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February 2020

by InRO Staff Festival Coverage Film

Berlin Film Festival 2020 | Dispatch 2: The Salt of Tears, Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue, Undine

February 28, 2020

Our second dispatch from the 2020 Berlin International Film Festival does something a little different from our familiar festival coverage pieces. Below, a trio of writers go long on three international master filmmakers — Philippe Garrel, Jia Zhanke, and Christian Petzold — providing retrospective contexts that inform these, their latest films, which include: The Salt of Tears, Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue, and Undine. Check back next week for our third dispatch, which will return to standard blurb…

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#BlockbusterBeat by Matt Lynch Film

The Invisible Man | Leigh Whannell

From the 1933 original to Paul Verhoeven’s Hollow Man, the cinematic iterations of Invisible Men have generally dealt with how a lack of accountability tends to bring out the worst in people, and they typically grant already somewhat sociopathic or narcissistic male characters with…

February 27, 2020
#KickingtheCanon by Lawrence Garcia Film

The Hole | Tsai Ming-liang

In his essential Jerry Lewis essay “The Jerriad: A Clown Painting,” film critic B. Kite discusses the lineage of classic clowns like Chaplin, Keaton, and Laurel and Hardy, saying: “The great comedians are metaphysicians. Through their relations with space and interactions with the material…

February 27, 2020
#KickingtheCanon by Daniel Gorman Film

La Promesse | Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne

Kent Jones once wrote that Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne’s 1999 film Rosetta had “a fearsome unity, an unshakable commitment to rendering the contours of a destitute life and the ever present possibility of spiritual transformation.” Indeed, this is an apt description of not just…

February 21, 2020
by InRO Staff Festival Coverage Film

Neighboring Scenes 2020

Neighboring Scenes ends its short Film at Lincoln Center engagement today, and we are happy to be covering it for the first time in this, its fifth year. Celebrating contemporary Latin American cinema, in its myriad forms and cinematic modes, Neighboring Scenes uses big…

February 18, 2020
#BlockbusterBeat by Steven Warner Film

Downhill | Nat Faxon & Jim Rash

The majority of American moviegoers probably have no idea that the new comedy Downhill is a remake of 2014’s French/Swedish co-production Force Majeure, directed by Ruben Ostlund. And so, in an bid at fairness and imagination, this review will attempt to abstain from comparison…

February 18, 2020
#KickingtheCanon by Brendan Nagle Music

Eno | Here Come the Warm Jets

Brian Eno will always be best known for his invention of ambient music (or at least its coinage) and for his work as the producer extraordinaire behind such classics as Remain In Light, The Joshua Tree, and Bowie’s Berlin Trilogy, but the avant garde,…

February 18, 2020
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