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by Charles Lyons-Burt Film

The Forbidden Room | Guy Maddin

December 4, 2015

Period homages or allusions to Hollywood’s past can be diminished without a new perspective to contextualize them. This is to say, reviving a given style can be limiting without some novel approach to invigorate the attempt. A twitchy grab-bag of colorful visuals and narrative digressions, Evan Johnson and Guy Maddin’s The Forbidden Room burrows deep into early 20th century cinema, but its interested primarily in maintaining its stream of anachronistic lunacy. One grows accustomed to its herky-jerky editing style and lurching pace, established in the film’s schizophrenic opening credits which…

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Drew Hunt Film

Memphis | Tim Sutton

Vividly shot in the titular city, Memphis is the sophomore film from Tim Sutton, writer-director of the digressive, virtually plotless coming-of-age film Pavilion, whose lush pictorialism owes more to European traditions than typical American-independent styles. Though significantly more conventional by comparison, Memphis shares with…

September 5, 2014
by Carson Lund Film

You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet | Alain Resnais

As with the latest films by Manoel de Oliveira and — prior to his recent passing — Raul Ruiz, it’s tempting to digest a new film by the 91-year-old French director Alain Resnais as an all-encompassing swan song, a final testament on the filmmaker’s accumulated thoughts on cinema…

June 7, 2013
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