Pauline Kael and the Joy of Movies

Over the Christmas break, there was some long, juicy reading to be had in the form of The Age of Movies: Selected Writings of Pauline Kael. It was a good time to read something reflective, discursive, funny, and fitting for the film festival season. For many decades Ms. Kael stood out as a film critic…

Cahiers du Cinema: The Emotion of the 700th

Last month, Cahiers du Cinema produced its 700th issue, a major milestone for a niche and avant-garde publication of scholarly, political, and critical cinema writings which came out of the socio-political upheaval in Paris in the 1960s. For those of us who had to read it in school or idly picked up a copy from…

CAAMFEST 2014: All the World’s a Film

This year’s CAAMFest was the biggest yet in many ways. First, there was the sheer number of films, big-name sponsors, venues and extra-film programming, which made it much more of a culture festival. This is not entirely inappropriate for a long-standing and much admired film festival whose films often touch on experiences of cultures. Further,…