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Daily Archives: November 20, 2016

If you are a film hero, or at least a protagonist, having a sidekick is the only way to go. They can perform a variety of functions including: a. Accompany you on your brave adventures b. Be there to explain complex situations c. Laugh at all your jokes d. Be the comic relief e. Take the brunt of the damage… Read more »

20 November 2016 | Features, Other Lists

“[Dead Man] is the Western Andrei Tarkovsky wanted to make.” – J. Hoberman   The Place of Dead Roads Ohio-born Indie auteur Jim Jarmusch refurbishes the black-and-white Western the way a 19th century Native American might see it––as a murderous and genocidal head trip heralding the deadly homecoming of capitalism. Woven into the light threads of this gossamer nightmare is… Read more »

20 November 2016 | Features, Reviews

The decline of the major studios that had started in the previous decade continued in the 80s, with Toho, Toei, Nikkatsu, and Shochiku barely hanging on. The lack of funds started a new trend, the direct-to-video productions, that drew many new artists due to the creative freedom it offered. Akira Kurosawa continued shooting masterpieces, while another Kurosawa, Kiyoshi, started drawing… Read more »

20 November 2016 | Features, Film Lists

“I respect my audience, and I assume they come to the theatre with a certain level of intelligence, but I don’t pander to them. I feel like, ‘Look, I’m going to take you somewhere, you can go or not go, but here is where we’re going’. I like that attitude when I see movies.” – Steven Soderbergh   The stars… Read more »

20 November 2016 | Features, Reviews