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#KickingtheCanon by Selina Lee Film

Terminator 2: Judgment Day | James Cameron

November 20, 2019

Terminator 2: Judgment Day is an early entry in what’s now a sprawling, multimedia franchise that includes TV, video games, and graphic novels. But James Cameron’s film feels as bracing and exhilarating today as it did upon its release almost thirty years ago. The film opens with glimpses of Los Angeles, overpopulated and banal, before cutting to the war against machines, where the once-familiar landscape is now paved with human skulls. Cameron, never known to do anything half-heartedly, balances requisite…

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by Sam C. Mac Music Retrospective

Cui Jian | Solution

Cui Jian’s status as a cultural icon was largely staked on the reputation of his first breakout song, “Nothing to My Name”: its progression from televised debut at a 1986 stadium show to anthem of the 1989 student protesters in Tiananmen Square. The song’s…

September 2, 2019
#KickingtheCanon by Daniel Gorman Film

Days of Being Wild | Wong Kar-wai

Though Days of Being Wild is Wong Kar-Wai’s second feature, in many ways it’s a film of firsts. It’s his first collaboration with Christopher Doyle (arguably the most important director/cinematographer partnership in modern cinema), his first brush with building a stock company of performers, and perhaps most…

July 16, 2015
#KickingtheCanon by Zach Lewis Film

A Brighter Summer Day | Edward Yang

Edward Yang has often been lumped in with the “slow cinema” of his Taiwanese compatriot, Hou Hsiao-hsien. And it’s true that Yang’s 2000 film, Yi Yi, moves quite slowly, basking in wide shots and long takes, and impressing upon the viewer a deliberate, contemplative tempo. But that film represents a logical maturation of…

January 21, 2014
by Calum Marsh Retrospective

Close Up | Abbas Kiarostami

Whether a film does or does not present the truth seems considerably less important to us than whether or not it intends to do so. That is, we don’t really care whether a movie is based in fact or based in fiction so much as…

September 5, 2011
by Simon Abrams by Steve Carlson Podcasts

Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 4

#4: Rotten With Crazy Imaginations: E.T. Knock-Offs from Around the World Download episode here. Episode Description: Inspired by the release of Greg Mottola’s Paul, Simon & Steve go sailing around the world in search of the weirdest, funkiest E.T. ripoffs they can find. Somehow, this leads to German porn.…

April 18, 2011
In Review | Online film and music criticism