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by Zachary Goldkind Film Retrospective

Li Hsiang’s Love Line | Tsai Ming-liang

June 4, 2020

Prior to the solidification of Tsai Ming-liang’s career, which is arguably realized with his first Lee Kang-Sheng collaboration (in the television commissioned project Boys), there was Li Hsiang’s Love Line, a rather frugal yet quietly evocative film which offers an intriguing relationship explicated through a formal usurping and disruption of any expected union of characters, and an ever quieter subversion of the sexualized gaze. The narrative is as simply summed up as the economical blocking of the second shot:  Li…

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by Sean Gilman Retrospective

Bicycle Sighs | Sion Sono

Sion Sono’s 1990 debut feature is a coming-of-age story heavily influenced by the then-fashionable minimalist style, but with a few of its own distinctive quirks. Sono himself plays Shiro, one of three friends who hang around, deliver newspapers, and study for their college entrance exams.…

August 8, 2016
#KickingtheCanon by Tom Elrod Film

Miller’s Crossing | Joel & Ethan Coen

The Coen Brothers have a habit of using an innocuous object as a catalyst for many of their convoluted plots. This is slightly different from Hitchcock’s favored “MacGuffin,” the thing everybody in the story wants though nobody really cares what it is. Think of…

July 13, 2015
#KickingtheCanon by Budd Wilkins Film

Santa Sangre | Alejandro Jodorowsky

A three-ring circus exhibiting acts of murder, mutilation, sexual frenzy, and religious fanaticism, Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Santa Sangre has a little something to perturb everyone. The story centers on serial murderer Fenix (Axel Jodorowsky), a young man burdened with a mother fixation unlikely enough to make even Norman…

May 4, 2015
by Simon Abrams by Steve Carlson Podcasts

Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 6

#6: O Captain, Not My Captain: Cinema’s Anti-American Captain Americas Download episode here. Episode Description: What’s on tap for this month? Anti-Americanism! Or at least a version therein, as Simon & Steve discover that an iconic superhero on the page has invariably seemed a lot less iconic when…

August 22, 2011
by Simon Abrams by Steve Carlson Podcasts

Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 5

#5: The Tree of Death: Rooting Around in the Killer Tree Subgenre Download episode here. Episode Description: This month, Simon & Steve tackle a fundamentally ridiculous topic when they decide to go rooting around in the very small killer-tree subgenre. (Tree? Rooting? You see what I…

June 13, 2011
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