Film Criticism

Mike Nichols and the Cinema of Transformation

By J.W. Whitehead

Mike Nichols burst onto the yankee cultural scene within the overdue Fifties as one 1/2 the comedian cabaret staff of Nichols and should. He grew to become a Broadway directing sensation, then moved directly to Hollywood, the place his first films--Who's terrified of Virginia Woolf? (1966) and The Graduate (1967)--earned a complete of 20 Academy Award nominations. Nichols received the 1968 Oscar for top Director and later joined the rarefied EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) membership. He made many different American cinematic classics, together with Catch-22 (1970), Carnal wisdom (1971), Silkwood (1983), operating lady (1988), Postcards from the sting (1990), and his past due masterpieces for HBO, Wit (2001) and Angels in the USA (2003). Filmmakers like Steven Spielberg and Steven Soderbergh regard him with reverence. this primary full-career retrospective research of this protean strength within the American arts starts with the roots of his filmmaking in satirical comedy and Broadway theatre and devotes separate chapters to every of his 20 characteristic motion pictures. Nichols' everlasting achievements are his critique of the ways that tradition constructs conformity and his tempered optimism approximately participants' liberation by way of transformative awakening.

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It's Only a Movie: Reel Life Adventures of a Film Obsessive

By Mark Kermode

For all those that grew up believing that Planet of the Apes explains all there is to learn about politics, that Slade in Flame was once a savage exposé of the pop international, and that The Exorcist published the that means of lifestyles, then you definitely most likely spent a long way too lots of your youth on the cinema. simply as most likely, you quickly learned that there has been just one occupation open to you—you'd need to turn into a movie critic. In It’s just a Movie, the incomparable Mark Kermode takes us into the unusual global of a existence lived in widescreen. sign up for him as he embarks on a gut-wrenching trip during the former Soviet Union at the path of the in your price range horror flick Dark Waters, balk as he is handbagged by way of Helen Mirren on the BAFTA awards rite, cheer as he will get thrown out of the Cannes movie pageant for heckling in very undesirable French, and do not omit to gasp as he is shot at whereas interviewing Werner Herzog within the Hollywood Hills. Written with sardonic wit and wry solid humor, this compelling cinematic memoir is certainly "inspired via genuine events."

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The Pauline Kael Reader: 516 Essays, Reviews, and Interviews

By Pauline Kael

It is a customized compilation.

The Pauline Kael Reader: 516 Essays, studies, and Interviews.

Many buyers dwell way more totally than they'd have if Pauline Kael had by no means written.

--- Greil Marcus

Like George Bernard Shaw, she wrote reports that would be learn for his or her kind, humor and effort lengthy after a few of their topics were forgotten.

--- Roger Ebert

Simply, jarringly, piece by way of piece, line via line, and with no interruption, worthless.

--- Renata Adler

I regard her physique of feedback as most popular an success in American letters, to put along Edmund Wilson and H. L. Mencken.

--- Phillip Lopate

She is a cunt.

--- John Huston

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Halliwell's Horizon: Leslie Halliwell and his Film Guides

By Michael Binder

The 1st complete biography of the movie encyclopaedist and tv impresario Leslie Halliwell, who in 1965 compiled The Filmgoer's significant other, the 1st one-volume reference booklet dedicated to all features of the cinema.

In his potential as leader client for the ITV community, Halliwell used to be extra liable for bringing to British tv monitors essentially the most well known movies and exhibits of the Seventies and 80s, together with The Six Million buck guy, Charlie’s Angels, The Winds of struggle, Jaws, big name Wars and the James Bond video clips. His promoting of the cinema via his books and seasons of ‘golden oldies’ on Channel four gained him awards from the London movie Critics’ Circle and the British movie Institute, in addition to a posthumous BAFTA.

Film historian Jeffrey Richards stated of 'Halliwell's Horizon', "I loved it greatly. It combines exhaustive learn with severe perception and affectionate regard, bringing Halliwell and his paintings to vibrant life."

'Times' drama critic Irving Wardle acknowledged, "The mixture of deep curiosity and thorough examine has produced a desirable tale ... fantastically written."

TV critic Philip Purser wrote, "I am misplaced in admiration. it truly is an exceptional account of his lifestyles and work."

Michael Binder can also be the writer of a mild ailment: a historical past of movie upkeep and recovery. on hand now on Amazon.

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Intrepid Laughter: Preston Sturges and the Movies (Screen Classics)

By Andrew Dickos

All through his profession, Preston Sturges (1898–1959) used to be identified for bringing sophistication and wit to the style of comedy, constructing himself as probably the most invaluable writer-directors in Forties Hollywood. this present day, greater than fifty years when they have been initially produced, his motion pictures have misplaced little in their aspect and stay very hot. Intrepid Laughter is a necessary consultant to the lifestyles and paintings of this luminary of the degree and monitor, following Sturges from his strange formative years, to his early luck as a Broadway playwright, to his whirlwind profession in Hollywood.

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Cult Midnight Movies: Discover the 37 Best Weird, Sleazy, Sexy, and Crazy Good Cinema Classics

By Danny Peary

Eraserhead to Blue Velvet to The Rocky Horror photograph express to Harold and Maude—midnight videos maintain you up well past your bedtime, no matter if you’re curled up at the sofa or in a theater jam-packed with like-minded fanatics. They invoke responses starting from “Why am I gazing this?” to “I can’t think I’m observing this!” during this choice of 37 essays drawn from his respected Cult Movies sequence, cult movie expert Danny Peary examines, dissects, defends, and exalts nighttime videos from his specified and fascinating point of view. His writing is a cornerstone of the cult movie tradition that maintains to flourish at the present time. New to this publication sequence are Danny Peary’s cult motion picture checklists for every style. each dead night motion picture fan will stroll away with newly stumbled on gemstones to observe, and a newfound appreciation of his or her favorites.

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Head-On (Gegen die Wand) (BFI Film Classics)

The award-winning love tale Head-On (2004) has been embroiled in Turkish-German id politics for the reason that its unencumber. establishing up clean strains of enquiry, Daniela Berghahn's certain and unique account of the film's creation historical past and reception as a substitute situates the movie within the wealthy context of worldwide artwork cinema and transnational melodrama.

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Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition: Cultural Contexts in Monty Python

Monty Python’s Flying Circus was once essentially the most very important and influential cultural phenomena of the Seventies. The British software was once via albums, degree appearances, and a number of other motion pictures, together with Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, and Monty Python’s The that means of Life. In all, the comedian troupe drew on various cultural references that prominently figured of their sketches, they usually tackled weighty concerns that still amused their audiences.

In Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition:Cultural Contexts in Monty Python, Tomasz Dobrogoszcz provides essays that discover many of the touchstones within the tv express and next motion pictures. those essays examine numerous topics brought on by means of the comedian geniuses:

  • Death
  • The depiction of women
  • Shakespearean affects
  • British and American cultural representations
  • Reactions from overseas audience

This quantity deals a extraordinary dialogue of Monty Python’s oeuvre, displaying hugely different ways from a couple of views, together with gender reviews, post-structuralism, psychoanalysis, and cultural experiences.

Featuring a foreword by way of Python alum Terry Jones, Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition will entice an individual drawn to cultural historical past and media experiences, in addition to the final fanatics of Monty Python who need to know extra in regards to the influence of this groundbreaking group.

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Cinema Scope (Spring 2015, No. 62)

Contents, factor No. 62:



Lost within the Funhouse: a talk with man Maddin and Evan Johnson at the Forbidden Room and different tales by means of Mark Peranson

In the bed room: Rodney Ascher’s The Nightmare through Adam Nayman

Circumnavigating Cinema: Kidlat Tahimik’s Balikbayan number 1 stories of Overdevelopment Redux III by way of Adam cook dinner and Daniel Kasman



A ideal video game: Kevin Jerome Everson’s Park Lanes by way of Michael Sicinski

Blackhat, White Noise: Michael Mann’s method of gadgets by means of Andrew Tracy

That Sinking Feeling: Seeing issues in Don’t glance Now by way of José Teodoro

Blind, With a Gun: The Irrepressible Anarchy of Jean-Patrick Manchette by means of Christoph Huber

Time Regained: The Cinema of Nils Malmros through Jordan Cronk

Dancing at the part: Derek Jarman’s Will You Dance With Me? by means of Max Nelson

Of Time and the River: Mapping the Cinema of Luo Li by means of Shelly Kraicer

The Funniest shaggy dog story on the earth: On Rick Alverson’s leisure via Phil Coldiron


Sundance by means of Blake Williams


adieu au langage

Editor’s observe: most sensible Ten motion pictures of 2014

Film/Art: Les pictures d’Alix (Cléo Roubaud) through Andréa Picard

Global Discoveries on DVD via Jonathan Rosenbaum

DVD Bonus: Sauve qui peut (la vie) through Jerry White

Books: Criterion Designs by way of Sean Rogers

Exploded View: Kenneth Anger’s Puce second via Chuck Stephens


it follows

It Follows via Jason Anderson

White God by way of Samuel los angeles France

Wild stories through Quintín


Timbuktu through Angelo Muredda

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