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Daily Archives: October 11, 2017

It’s difficult to discern the “best” of anything. What’s the best song? Or the best country? Or the best historical period? Quantifying anything is bound to lead to disagreement, after all. So it is with “Best” lists in general: they are, more often than not, based on opinion. Perhaps by providing a few qualifiers, however, at least some can be… Read more »

11 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Ostensibly the middle film in Aki Kaurismäki’s still in the works Le Havre harbor trilogy (following 2011’s Le Havre), The Other Side of Hope is another eccentric humanist tale from the forever happy-sad Finnish auteur. Once again achieving the blissful balance between melancholy and mirth, Kaurismäki offers up flapdoodle optimism in this shaggy-dog detour involving a former shirt salesman named… Read more »

11 October 2017 | Reviews

Delving into equal parts poignancy and playfulness with surety and poise, Greta Gerwig makes an impressive and unhesitating directorial debut with the charismatic coming-of-age comedy Lady Bird. A rare and relatable portrait of youth, and from a female perspective (Gerwig also wrote the screenplay), this is a film effected with affection, authenticity, and deliberate indulgence. Set in Sacramento, California in… Read more »

11 October 2017 | Reviews

David Cronenberg is one of the few, if not the only directors in the film industry that has established himself as prolific and legendary filmmaker by writing, producing and directing mostly horror movies. What separated Cronenberg from other filmmakers in the horror genre is his films were always thought provoking, visceral, and ahead of their time. While Cronenberg never disappointed… Read more »

11 October 2017 | Features, Other Lists

When the era of black-and-white movies drew to a close in the 1930s and 1940s, filmmakers were confronted with an endless load of possibilities regarding the visual use of color. It didn’t take long for the directors to figure out the potential of color and its semantic capabilities. The following list will present 10 directors who know or knew how… Read more »

11 October 2017 | Features, People Lists