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Lucrecia Martel

For directors, sometimes it’s better to say nothing at all. (photo)

For directors, sometimes it’s better to say nothing at all.

At the end of his pan of Chuck Workman’s doc on American avant-garde “Visionaries” Tom McCormack drops a poignant observation about Jonas Mekas, the film’s main focus: Somewhere between a warmer, polite Jean-Luc Godard and a more honest and forthright Werner Herzog, Mekas shares with both men a propensity for the over-emphatic aphorism. In talking […]

“35 Shots of Rum” and “Mammoth” on DVD (photo)

“35 Shots of Rum” and “Mammoth” on DVD

Just as most intelligent critics already said last year, the kind that know their Wong from their Bong and can find their Warhol with both hands, Claire Denis’ “35 Shots of Rum” is a lovely, ruminative, impressionistic, elusive, sensitive beaut, rich in the director’s signature brand of elliptical hodgepodge and brimming with the-state-of-us-now immediacy. The […]

Hollywood’s Femme Fatality Rate (photo)

Hollywood’s Femme Fatality Rate

In the mid-’70s, when women (among them Claudia Weill, Joan Micklin Silver, Joan Darling) were getting the chance to direct mainstream movies, Pauline Kael cautioned against expecting great things right away. Filmmakers needed a chance to learn and develop, she said, and there was always a chance they might not, or might simply become proficient […]

The Sleepwalker Awakes (photo)

The Sleepwalker Awakes

Bearing the sulphurous odor of a film artist with very particular and often well-hated views on how much visual narrative should mean and how little it should actually show or “make” us feel a certain way, Lucrecia Martel has made only three features, but immediately, at 35 with “La CiĆ©naga” (2001), she had a unique […]

The Best Films of 2009 (photo)

The Best Films of 2009

Matt Singer: We entered 2009 with a new president who promised to bring our country hope. But looking back at the year in film, I don’t see a lot of hope; I see a lot of grief and despair. Oh sure, the box office charts were dominated by your now-typical assortment of franchises, spin-offs, reboots […]

The Look of Being Lost (photo)

The Look of Being Lost

Lucrecia Martel’s hallucinatory new film “The Headless Woman” could just as well be called “The Hazy Woman.” While the film’s protagonist, the middle-aged Vero, appears headless, literally, in several images — with the frame cutting her off at the neck — she’s also shown walking around in a daze, with blurry cinematography providing a visual […]

A Head Without a Heart (photo)

A Head Without a Heart

When each successive film from a new, audacious talent seems richer and more rewarding than the one before, it can sometimes be hard to tell whether the director is steadily improving or it’s simply taking you some time and effort to learn how to watch his/her movies. Argentina’s Lucrecia Martel arrived on the international film […]

Basterds, the IRA and the real Mad Men (photo)

Basterds, the IRA and the real Mad Men

Another monster release slate this week finds, amongst other things, interpretations of the Irish troubles, both real and imagined. Also, we meet the real life Mad Men, QT’s Basterds and the godfather of African-American indie film as a bearded ten-year-old boy. Download this in audio form (MP3: 15:35 minutes, 14.3 MB) Subscribe to the In […]

NYFF 2008: The rest.

“I’m Gonna Explode” An unhappy girl and a troubled boy meet in detention in their high school in a suburb of Mexico City, and before you can shout “Holy Nouvelle Vague, Batman!” they’re running away on a dreamy days-long adventure together, having found their perfect co-conspirator. Their parents don’t take this well, but their on-the-lam […]