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“Balancing the Bitterness with Sweetness”

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“Balancing the Bitterness with Sweetness”

A fresh reading of Dr. Caligari, a deep dive into War and Peace, Terry Zwigoff’s “immersive screenings,” and Beyoncé’s multimedia project are among this week’s highlights.

By David Hudson

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Trains of Light and Sound

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Trains of Light and Sound

Lucrecia Martel, Annette Michelson, Satyajit Ray, and Joanna Hogg feature in this week’s round.

By David Hudson

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Other Arts, Other Worlds

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Other Arts, Other Worlds

This week we revisit the work of the late critic Gilberto Perez, novelist W. G. Sebald, and filmmakers Alice Guy Blaché, Wong Kar-wai, and Agnès Varda.

By David Hudson

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Cléo from 2013 to 2019

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Cléo from 2013 to 2019

This week, a feminist journal folds, a filmmaker pens a manifesto, and Richard Linklater commits to a twenty-year project.

By David Hudson

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Movies to Listen to

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Movies to Listen to

A good number of the pieces that have stood out this week examine the ways that music and cinema have informed each other’s traditions.

By David Hudson

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Stories of Their Lives

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Stories of Their Lives

Look back with us on the winding career of Arthur Jafa, a summer spent with Tilda Swinton, and an evening with soccer “super-fan” Agnès Varda.

By David Hudson

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Moods and Memes

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Moods and Memes

This week we’re revisiting the work of Ida Lupino, Nicholas Cage, Juraj Herz, Spike Jonze, and more.

By David Hudson

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“This Is Peachy Keen!”

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“This Is Peachy Keen!”

Extraordinarily long movies, challenging movies, and even ugly movies figure into this week’s round.

By David Hudson

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Do Look Back

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Do Look Back

This week’s round features conversations with Abbas Kiarostami, Christopher Doyle, Julia Loktev, and Barry Jenkins.

By David Hudson

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Personas, Conspiracies, and Outright Horror

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Personas, Conspiracies, and Outright Horror

Who did Agnès Varda want us to believe she was? Why has the idea that Stanley Kubrick faked the moon landing caught on? And Roger Corman, feminist hero?

By David Hudson

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From Mann to Moullet

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From Mann to Moullet

This week: Michael Mann, Peter Strickland, Pedro Almodóvar, Luc Moullet, and a forgotten chapter of film history.

By David Hudson

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Ages of Rebellion

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Ages of Rebellion

This week, we look back on the making of If...., black filmmakers in the 1990s, and the golden age of Mexican cinema.

By David Hudson

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New Cinema Scope and Old Polaroids

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New Cinema Scope and Old Polaroids

This week’s highlights include an oral history of one of Kubrick’s most challenging sequences and reviews of the latest works from Béla Tarr and Paul Thomas Anderson.

By David Hudson

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The Big Questions

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The Big Questions

Can the movies survive? Can rotten people be great artists? Are we all doomed?

By David Hudson

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A Panorama of Politics

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A Panorama of Politics

On the late Peter Whitehead, Jordan Peele’s Us, drag culture, European refugees, and images of incarceration

By David Hudson

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Tours and Sighs

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Tours and Sighs

This week we revisit the work of Pawel Pawlikowski, Carlos Reygadas, Robert Mitchum, Hal Hartley, and Elaine May.

By David Hudson

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Literary Influences

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Literary Influences

Chinese poets and American and English novelists figure prominently in this week’s round.

By David Hudson

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The Struggle Never Ends

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The Struggle Never Ends

In the spotlight this week: Barbara Rubin, Chantal Akerman, Kenji Mizoguchi, Dominik Graf, and Tomás Gutiérrez Alea.

By David Hudson

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“The Only Sane Person on Rumble Fish”

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“The Only Sane Person on Rumble Fish

In the news this week: Francis Ford Coppola, Raúl Ruiz, Joanna Hogg, and Lou Ye.

By David Hudson

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Surveys and Milestones

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Surveys and Milestones

This week has seen surveys of the careers of Abbas Kiarostami and screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière and deep dives into milestone works by George Cukor and Andrei Tarkovsky.

By David Hudson

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What Actually Goes On in the Movies

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What Actually Goes On in the Movies

BAM’s Black 90s series, Nina Menkes, a poet, Avengers, and a list of the top films of the 2010s are among this week’s highlights.

By David Hudson

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Journals and Revivals

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Journals and Revivals

New issues of Screening the Past and cléo are out this week, and new restorations are opening in New York.

By David Hudson

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From Canyon Cinema to Outer Space

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From Canyon Cinema to Outer Space

In the spotlight this week: A new resource on avant-garde cinema, Kent Jones on Francis Ford Coppola, Darren Hughes on Claire Denis, and more.

By David Hudson

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Perspectives on Half a Century

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Perspectives on Half a Century

This week sees further remembrances of Agnès Varda, reflections on Godard then and now, and appreciations of a vital but too often overlooked filmmaker, Nelly Kaplan.

By David Hudson

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