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January 2020

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Before We Vanish by Daniel Gorman Film

VHYes | Jack Henry Robbins

VHYes is a wannabe absurdist curiosity but is instead an interminable viewing experience. Jack Henry Robbins’ VHYes is the kitschy, post-ironic, pseudo-found footage 80’s pastiche the world didn’t need. A mix between documentary and sketch comedy modes, VHYes follows Ralph, a young boy who has been gifted a…

January 25, 2020
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by Ayeen Forootan Film Horizon Line

Weathering with You | Makoto Shinkai

Weathering with You is a heartwarming and delicately animated escapist fantasy finds hope in hardscrabble realities. Makoto Shinkai has already proved himself  an idiosyncratic anime filmmaker whose singular universe is gradually shaped and expanded through each new work, his stories largely revolving around teenage couples…

January 25, 2020
by Selina Lee Film Kicking the Canon

Fists in the Pocket | Marco Bellocchio

“Whatever was going to happen has already happened,” says the protagonist of Marco Bellocchio’s 1965 debut feature, Fists in the Pocket (I pugni in tasca). This is one of many tautologies Alessandro (Lou Castel) will pronounce throughout the film, adding to an already stifling cinematic experience…

January 24, 2020
by Brendan Nagle Film Kicking the Canon

Le Bonheur | Agnes Varda

The first image of Agnes Varda’s 1965 film Le Bonheur (meaning “happiness” in English) is that of a yellow sunflower beaming in the radiant light of a perfect summer day. As the opening credits appear on-screen, we cut to another similarly-situated sunflower, and then to…

January 23, 2020
by Daniel Gorman Film Kicking the Canon

Alien | Ridley Scott

…Casablanca is not just one film. It is many films, an anthology. Made haphazardly, it probably made itself, if not actually against the will of its authors and actors, then at least beyond their control. And this is the reason it works, in spite of…

January 23, 2020
by Selina Lee Film Kicking the Canon

Badlands | Terrence Malick

Over a decade before the Coen Brothers released their neo-noir, blood-soaked vision of Americana, Blood Simple, Terrence Malick’s Badlands etched into the public consciousness a particularly languid flavor of Midwestern cruelty. Loosely based on the true story of Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate’s…

January 23, 2020
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