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by Lawrence Garcia Film Retrospective

Sand | Tsai Ming-liang

June 18, 2020

It has become increasingly evident that 2009 was a major turning point in Tsai Ming-liang’s artistic development: Madame Butterfly marked his first, decisive shift to digital, while Face, a commission of the Louvre Museum, inaugurated a significant turn towards gallery and installation work. In these respects, Sand, the latest entry in his ongoing Walker series, stands as a significant waypoint in this trajectory. Like the rest of the series, it sees Lee Kang-sheng inch across a series of static landscape…

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by Zachary Goldkind Film Retrospective

Your Face | Tsai Ming-liang

In considering the artistic decay posed within the persisting practice of archetypal expository documentary, Your Face represents a confrontation with history and convention, here mapped in the contours and minute expressions playing out across a variety of people. A selection of 12 faces interact…

June 18, 2020
#StreamingScene by Matthew Lucas Film

Bird Box | Susanne Bier

The central premise of Susanne Bier’s Bird Box sounds like some unholy (and unlikely) mashup of John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place and M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening, without the stylistic freshness of the former or the go-for-broke battiness of the latter. If we’re playing a game of This-or-That, Bird Box is…

January 3, 2019
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