Feature Articles

by Kenji Fujishima Feature Articles Film

MoMA’s Chinese Realities/Documentary Visions and the Anti-City Symphony Disorder

May 9, 2013

If we’re talking about a “golden age of documentaries,” as many seem to be doing these days, then we really should be talking more about the recent influx of documentaries coming out of China. With the Communist Chinese government as repressive as it is, more filmmakers there are turning to the documentary form to catalog and explore the various injustices and inequalities they see in their society, among other subjects. Even better, these filmmakers are bringing their own distinctive personal…

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by John Oursler Feature Articles Film

Isabella Rossellini Remembers a Voyage to Italy

May 3, 2013
Isabella Rossellini Remembers a Voyage to Italy

On Wednesday night, New York’s Film Forum unveiled a gorgeous digital restoration (courtesy Janus Films) of Roberto Rossellini’s masterful relationship drama Voyage to Italy. The film marked the fourth in a string of six films over a five-year period that the director completed with his then-wife Ingrid Bergman. An enthusiastic crowd gathered for the sold-out event as the famed couple’s daughter, Isabella Rossellini, was on hand to introduce and speak about the film, her parents and their legacy.…

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by Daniel Gorman Feature Articles Film

Bullet to the Head Director Walter Hill’s Action Poetry

February 1, 2013
Walter Hill's Action Poetry

Today marks the return of Walter Hill to the big screen—with the Sylvester Stallone-starring Bullet to the Head, the director’s first theatrically released film since 2002’s Undisputed. His two-hander action poetry has surely been missed; it’s the kind of tough, taciturn, no-nonsense genre filmmaking that’s frequently dismissed by middlebrow critics and sorely lacking in today’s blockbuster-spectacle-superhero-driven marketplace. Hill, like his contemporary John McTiernan (or Howard Hawks before them), specializes in genre films revolving around professionals doing a “job of work,”…

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by A.A. Dowd Feature Articles Film

Alternating Currents | Under Construction: Notes on the ‘Notes’ of Saul Levine

August 7, 2010

Most of us are loathe to admit it, but the job of a film critic is, more often than not, that of a glorified publicist. The best among us aspire to more—to enlightenment, to intellectual engagement, to the communication of everything this oh-so-young artistic medium is capable of conveying. On our best days, we get there. Other days, working the beat, grinding out the copy, we forget the difference between what we do and what those Hollywood mad men do.…

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by InRO Staff Feature Articles Film

Best of the Decade in Horror (2000 – 2009)

November 1, 2009
Wolf Creek banner

Few genres lend themselves as well to a specific holiday as horror does to Halloween. Not every film of the genre directly connects with the holiday (though there’s about 90 Halloween sequels to compensate), but the vibe of Halloween night, the tradition of dressing up like so many horror movie icons, certainly aligns the two in a way that’s hard to deny. So on the occasion of the last Halloween in the first decade of the new millennium…

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