Archive for category: Links

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

13 February, 2015 (10:05) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Editor

The new Offscreen focuses on Iranian film, from avant-garde beginnings to compromised present. Roxanne Varzi salutes the poetic ethnography of Forough Farrokhzad’s 1962 documentary The House Is Black. (“[A]s we look at it years later it is no longer a documentary of the Leper colony but a poetic, interior, native documentary about a woman artist […]

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

6 February, 2015 (09:53) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

Dictatorships have always understood the power of film, and made efforts to use it to their own ends. But even in the sordid history of such relationships, Kim Jong-Il’s North Korea stands as an outlier. In an excerpt from his book on Kim’s kidnapping and forced employment of South Korean actress Choi Eun-Hee and director […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of January 30

30 January, 2015 (09:53) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links, Seattle Screens | By: Bruce Reid

“For more than 30 years, people bought movie tickets to watch Hackman take charge. He was a molder of men: Hackman taught Redford how to ski, DiCaprio how to shoot, and Keanu how to play quarterback. As the culture’s perspective on Great White Males changed, so did cinema’s view of Hackman. If you want to […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of January 23

23 January, 2015 (10:49) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

“The problem is the six major studios that dominate the box office, the entertainment chatter and the popular imagination. Their refusal to hire more female directors is immoral, maybe illegal, and has helped create and sustain a representational ghetto for women.” Manohla Dargis lays down her sharpest attack yet on what’s become a preeminent concern, […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of January 16

16 January, 2015 (10:48) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

At The Guardian, two stories of comedians confronting a world that lives down to their expectations. Craig Brown’s article is primarily a tribute to Duck Soup, and its profound use of nonsense to attack and destroy the straight-laced and proper. (“After their arrival, nothing is allowed to remain in its rightful place, or to be […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of January 9

9 January, 2015 (09:59) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links, Seattle Screens | By: Bruce Reid

“It’s an attitude that hits with the opening notes of David Shire’s score, a rolling atonal jazz-funk cacophany that can legitimately be called brassy because there’s a hell of a lot of brass in it. It’s a warning that this city is an irritable, stressed-out motherfucker, and you better watch yourself. This is a city […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… the Best Reads of 2014

26 December, 2014 (03:52) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

Joseph McBride provided the best writing of the year on Too Much Johnson, showing how the footage looks back to Welles’s love of silent film and forward to the sexual frankness of his later films. His speculation on how the film went “missing” all those years, considering McBride’s the one who rediscovered The Hearts of […]

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

19 December, 2014 (08:51) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

“How many times is the word “love” uttered in Day of Wrath (1943), Ordet and Gertrud? Many, more than many—it is voiced so much one can’t look away, because when love is the overt subject of art (we should assume it is always the implicit subject) we know the artist is not afraid and certainly […]

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

12 December, 2014 (10:29) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

Grantland’s series of articles on Paul Thomas Anderson are timed to the release of Inherent Vice, but most are good enough to prompt the question: Why can’t every week be Paul Thomas Anderson week? In fact that’s already so; most of the articles getting attention (like Alex French and Howie Kahn’s oral history of Boogie Nights, […]

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

5 December, 2014 (12:02) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

“But look, most movies suck. Absolutely suck. They just do. Most TV shows suck. Most books suck. If most things were good, I’d make $15 an hour. I don’t live the way I live because most things are even remotely good. But when you have a system where you probably only see three movies with […]

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The View Beyond Parallax… more reads for the week of November 28

28 November, 2014 (10:19) | by Bruce Reid, by Sean Axmaker, Links | By: Bruce Reid

While the recent career of Nastassja Kinski has taken some odd, intriguing turns worthy of attention, the Film Society at Lincoln Center’s retrospective of her early work has writers remembering that decade or so when she was the most consistently surprising of It Girls, walking through her movies with an erotic air so languorous you […]

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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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