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#KickingtheCanon by Josh Brunsting Film

The Quince Tree Sun | Victor Erice

May 29, 2020

With the 2020 Cannes Film Festival shuttered in the wake of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, the spring festival’s storied history is once again on the minds of cinephiles across the globe. A festival well over 70 years old, it’s become the most prestigious festival on the annual calendar, with its award winners often defaultly pushed into the global cinema conversation regarding a respective year’s best offerings. And yet, history is a different story, and some of these works become…

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#KickingtheCanon by Daniel Gorman Film

New Rose Hotel | Abel Ferrara

For virtually his entire career, Abel Ferrara has seemed to occupy a liminal space in film criticism, not unlike the spaces his characters seem to so often find themselves in — seedy bars, brothels, hotel rooms, all way stations on the road to nowhere.…

May 13, 2020
#KickingtheCanon by Paul Attard Film

Blue | Derek Jarman

Classifying Blue strictly as a piece of cinema seems like a rather odd distinction, considering Derek Jarman breaks the cardinal sin of the medium by removing any and all moving images from his final product. Instead, we’re given only one image — or, only…

May 7, 2020
#KickingtheCanon by Selina Lee Film

Elevator to the Gallows | Louis Malle

Haunting, melancholy, and achingly cool, Louis Malle’s 1958 debut Elevator to the Gallows (Ascenseur pour L’échafaud) laid the cinematic foundations for motifs and aesthetics that are now shorthand for French New Wave. This tautly paced noir thriller, which takes place over the course of…

April 29, 2020
#KickingtheCanon by Patrick Devitt Film

Smoking/No Smoking | Alain Resnais

Alain Resnais’s ingenuity as a filmmaker is on full display in his adaptation of one of the British theater’s most complex and rewarding works, Intimate Exchanges. A theatrical octet written between 1982 and 1983 by prolific playwright Alan Ayckbourn, the work is comprised of…

April 24, 2020
#KickingtheCanon by Daniel Gorman Film

Mission: Impossible | Brian De Palma

In their 2015 documentary, De Palma, Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow let iconoclastic writer/director Brian De Palma speak about each of his films, chronologically, from early student films to 2013’s Passion. A fascinating (if minor) document, De Palma serves one important function: it locates…

April 1, 2020
#KickingtheCanon by Lawrence Garcia Film

Mauvais sang | Leos Carax

“I’ve only loved girls with dead fathers.” So says Denis Lavant’s young criminal Alex during the midpoint nocturne of Mauvais sang, the sophomore feature of one Leos Carax, born Alex Christophe Dupont in 1960, the year of Breathless. Made when the director was just…

March 28, 2020
#KickingtheCanon by Selina Lee Film

Chungking Express | Wong Kar-wai

“I didn’t know you never wake up from some dreams.” says Officer 663 (Tony Leung Chiu-Wai), one of many lovelorn characters in Wong Kar-wai’s 1994 cult classic Chungking Express. Shot in less than a month on handheld cameras, it was meant to be something…

March 26, 2020
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