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Review: Public Enemies

Michael Mann's reheated crime waive
The gangster movie ruled Depression-era cinema — and that might be cause for concern about our present economic difficulties should the genre make a comeback.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 01, 2009

Soundtrack of her life

St. Vincent's latest album, Actor , goes deep
"I think that I secretly wish I was a filmmaker." Annie Clark may consider this some real hush-hush info, but even a cursory listen to Actor , her latest album (as St. Vincent), makes clear her cinematic aspirations.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 13, 2009

Pop goes Wittgenstein

Jean-Luc Godard at the Museum of Fine Arts
"We were indeed in a political film — that is to say, Walt Disney plus blood." You might have read that bit of '60s film voiceover in a book, but it's unlikely you've ever heard Anna Karina speak it.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 18, 2009

Paul Schrader at the HFA

American contradictions
"I'm not sure what happened to me," says Paul Schrader's Patty Hearst, one of the least reliable of the director's succession of unreliable narrators, in the film named for her.
By CHRIS FUJIWARA  |  January 29, 2009

Wish-fulfillment for a burning world

The 2008 heroic holiday DVD and Blu-ray gift guide
From the shining big-screen debut of Iron Man to the large amounts of green produced by the Incredible Hulk, this was the year the public couldn't get enough of their favorite heroes.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 11, 2008

In the realm of Oshima

The HFA looks back at the bad boy of Japanese cinema
The HFA looks back at the bad boy of Japanese cinema
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 05, 2008

Light show

Jagger and Scorsese start it up in Berlin
The biggest stars of this year’s Berlin Film Festival were neither actors nor directors.
By MATTIAS FREY  |  April 02, 2008

Notre ami Pierrot

Jean-Luc Godard’s 1965 omnibus rides again
“Film is like a battleground,” American director Sam Fuller pronounces famously at the cocktail party in Pierrot le fou .
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 12, 2007

Delpy days

Julie finally makes her movie
If anyone deserves to make her own movie, it’s Julie Delpy.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 22, 2007

Before and after the Riot

Sly Stone’s lost utopia
When Sly Stone sang “Listen to the voices,” who could have known that, in just three years, voices of an entirely different sort would take him over?
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  June 12, 2007

History as melodrama

Nations lie about the past.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 13, 2007

Life, truth, and Jean-Luc

2 or 3 things we know about Godard
Jean-Luc Godard is 76 now, of fading productivity and perhaps fading health, and so we’re faced with the unfathomable prospect of no longer living in the Age of Godard.
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  March 06, 2007

Cinema belongs to him

The je ne c’est quoi world of Jacques Rivette
For many backlashing film scholars and canonical cinéastes, most of the big players in the French New Wave — Truffaut, Chabrol, Rohmer, Resnais, etc. — have been, over time, at least a touch overrated, save two: Jean-Luc Godard and Jacques Rivette.
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  January 03, 2007

Twice isn’t nice

After Camel , the Yellow Dog
At Munich film school, Byambasuren Davaa had a light-bulb idea for her graduate-thesis film, one that would lead to an Oscar nomination.
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 21, 2006

Nouvelle Vague

Bande À Part | Luaka Bop
If it’s possible to give a one-trick pony legs, then French producers Marc Collin and Olivier Libau have found the secret.
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 11, 2006

Stardust memories

Willie Nelson gets to know Cindy Walker
“To become immortal, and then die.”
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  May 17, 2006

Seven heaven

Readers speak out on the best directors
Who are the world’s greatest living narrative filmmakers, what I call the Magnificent Seven?
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 28, 2006

No fooling

Gerry’s Magnificent Seven; Lie with Me
Congratulations, Robert Altman.
By GERALD PEARY  |  March 21, 2006

Hail Myriem!

Looking back at Je vous salue , Marie
It’s not just Muslims going ballistic over a secular portraiture of their divinity.
By GERALD PEARY  |  February 23, 2006

Through the Forest | À travers la forêtà

This zippy dream of love and loss spins a bare thread of a narrative in 10 kinetic single-take scenes.
By MATTIAS FREY  |  January 24, 2006

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