is the second entry in the toy-based franchise, featuring Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, and Ray Stevenson  …

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Mar
24

Sidiki Conde & Alan Govenar on YOU DON’T NEED FEET TO DANCE

Sidiki Conde (right) defies the barriers in YOU DON'T NEED FEET TO DANCE.

The subject of the documentary YOU DON’T NEED FEET TO DANCE, Sidiki Conde, is possibly the very definition of determination and resilience. Born in Guinea, stricken with polio that lost him the use of his legs as a teen, overcoming that stigma by forming an orchestra of disabled artists that toured the country, Conde eventually …

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Mar
10

Lucien Castaing-Taylor on LEVIATHAN

LEVIATHAN'S view in the midst of fishing.

LEVIATHAN is being called a documentary. That’s as much for convenience’s sake as anything else — it’s clearly not fiction, so what else could it be? Except in no way does the film hew to conventional notions of documentary storytelling. Filmmakers Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel brought a multitude of cameras onto a commercial fishing …

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Dec
31

Cinefantastique Spotlight: 2012 Roundup

The Faces and Feats of 2012.

The future is a bottomless well, its mysteries yet to be revealed. The past is the road that stretches behind us, a strange and twisted route littered with ghosts, demons, hobbits, hostile aliens, Dark Knights, the gods of myth, and far too many teenagers lugging amateur camcorders. 2012 is over, a year that, as with …

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Dec
26

James Franco Gets Friendly (Maybe TOO Friendly) with the Samsung Galaxy Camera [Sponsored Video]

Truth be told, we have some questions about how closely the sponsored video below adheres to documentary truth. That James Franco would throw a party and spend all of the time hiding behind a Samsung Galaxy Camera? No, don’t wash with us, he seems more outgoing than that. That once he got his mitts on …

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Dec
20

Steven Van Zandt and Jack Huston on NOT FADE AWAY

Steven Van Zandt (center) gives Will Brill (left) and Jack Huston tips on the fine points of rock during the shoot for NOT FADE AWAY.

The ‘burbs are alive with the sound of music. Especially in the sixties, especially if you were a teen in New Jersey jamming with your friends in a garage and dreaming of being the next Rolling Stones. NOT FADE AWAY is the directorial debut of THE SOPRANOS creator David Chase, a canny look back at …

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Aug
02

Anne Émond on NUIT #1

The Hook-Up That Catches: Catherine de Léan and Dimitri Storoge bare more than their bodies in Nuit #1

NUIT #1 begins with its main characters, Clara (Catherine de Léan) and Nikolai (Dimitri Storoge), engaged in a superficial but strenuous bout of sex, having just met each other at a rave and retreated to Nikolai’s sparsely appointed apartment. But, using the sheer shallowness of that physical coupling as a springboard, director Anne Émond delves …

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Jun
15

Matthew Akers on MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ: THE ARTIST IS PRESENT

Seen While Being Seen: Performance artist Marina Abramović (in white) challenges and absolves in MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ: THE ARTIST IS PRESENT.

More than just a simple transcript of a museum show, the documentary MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ: THE ARTIST IS PRESENT is its own, emotionally-charged experience. Keyed off the controversial performance artist’s 2010 retrospective at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the film is one part eye-opening exploration of the woman who tends to push the boundaries of …

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Jun
11

Cinfantastique Spotlight: PROMETHEUS

Pandora, Meet Box; Box, Pandora: from left, Logan Marshall-Green, Noomi Rapace, and Michael Fassbender have no idea what they're unleashing in PROMETHEUS.

Melding the spiritual and the graphic, the scientific and the horrific, that’s PROMETHEUS’ game. Ridley Scott’s return to the ALIEN universe, some thirty-three years after he turned genre film upside-down with the original film (but not a prequel; repeat: NOT A PREQUEL (but it is (sort of))), evidences no shortage of ambition — with a …

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Jun
06

Sponsored Video + Podcast: Ben Model on the Art of the Chase

Buster Keaton in COPS.

Okay, I’ve really got to thank Samsung now, not just for being a sponsor, but also a friend. I’ve long wanted to do a show with Ben Model, silent film accompanist extraordinaire, and since Samsung’s latest episode of their comedy series FACT CHECKERS UNIT is essentially an extended chase sequence between the intrepid scandal-rag detectives …

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