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Tribeca 2011: “Stuck Between Stations,” Reviewed (photo)

Tribeca 2011: “Stuck Between Stations,” Reviewed

As someone that only watches films rather than make them, my favorite thing about the RED camera, the digital camera that has democratized high quality imagery amongst low budget filmmakers, is the clarity not only of the imagery, but the specificity it allows for regional writer/directors to bring out the best in their hometown. In […]

Tribeca 2011: “A Quiet Life,” Reviewed (photo)

Tribeca 2011: “A Quiet Life,” Reviewed

As loathe as I am to think of most American remakes of perfectly good foreign films, I couldn’t help but wonder while watching “A Quiet Life” whether Robert De Niro has had a chance to check out the film playing the festival he founded. Ironically, in this hypothetical remake De Niro would produce and star […]

Tribeca 2011: “The Carrier,” Reviewed (photo)

Tribeca 2011: “The Carrier,” Reviewed

If you were to watch “The Carrier” without subtitles, there are many points at which you’d suspect nothing is wrong and perhaps that’s the saddest statement the film makes of all. A documentary about the life of a polygamous family in Zambia where the beauty of the landscape is diametrically opposed with the tragic spread […]

Kelly Reichardt on Surviving “Meek’s Cutoff” (photo)

Kelly Reichardt on Surviving “Meek’s Cutoff”

“I don’t know what making a film is like,” Kelly Reichardt says near the end of our conversation. She’s referring to the way other filmmakers work, but it could just as easily apply to her own work since in the past few years, she’s been making experiences. In a celebrated run with screenwriter Jonathan Raymond […]

Tribeca 2011: Taylor Kitsch Joins “The Bang Bang Club” (photo)

Tribeca 2011: Taylor Kitsch Joins “The Bang Bang Club”

There’s a reason Taylor Kitsch is the first person you see in “The Bang Bang Club,” despite the fact he’s not the film’s central character. As Kevin Carter, the real-life Pulitzer Prize-winning war photojournalist who fearlessly took photos of the demons plaguing South Africa during the end of Apartheid in 1990s while battling his own […]

Andrew Lau Extends His “Legend” and Gets Punchy With “Fist” (photo)

Andrew Lau Extends His “Legend” and Gets Punchy With “Fist”

This article originally ran as part of our coverage of the Toronto Film Festival 2010. When talking to Andrew Lau, one of the first things to emerge is his tendency to drop in the ba-ba-ba sound of machine gun fire or plwww of explosions into casual conversation. Maybe it’s his way of being descriptive to […]

The Second Strike of “Fubar,” “Cannibal Holocaust” in HD, and More New on DVD (photo)

The Second Strike of “Fubar,” “Cannibal Holocaust” in HD, and More New on DVD

A look at what’s new on DVD this week: “Fubar: Balls to the Wall” Directed by Michael Dowse Released by Screen Media Films Following up the 2002 cult comedy about lifelong metalhead pals Terry and Dean, this sequel, which recently premiered to much acclaim at SXSW, finds the duo down on their luck when they […]

Seven Rare Films To Watch Now Before Google Video Dies  (photo)

Seven Rare Films To Watch Now Before Google Video Dies

This post will self-destruct in two weeks…well, not exactly, but the videos below will be since Google unceremoniously announced the end of Google Video over the weekend that they are putting a kibosh on the video service as of April 29th that unlike the one they eventually bought, YouTube, allowed users to upload video longer […]

A “Sound” Way to Celebrate Record Store Day in New York, Chicago & St. Louis (photo)

A “Sound” Way to Celebrate Record Store Day in New York, Chicago & St. Louis

With her flame-red locks and a weeklong international tour, you would be forgiven for thinking Jeanie Finlay was picking up where Santa Claus left off. However, the occasion isn’t Christmas, but another annual tradition worthy of merrymaking and good cheer — Record Store Day, which Finlay is celebrating this week with a whirlwind tour of […]

Zeina Durra and Elodie Bouchez Insist “The Imperialists Are Still Alive” (photo)

Zeina Durra and Elodie Bouchez Insist “The Imperialists Are Still Alive”

Like the unsatisfied pleasure seekers in Luis Bunuel’s “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie” or later Whit Stillman’s “Metropolitan,” the protagonists of Zeina Durra’s “The Imperialists Are Still Alive” are chasing a satisfaction that no party will provide as they strut through gallery openings, soirees in the backrooms of Chinese kitchens, and other dimly lit […]