Archive for category: Links

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: Sean Axmaker

“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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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of August 8

8 August, 2014 (10:27) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

“Those who dismiss Metzger’s films as stylish but low-brow are at best uninformed and at worst snobs. For the bulk of a 25-year career, he staked a claim on a shifting territory and worked it with intelligence and a certain Continental flair that was equal parts inclination and practicality (the dollar went further in Europe […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of August 1

1 August, 2014 (10:39) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

There are filmmakers so effortless, with careers unruffled by the type of obstacles and struggles that make for compelling narratives in their own right, that their reputations must be constantly shored up against those willing to airily dismiss them. Consider Claude Chabrol, in whose late, little-discussed films, a string from The Color of Lies to […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of July 25

25 July, 2014 (08:45) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Sean Axmaker

Noting there’s nothing all that wrong about auteurs making themselves a known brand, David Bordwell breaks down the impeccable Wes-Andersonness of Moonrise Kingdom, finding some unremarked subtleties amidst the fussiness, including a looping chronology that can slip by you the first time through and a drift away from his trademark center-frame shot-reverse-shot that marks the […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of July 18

18 July, 2014 (10:28) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Sean Axmaker

The new (and newly re-designed) Senses of Cinema offers plenty to explore, including Stuart Bender on how Gravity’s sound design convincingly fakes reality and, sticking with Cuarón, Ben Ogrodnik trying to free Children of Men’s narrative use of the camera from overly politicized critical readings; Marc Saint-Cyr describing the humanist sympathy for the underclass that […]

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