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February 2019

by Sam Thomas-Redfern Feature Articles Film

Unity of Opposites: Glass and a Decade of M. Night Shyamalan

February 14, 2019

It would be difficult to summarize the aesthetic of M. Night Shyamalan’s work of the past decade in one fell swoop, but there are a number of characteristics typical of his preoccupations which we can see as forming a link. He makes clear distinctions between success and failure, greatness and mediocrity, and the internal and external drives that determine our bearings in life. Finding one’s purpose is frequently central to his films; they’re rites of passage which demand the individual involved to…

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by InRO Staff Feature Articles Film

Before We Vanish | Issue #1

February 14, 2019

OK, so things don’t really vanish anymore: even the most limited film release will (most likely, eventually) find its way onto some streaming service or into some DVD bargain bin assuming that those still exist by the time this sentence finishes. In other words, while the title of In Review Online‘s new monthly feature devoted to current domestic and international arthouse releases in theaters will hopefully bring attention to a deeply underrated (even by us) Kiyoshi Kurosawa film, it isn’t a perfect title. Nevertheless, it’s always a good idea to catch-up with…

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by Joe Biglin Festival Coverage Film

Berlin International Film Festival 2019 – Dispatch 1

February 11, 2019

The 69th Berlinale runs from February 7 – 17. Our own Joe Biglin is there, and will be filing dispatches from the fest. The first dispatch includes his takes on new films from French auteur Francois Ozon and New York-based filmmaker Dan Sallitt, as well as the debut film from German director Nora Fingesheidt. Grace a Dieu ends with a title card describing events that have yet to take place, as of February 2019 — and for a film that’s just generally more…

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#StreamingScene by M.G. Mailloux Film

High Flying Bird | Steven Soderbergh

February 10, 2019

It is the proclivity of many a film-watcher to make a director’s body of work conform to a linear narrative — and while it isn’t rare that a filmmaker winks at, and plays with, this supposition, in our postmodern era, it is rare that a filmmaker chooses projects for the specific purpose that they reverse-engineer that narrative. Steven Soderbergh seems to be such a filmmaker,…

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#KickingtheCanon by Greg Cwik Music

PJ Harvey | To Bring You My Love

February 10, 2019

PJ Harvey had already infiltrated the mainstream by 1995, thanks to two of her early singles (“Sheela Na Gig” and “50ft Queenie”) earning medium rotation on radio stations. Her clanging punk-rock trio were just accessible enough to appease fans of Pearl Jam, but just weird enough to etch out a niche of their own. Harvey’s first two albums, Dry and Rid of Me, rock in a fairly traditional way — Rid of Me even features a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Highway 61 Revisited,” as…

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by InRO Staff Feature Articles Music

Lost in Translation | The Foreign Music We Missed in 2018

February 8, 2019

As we expressed in our other major 2018 catch-up feature, it’s a fool’s errand to try and cover every worthy release from a particular genre in a given calendar year. It’s even more absurd to try something similar for releases from every country — especially considering the wealth of rich musical traditions to be found all over the globe. But because world music artists have become ever more accessible, with the advent of streaming services, and received further attention from Western critics, we can’t help but bring attention to some of our own…

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#KickingtheCanon by Paul Attard Music

Madonna | Madonna

February 4, 2019
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A few months after the release of her self-titled debut, a then fresh-faced Madonna went on American Bandstand to perform one of her album’s biggest hits: the six-minute-long, infectiously breezy, post-disco odyssey “Holiday.” Dressed in all black and surrounded by an adoring audience, the “Detroit” native (she’s actually from Rochester Hills, which is located about 20 miles north of the city) gave an energetic performance that marked the first time many Americans got a glimpse of the soon-to-be megastar. In an…

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#KickingtheCanon by Lawrence Garcia Film

Casualties of War | Brian De Palma

February 2, 2019

In taking on the horrors of Vietnam, Brian De Palma’s Casualties of War may be said to mark a departure for the American director of such baroque Hitchcockian exercises as Body Double and Obsession. With a script by David Rabe (best known for three plays based on his experience in Vietnam), Casualties of War is based on a book of the same name by Daniel Lang, and concerns what is now referred to as the incident on Hill 92: The 1966 kidnap, gang rape, and…

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