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Spotlighting the Great and the Obscure

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Spotlighting the Great and the Obscure

Conversations with Frederick Wiseman and Quentin Tarantino and rediscoveries of forgotten critics and an Arab filmmaker are among this week’s highlights.

By David Hudson

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Hard Realities and Welcome Distractions

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Hard Realities and Welcome Distractions

Following a briefing on the crisis, we turn to a few items that might help us take our minds off it.

By David Hudson

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Cannes Does the Right Thing

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Cannes Does the Right Thing

Also this week: Filmmaker and filmmakers make their work freely accessible, an appreciation of Barbara Hammer, and an interview with Jonathan Rosenbaum.

By David Hudson

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Advocacy and Promise

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Advocacy and Promise

Maybe in tough times we can draw strength from our passion for great cinema.

By David Hudson

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“The Truest Test of a Movie”

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“The Truest Test of a Movie”

This week: Kelly Reichardt chats with Bong Joon-ho and Olivier Assayas, Jia Zhangke tells the story behind his debut feature, and more.

By David Hudson

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Retrospectives, Reflections, and One Long Look Ahead

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Retrospectives, Reflections, and One Long Look Ahead

Bong Joon-ho picks twenty directors to watch. Also in the spotlight this week are Jennie Livingston, Jerome Hiler, Dušan Makavejev, and Ritwik Ghatak.

By David Hudson

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From Delight to Desolation

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From Delight to Desolation

Reflections from Bong Joon-ho’s interpreter and a report from the set of Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Memoria open this week’s wide-ranging round.

By David Hudson

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“Love and Honor and No Money”

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“Love and Honor and No Money”

Featured this week are a letter from Hollis Frampton, a new issue of photogénie, a talk with Charles Burnett, and more.

By David Hudson

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Global Giants and Golden Men

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Global Giants and Golden Men

This week, we’re looking back on the work of Antonioni, Fellini, Cassavetes, and Mrinal Sen. Plus: Oscar talk!

By David Hudson

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Scorsese and Schrader, Ghatak and Godard

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Scorsese and Schrader, Ghatak and Godard

This week: Scorsese’s actresses, Paul Schrader’s plans, Lynne Sachs on Godard, Ritwik Ghatak’s rising reputation, and Bong Joon-ho everywhere.

By David Hudson

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Erice, Varda, Linklater, and More

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Erice, Varda, Linklater, and More

This week we’re looking at new work from Víctor Erice, the varied oeuvre of Agnès Varda, the cinematic lighthouse, the making of Before Sunrise, and more.

By David Hudson

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Fresh Encounters and Return Visits

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Fresh Encounters and Return Visits

Cocteau in the ’50s, Jane Fonda in the ’60s, and Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep in the ’70s feature in this week’s round.

By David Hudson

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Structures and Strategies

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Structures and Strategies

How do movies work? It’s a question that seems to have been on more than a few minds this week.

By David Hudson

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Last Acts

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Last Acts

This week we’ve been reading about Orson Welles, Nina Menkes, Martin Scorsese, Luc Moullet, and the late Robert Frank.

By David Hudson

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A Slew of Shorts and One Scénario

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A Slew of Shorts and One Scénario

This week’s highlights stretch from the earliest animated shorts through the best of 1929 and 2019 to Godard’s next project.

By David Hudson

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Filmmakers Salute Filmmakers

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Filmmakers Salute Filmmakers

This week we’re spotlighting directors’ and writers’ appreciations of other directors and writers, plus Céline Sciamma and Agnès Varda.

By David Hudson

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All That Dance!

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All That Dance!

A crash course in the history of dance on film and an in-depth conversation about Pedro Costa are among this week’s items of note.

By David Hudson

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Pomegranates and Program Notes

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Pomegranates and Program Notes

Serge Daney on Sergei Parajanov, James Quandt on Robert Bresson, and Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin on Maurice Pialat are among this week’s highlights.

By David Hudson

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The Gang’s All Here

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The Gang’s All Here

American gangsters, Chinese filmmakers, and a Czech animator are featured in this week’s round.

By David Hudson

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How It All Ends

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How It All Ends

This week’s highlights take us from post-apocalyptic cityscapes to the deepest jungles of Southeast Asia, from the sound stages of Hollywood to the coal mines of West Virginia.

By David Hudson

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Criticism, Comment, and CGI

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Criticism, Comment, and CGI

A digital resurrection, an image book, and a painting of a hammer all figure in this week’s round.

By David Hudson

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Glazer and Levi, Mann and Bong, and More

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Glazer and Levi, Mann and Bong, and More

Jonathan Glazer and Michael Mann return, Parasite fever burns on, and Paul Harrill rolls out his acclaimed second feature.

By David Hudson

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A Ghost Story and More

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A Ghost Story and More

This week we’re reading about Kira Muratova, The Uninvited, and The Wizard of Oz, and we’re listening in on Martin Scorsese and Kevin Jerome Everson.

By David Hudson

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Harsh Visions

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Harsh Visions

Maurice Pialat, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Béla Tarr, Robert Eggers, and Disney’s most notorious feature make for a rough and tumble week.

By David Hudson

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