Archive for category: by Bruce Reid

The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of November 21

21 November, 2014 (10:35) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

“What a fitting end to your life’s pursuits.” One of the most charming details of Eric Zala, Chris Strompolos, and Jayson Lamb’s Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation—I mean, aside from the terrier standing in for the monkey pulling off the Nazi salute—is how the filmmakers just skipped right over the fight at the […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of November 14

14 November, 2014 (11:29) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Editor

“Grizzled, furrow-browed, full-lipped, toothy, sensual, goofy; laser-eyed and softly observing. Empathetic, angry, insane, proud, humble, stupid, intelligent; sexy, uniquely handsome and sometimes ugly, but ugly in a way that made him more beautiful. A face with history and innocence; future and failure. A face with dreams but a face that knows dreams are often just […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of November 7

7 November, 2014 (09:43) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

“If you men only knew.” Adam Nayman defends the films of Stanley Kubrick from charges of misogyny by pointing out these aren’t films about women ruining things, but of “male self-absorption, and its dire consequences.” Via Mubi. Kalefa Sanneh’s profile of Chris Rock does a good job explaining movie stardom by counter-example, as pretty much […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of October 31

31 October, 2014 (09:49) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links, Seattle Screens | By: Bruce Reid

All due (and seasonally apposite) respect to Clive Barker, the video release of the moment is clearly Criterion’s complete Tati set. At their website the company is offering some fine essays connected to the release. Jonathan Rosenbaum displays how precise Tati’s use of color and sound was to guide the viewer through his open, detailed […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of October 24

24 October, 2014 (11:09) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

The latest excerpt from Michael Koresky’s book on Terence Davies logically should maybe have been the first, being primarily a career overview. But Koresky lays out the argument for placing Davies squarely in the queer cinema tradition with which he’s had a troubled relationship, and it’s always nice to read someone praising The Neon Bible. […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of October 17

17 October, 2014 (09:10) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

“I met this guy named Ding-Dong. He told me the whole Earth is goin’ up in flame. Flames will come out of here and there and they’ll just rise up. The mountains are gonna go up in big flames, the water’s gonna rise in flames. There’s gonna be creatures runnin’ every which way, some of […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of October 10

10 October, 2014 (11:10) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

“Wong’s acting was subtle and unmannered; her eyebrow game was on point. She had a piercing stare that made you feel as if she saw the very best and very worst things about you, and her signature blunt-cut bangs made her face seem at once exquisitely, perfectly symmetrical. Given the quilt work of exotic roles […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of October 3

3 October, 2014 (10:25) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links, screenings | By: Bruce Reid

Ray Pride (with “additional contributions” from Brian Hieggelke) offers a rundown of the film talent located between the coasts, with his list of 50—Count ‘em 50—key players in the Chicago movie scene. Speaking of Chicago talent (number two on Pride’s list, in fact): Unreturned calls to a 1-800 number, regretfully declined invites to Cannes, limo […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of Friday, September 26

26 September, 2014 (09:07) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

“His apartment, which he rented for 10 dollars a month, was described by friends as “beat up” and by him as “terrific.” He survived on two meals a day, mostly combinations of steak, eggs, and orange juice, and he eschewed nightclubs, instead spending his spare time reading Chekov, classic works of history and economics, and […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of September 19

19 September, 2014 (10:15) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Editor

“As plot events shake his world, Apley passes by the slanting print and doesn’t pause to set it right—the offending imbalance is framed by Mankiewicz so that it occupies the lion’s share of screen space as Apley moves across the frame. And you feel it, this little earthquake in a tidy world. That’s a visual […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of September 12

12 September, 2014 (08:24) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

In response to an industrial bias that has grown from little-remarked upon oversight to universally decried embarrassment in a few short years, the New York Times’s movie section of late has a decidedly female slant, from A. O. Scott and Manohla Dargis’s roundup of the new roles (or at least more complex variations on the […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of September 5

5 September, 2014 (10:30) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

“At this point, John had been burned three times by commercial animation: during the Disney strike, at UPA, and by Finian’s Rainbow. Faith had never had anything but distrust of commercial projects to begin with. So as a condition of their marriage, they made a pact: They would make one serious film a year, for […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of August 29

29 August, 2014 (08:24) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

As the title indicates, Arabian Nights—Miguel Gomes’s follow-up to Tabu—doesn’t seem to lack for ambition. Featuring real news stories (researched for the director by a trio of journalists) filtered through the telling by a modern Scheherazade, it looks another dazzling intermingling of Portuguese history and fanciful imagination. Rachel Donadio has a set visit, complete with […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of August 22

22 August, 2014 (09:11) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

“My brother and I have always been fans of B movies. Agustiín would kill to make a women-in-prison film, pack it to the gills with girls of all races, each more deviant than the next. We’d follow the line of Jonathan Demme’s Caged Heat, or the line of films made by Linda Blair after she […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of August 15

15 August, 2014 (12:18) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

At Mubi, a fine pair of appreciations, on a great master’s last film and a current master’s first. Sarah Salovaara shows how Buñuel’s bifurcation of the female lead in That Obscure Object of Desire makes its own kind of sense. (“The film presents a world in which a woman is capable of pathologically taunting a […]

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