Archive for category: Links

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

22 May, 2015 (08:51) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

“Considering the very personal tone of Dreams and that Kurosawa was 80 when he finished it, it’s hardly surprising that the film meditates on the balance of life and death. Yet this thematic crux is articulated not as a simple, binary opposition, but as an intricate intertwining: death-in-life and life-in-death.” Godfrey Cheshire has a lovely […]

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

15 May, 2015 (09:27) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

“So if a question that might have some pertinence for the mid-1950s through the mid-1970s, “Why do the French love Jerry Lewis”, can be superseded by a question pertinent to the next four decades, “Why do the French and the Americans love Woody Allen?”, the fact that the first question continues to get posed while […]

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SIFFing: Parallax View’s SIFF 2015 Guide

14 May, 2015 (00:33) | capsules, Film Festivals, Links | By: Editor

The 41st Annual Seattle International Film Festival opens on Thursday, May 14, with the opening night gala presentation of Spy, and completes its 25-day run on Sunday, June 7 with The Overnight. In between there are (at last count) 193 feature films, 70 documentary features, 19 archival films, and 164 short films: all told, 450 […]

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

8 May, 2015 (09:28) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

“Where do you go from here? Obviously no place but down. Ekberg has been taking rent-paying jobs ever since Boccaccio ’70, but Tashlin in a sense used her up and Fellini brought her to unimagined heights, on a billboard on Mount Olympus from which there was no turning back. Or coming down, although she literally […]

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

1 May, 2015 (09:50) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

“When I attempt to describe my years in Paris, no one believes me, I can tell. It was too Hollywood-dream perfect. Here is Nadja coming out of the student restaurant, minding her own business, and who should appear next but Eric Rohmer who stops her (“Why you of all people?” they ask) and within minutes […]

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

24 April, 2015 (09:49) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Sean Axmaker

“Nobody’s more responsible for the final outcome of the recording than Harry, just as nobody was more responsible for the final shape that The Conversation took than Murch. As an editor, he magicks emotional tone out of thin air.” Charles Bramesco plunks for alternate authorship of one of Coppola’s masterpieces, finding The Conversation’s themes so […]

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

17 April, 2015 (11:03) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

“‘We’re going to shoot it without a script,’ he said, his face lighting up with excitement. ‘I know the whole story…. But what I’m going to do is get the actors in every situation, tell them what has happened up to this moment … and I believe they will find what is true and inevitable.’ […]

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

10 April, 2015 (09:25) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

“But few, then or now, seem to have noticed that the plot of Hell’s Angels is essentially Wings viewed in a fun-house mirror. Where Wings presents the Great War through the lens of bravery, gallantry, romance, and tragedy, Hell’s Angels unfalteringly inverts those themes: romance morphs into lust, cowardice into realism, and idealism into nihilism. […]

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

3 April, 2015 (10:40) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

“In 1932, he landed a job shooting posed promotional stills from a film-in-progress called “The Shadow of Pancho Villa.” The results were the quick-and-dirty products of many hands, but a few were strikingly staged: panoramic tableaus of peasant-revolutionaries, their faces half-hidden by sombreros, standing in low-horizon landscapes under towering, cloud-filled skies. They looked better than […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of March 27

27 March, 2015 (11:01) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

“She’s exploring relationships that take years of self-reflection and conflict to reach a flawed but harmonious state. As a result, love at first sight doesn’t mean instant happiness; it’s simply the spark that inspires a long and thorny journey toward mutual connection, an endgame that transcends fleeting feelings like lust and infatuation.” Glenn Heath, Jr. […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of March 20

20 March, 2015 (11:25) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

Antonioni and P. T. Anderson are the chief subjects of the new Senses of Cinema. No need here to choose age before beauty: Hamish Ford argues the early-60s quartet blend modernism and realism in a way that makes writing their subject off as “ambiguity” far too simplistic a reading (“Once more, any distinction between modernist […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of March 13

13 March, 2015 (09:22) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

“With the woman’s dainty toes center screen, the foregrounded width of the image, and the lovingly worn texture of the film itself—one of Grindhouse’s gimmicks was that it would look like a crummy old 35mm print unearthed from some dusty, ill-maintained archive—Death Proof is from its very first shot the ultimate Tarantino fetish film.” Michael […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of March 6

6 March, 2015 (11:02) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

“But I like film. And I like visual storytelling. I’m sick of interviewing. I am really sick of it. I’m not gonna say I do it better than anybody else, but I do it differently than anybody else. I am good at it, for whatever reason. There are a lot of different reasons, but if […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of February 27

27 February, 2015 (09:11) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links, screenings, Seattle Screens | By: Bruce Reid

“Yes, extras must meet a threshold level of professionalism; they must show up on time and do what they’re told; they must own a variety of clothing items (most bring their own wardrobe). But there are thousands of them, capable of showing up on time and walking when they’re supposed to walk. It’s unskilled labor […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of February 20

20 February, 2015 (09:45) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links, Seattle Screens | By: Bruce Reid

Tough loners, intricate plots, and “irresistible” location work: Jonathan Kirshner takes a look at Melville’s Two Men in Manhattan, Le Doulos, and Le Deuxieme Souffle, three films that “can be dubbed [the director’s] “noir improvisations,” a nod to Bertrand Tavernier’s observation that Melville approaches filmmaking like a jazz musician, reinterpreting and experimenting with the standards—in […]

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