#KickingtheCanon by Daniel Gorman Film

Independence Day | Roland Emmerich

July 4, 2020

The summer of 1996 saw the release of three huge blockbusters that would in one way or another influence the next 20 odd years of Hollywood filmmaking. Twister revived the moribund eco-disaster picture, while Mission: Impossible gave global superstar Tom Cruise his very own (ongoing) action franchise. The third title was Independence Day, an alien invasion sci-fi adventure flick that, like Twister, evoked the structure of the 70s disaster film, amplified with cutting edge special effects. Of the three, Independence Day was the biggest hit, making almost $900…

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#KickingtheCanon by Ayeen Forootan Film

Possession | Andrzej Zulawski

More comparable to Walerian Borowczyk than any other well-known Polish filmmaker, Andrzej Zulawski never really gained more than a dedicated cult following during his career. Even Possession, a disturbing classic of the horror genre, remains underappreciated by mainstream audiences. The film is set in…

July 2, 2020
#KickingtheCanon by Selina Lee Film

Thelma & Louise | Ridley Scott

At the crossroads of about a half-dozen genres and borrowing the best that each has to offer, there’s no other movie quite like Ridley Scott’s Thelma & Louise. It’s remarkable that a Brit previously known for atmospheric slow-burns like Alien and Blade Runner helmed…

June 27, 2020
#KickingtheCanon by Luke Gorham Film

Vive L’amour | Tsai Ming-liang

In many ways, Tsai Ming-liang’s Vive L’amour follows (or establishes, given its chronological situation within his filmography) many of the director’s most characteristic tendencies. From the outset, wonky angles capture images in slight distortion; primary characters exhaust nearly half of the film’s runtime before any…

June 10, 2020
#KickingtheCanon by Josh Brunsting Film

The Quince Tree Sun | Victor Erice

With the 2020 Cannes Film Festival shuttered in the wake of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, the spring festival’s storied history is once again on the minds of cinephiles across the globe. A festival well over 70 years old, it’s become the most prestigious…

May 29, 2020
#KickingtheCanon by Daniel Gorman Film

New Rose Hotel | Abel Ferrara

For virtually his entire career, Abel Ferrara has seemed to occupy a liminal space in film criticism, not unlike the spaces his characters seem to so often find themselves in — seedy bars, brothels, hotel rooms, all way stations on the road to nowhere.…

May 13, 2020
#KickingtheCanon by Paul Attard Film

Blue | Derek Jarman

Classifying Blue strictly as a piece of cinema seems like a rather odd distinction, considering Derek Jarman breaks the cardinal sin of the medium by removing any and all moving images from his final product. Instead, we’re given only one image — or, only…

May 7, 2020
#KickingtheCanon by Selina Lee Film

Elevator to the Gallows | Louis Malle

Haunting, melancholy, and achingly cool, Louis Malle’s 1958 debut Elevator to the Gallows (Ascenseur pour L’échafaud) laid the cinematic foundations for motifs and aesthetics that are now shorthand for French New Wave. This tautly paced noir thriller, which takes place over the course of…

April 29, 2020
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