"...Ultimately, Kogonada eschews cinematic wheel re-creation, instead electing to establish profound truths found in his study, and of more comprehensive depictions of Asian men...."
"...This July, the Austin Film Society celebrates the collaboration between one of the 20th century's most influential filmmakers and his greatest muse with the Essential Cinema series "Liv and Ingmar." The coupling and creative impact of Ingmar Bergman and Liv Ullmann not only invigorated Bergman's career, but left an indelible mark on film history...."
"...This is a brilliant popular culture jam, a combining of visual, narrative, and symbolic elements into a hell boiling over drive-in smash. Rodriguez makes beautiful movies; there are at least three sustained interludes, set to a specific beat, in which the film is cut in a rock & roll style three non-musical musical numbers in which the fluidity of Rodriguez's cinema transcends the movie, any movie, and rocks..."
"...The grieving period amongst cinephiles for FilmStruck, the streaming platform from TCM and the Criterion Collection that came and went too quickly, was short-lived. Criterion, always on a mission to broaden the availability of cinema's greatest pleasures, is here to ease your worries with the launch of the Criterion Channel, a freestanding service that is currently aiming for a spring 2019 release..."
"...Moss is stunning as Catherine, giving a fearless, compelling performance, and Perry yet again demonstrates his versatility as a director. The filmmaker’s riff on these cinema tropes is spot-on, with special mentions to editor Robert Greene, whose fade-to-black scene endings and deftly disorienting cuts between times are unnerving, and Keegan DeWitt, whose ominous soundtrack, sometimes single piano notes, other times a mix of chimes and discordant clarinets, perfectly complement Catherine’s unraveling..."
"...Throw in Terrence Malick's Badlands, and that quartet makes up Star Crossed Lovers, just one of a broad selection of special programming that makes up the schedule at the Paramount and neighboring Stateside. Two giants of cinema get special nods, starting with Peter Sellers, Scene Stealer, followed by Hitchcock Week's celebration of one of the masters of crime cinema..."
"...Fellini, Bergman, and Antonioni are forceful to us by their very foreignness, seeing the world as no American could. They were Europeans who charged themselves with re-creating not only cinema but art itself, after the colossal failure of European culture that was World War II..."
"...Both succeed to much greater degrees than What Dreams May Come, perhaps because of their more modest budgets and scale. Ward is one of the contemporary cinema's true visionaries and it's always worthwhile to anticipate what new dreams may come from his imagination..."
"...In between running the Drafthouse, Fantastic Fest and becoming a father for the first time, League and his staff have done the seemingly impossible – brought two film makers from Gaza to Austin. Not just to show their short film, Colourful Journey, and not just to see it in a cinema for the first time, but to see any film in a cinema for the first time..."
"...This year, the UT graduate and co-president/co-founder of Sony Pictures Classics enters the Texas Film Hall of Fame as the first recipient of The Austin Chronicle Champion of the Arts award. He may not have the casual name recognition of his fellow honorees – Grey's Anatomy's Chandra Wilson; Rising Star award recipient and Friday Night Lights alum Jesse Plemons; and TV comedy legend Carol Burnett – but as a professional champion of independent and independently minded film, his impact on cinema is immeasurable..."
"...Our "best-of" lists in the last Chronicle concurred that 2002 was an exceptional year in cinema. (My list neglected the unusually honest We Were Soldiers and Diane Lane's fine work in Unfaithful; since my last deadline I've also seen The Hours, a stunning experience.) For the first time in a long time it's felt important to see movies -- important in the sense that nothing in the universe is a one-way street..."
"...Val Lewton helped the genre evolve in the Forties with a series of stunning low-budget horror films including Cat People (1942), The Leopard Man (1943), I Walked With a Zombie (1943), and The Curse of the Cat People (1944). Lewton managed to overcome cost restrictions through cinematic imagination..."
"...The roar of the stock-exchange trading floor in L'Eclisse rates as one of the few truly apocalyptic, get-out-of-the-theatre-level effects I've experienced in cinema, and the exquisitely timed hard cut to this awful soundscape convinces me equally of Antonioni's refined musical sense and his innate sadism. I may personally prefer Richard Linklater's elegant theft of a sequence revisiting empty spaces where the film's lovers have met for the ending of Before Sunrise -- not least since that movie's absences refer to something like actual people..."
"...Thousands of independent filmmakers attend dozens of festivals, while everywhere schools offer degrees in film. Today the culture of cinema, from its beginnings to the present, is as accessible as the culture of books..."
"...Additional screen dates are July 10, 13, 18, and 29. Bring out the Good Stuff Also on the Sundance Channel comes the summer series Classic World Cinema from the Criterion Collection..."
"...When lists of the greatest directors in film history are compiled, they invariably feature names like Akira Kurosawa, Ingmar Bergman, Jean-Luc Godard, and other bums, Carol Reed is rarely, if ever, mentioned. Though The Third Man is widely considered a classic, list-compilers and film historians often act as if it simply appeared out of the ether just a happy accident of cinematography, location, and Ferris wheel oratory and as though Reed were just a passive spectator to his own production..."
"...But filmmaking has existed as a business, a science, an art, and an alternate reality, for a scant 100 years. And as people around the world prepare centennial celebrations of the invention of cinema, here in Austin, another milestone is being celebrated: the 10th anniversary of the Austin Film Society...."
"...Velkommen, filmmakers of Norway! This year's spotlight nation at Fantastic Fest may not have the cinematic cachet of some of its Scandinavian neighbors (hey, Sweden, not everyone gets an Ingmar Bergman), but if you think its contribution to film ends with subbing for Hoth on The Empire Strikes Back and providing moose jokes for Monty Python and the Holy Grail, it's time to reconsider the icy nation's cultural possibilities...."
"...Swedish Sensationsfilms: A Clandestine History of Sex, Thrillers, and Kicker Cinemaby Daniel Ekeroth (translated by Magnus Henriksson) Bazillion Points, 320 pp., $19.95 (paper)..."