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The Sublime Beauty of Kogonada's Columbus
Director brings his indie drama to AFS Cinema
Screens Story  August 24, 2017, by Kahron Spearman
"...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...."

Scenes From a Creative Partnership
The Austin Film Society presents the films of Ingmar Bergman and Liv Ullmann in its new series
Screens Story  June 26, 2014, by Josh Kupecki
"...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...."

Roadracers
In his first outing (this time his job responsibilities scaled back to director, co-writer, and editor) since the surprise success of El Mariachi, Rodriguez has helmed the perfect AIP 1950s...
Film Review  July 22, 1994, by Louis Black
"...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..."

Holiday Gifts for Fans of the Big and Small Screen
From essential box sets to writers’ wisdom: stocking fillers and the gifts that keep on giving for your watching pleasure
Screens Story  December 6, 2018, by Richard Whittaker, Julian DeBerry, Danielle White and James Renovitch
"...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..."

Queen of Earth
Elisabeth Moss stars in Alex Ross Perry's elliptical psychodrama
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Film Review  September 11, 2015, by Josh Kupecki
"...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..."

Paramount Announces Summer Classic Film Series Lineup
See the whole schedule and get some tickets to escape the heat
DAILY Screens  May 16, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

Letters @ 3AM
Ingmar Bergman, Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini: The great achievement of these film directors was to create living souls to look at, that we might know ourselves
Columns  August 17, 2007, by Michael Ventura
"...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..."

What Dreams May Come
Beautiful dreams these be indeed. What Dreams May Come is a stunningly original visual journey to heaven, hell, and beyond. But like most dreams revisited with eyes wide open, this...
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Film Review  October 2, 1998, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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..."

Tarzan and Arab Come to Austin
The Gaza film makers see their first film in the perfect cinema
DAILY Screens  October 30, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

Remembering the Classics
Texas Film Hall of Famer Michael Barker reflects on Austin's film scene
Screens Story  March 3, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

Letters at 3AM
Even though 2002 was an exceptional year for American cinema, American art has never been more marginalized, ghettoized, and controlled, than it is today.
Columns  January 10, 2003, by Michael Ventura
"...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..."

Night of the Living Dead, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween, Last House on the Left
Louis Black reviews Night of the Living Dead, Last House on the Left, Texas Chain-saw Massacre, and Halloween -- all featured in IFC's new documentary, American Nightmare
Screens Review  October 27, 2000, by Louis Black
"...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..."

DVD Match
Antonioni vs. Bergman from beyond the grave
Screens Review  August 3, 2007, by Spencer Parsons
"...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..."

Homage To An Old Marquee
Columns  January 23, 1998, by Michael Ventura
"...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..."

TV Eye
Good riddance to Bill Maher, with reservations.
Screens Column  June 28, 2002, by Belinda Acosta
"...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..."

The Fallen Idol
The first of three collaborations between Carol Reed and Graham Greene
Screens Review  November 17, 2006, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...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..."

How to Get an Education in Film
Austin Film Society Projections
Screens Story  October 27, 1995
"...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...."

Oh, Ho, Oslo!
Norwegian spotlight
Screens Story  September 24, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...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 Cinema
An encyclopedic overview of the grimy-great underbelly of Swedish exploitation films
Screens Review  April 29, 2011, by Marc Savlov
"...Swedish Sensationsfilms: A Clandestine History of Sex, Thrillers, and Kicker Cinemaby Daniel Ekeroth (translated by Magnus Henriksson) Bazillion Points, 320 pp., $19.95 (paper)..."

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