This browser is supported only in Windows 10 and above.

Anthony Kaufman

Cannes Review: “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.” (photo)

Cannes Review: “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.”

Reviewed at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. For at least its first half, Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” — the sequel to his 1987 original — may be the cinema’s best dramatization of the 2008 financial meltdown. With its rapidly cut split-screens and downward spiraling electronic numbers reflecting on the panicked face of […]

Exploring the Lines Between Art, Hype and Biz (photo)

Exploring the Lines Between Art, Hype and Biz

“I had reservations about making art a business,” the famous art collector Mary Boone once said. “But I got over it.” Such is the tension within all artistic industries — film, painting, theater or music, the idea of selling-out dogs them all. Are the high prices that paintings go for at Sotheby’s or films sell […]

Can Sundance’s Hits Fly Outside Park City? (photo)

Can Sundance’s Hits Fly Outside Park City?

The high altitudes of Park City, UT — home to the Sundance Film Festival — have been known to cause dehydration, insomnia and an overappreciation of certain independent movies. What sparks standing ovations and multi-million dollar acquisitions in the rarefied confines of the snowbound town doesn’t always carry over into the outside world. For every […]

The New Serial Cinema (photo)

The New Serial Cinema

Film serials go back to the earliest days of cinema — think “Perils of Pauline” cliffhangers or the exploits of French criminal mastermind “Fantômas,” unspooling in theaters in weekly installments. More recently, a new kind of serial cinema has emerged. Less reminiscent of those silent movies or the Hollywood franchises of Harry Potter or James […]

The Unbearable Rambo-ness of Being (photo)

The Unbearable Rambo-ness of Being

     God didn’t make Rambo; I made him! In the ’80s, Americans found a new brand of movie hero that corresponded precisely with Reagan-era conservative values. Ripped, vengeful and violent, action stars like Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson and a beefed-up Bruce Willis helped reestablish myths of rugged individualism, militarism and machismo through an awesome […]

The Year of Apolitical Cinema? (photo)

The Year of Apolitical Cinema?

In 1989, Spike Lee picked up a trashcan and hurled it into the front window of Sal’s Pizzeria, stirring chaos in Bed-Stuy and sending movie audiences into a tizzy about race relations in America. That same year, Oliver Stone and Brian De Palma were reopening heated debates about Vietnam (“Born on the Fourth of July,” […]

What the Success of “Precious” Means for Black Indie Cinema (photo)

What the Success of “Precious” Means for Black Indie Cinema

Serious African-American cinema scarcely exists. It arrives in fits and sputters, in the occasional legends (Melvin Van Peebles, Gordon Parks), outliers (Charles Burnett, Julie Dash) or mavericks (Spike Lee). But demanding cinema based around the black experience are largely absent from American screens, displaced by gangstas, guns and masquerading comedians in drag or fat suits […]

Can Sexual Provocation Still Sell? (photo)

Can Sexual Provocation Still Sell?

Barring some epic year-end bombshell, Lars von Trier’s “Antichrist” is sure to walk away with the designation of year’s most provocative movie — with its sadomasochistic sex, penis smashing and spontaneous clitorectomy, it rivals Nagisa Oshima’s 1976 cinema scandal “In the Realm of the Senses” in its efforts to shock and offend. It’s a useful […]

Welcome to the Wild Card Oscars (photo)

Welcome to the Wild Card Oscars

Every year, critics come up with their lists of the top ten films of the past 12 months. Ideally an eclectic mix of arthouse fare, Hollywood auteurs and the occasional wild card (say, last year’s appearance of Ben Stiller’s “Tropic Thunder”), these decalogues of cinephilia tend to be capricious, political and painstakingly strategized for maximum […]

No One Knows Anything (photo)

No One Knows Anything

Last week, America’s indie film community took a long, hard look at its precarious state. After industry pros flew back home from the Toronto International Film Festival — heads throbbing from too many drinks, not enough sleep and the lackluster marketplace, where few films were bought and sold — many headed straight to the IFP’s […]