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February 2013

by Matthew Lucas Film Kicking the Canon

The Ballad of Narayama | Keisuke Kinoshita

In Keisuke Kinoshita’s audaciously experimental The Ballad of Narayama, artifice becomes a vessel of truth, turning theatrical illusion into something boldly cinematic. Inspired by traditional Japanese Kabuki theater, Kinoshita’s film — which was shot almost completely on sound-stages — makes no effort to disguise its artificiality, transitioning its…

February 20, 2013
Kicking the Canon

The Film Canon (1950 – 1999)

A Note on Selection and Organization Criteria: The films in our canon were categorized according to the year of their U.S. theatrical release and the distributor behind it—except in cases where a.) the time between the film’s international release and its U.S. one exceeded five years, or b.) the film never…

February 19, 2013
In Review | Online film and music criticism