Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz, the director’s autobiographical look at the world which he occupied, a place that straddled cinema and the theatre to fatally damaging effect, won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1980. It remains one of the most affecting American movies of the second half of the twentieth century. Continue reading
It’s a landmark week for problematic Columbia Tristar sequels in home video.
In Arthur Penn’s 1975 film Night Moves, a movie that shares a name with American filmmaker Kelly Reichardt’s latest picture, but little else, that film’s protagonist, the outta-be-iconic Harry Moseby pointedly declares that he “saw a Rohmer film once. It was kinda like watching paint dry”. Some might apply the same sentiment towards the work of Reichardt, a thoughtful, temporally daring filmmaker. Continue reading
The Dardennes are two of the most reliable filmmakers in the world. For almost two decades now they’ve been producing epoch defining cinema, while in 2012’s The Kid With A Bike they produced one of that year’s highlights of the year in cinema. Continue reading
I’ve been meaning to mention Scalarama for a while now, but it got lost in the deluge of busy-ness that has been August. It all kicks off next week, and runs September 1st thru 30th. Events take place across the UK, and more information can be found in a specially produced Scalarama newspaper, physical copies of which can be picked up in certain venues, or it can be read online here. I’ll be at one of the screenings of Satantango, organised by A Nos Amours.
Truffaut, Lang and Herzog dominate the week in home video. Continue reading
Coming of age in the late 1990s Belle And Sebastian, the 7-piece chamber pop outfit from Glasgow were something of a near-mythical enigma. Their first record, 1996’s Tigermilk was impossibly difficult to get hold of for a 13-year-old wannabe indie popster, intrigued about the band upon reading of their adventures in the New Musical Express and Melody Maker.
In cinephile circles there are a number of figures upon whom enough tribute can ever be paid. Continue reading