1 Feb 2016 Film Roundup

MoMA’s Death is My Dance Partner celebrates film noir in post-war Argentina this month…Sundance Institute announces its 2016 Feature Film awards…Whit Stillman appropriately channels Jane Austen in his latest feature, Love & Friendship…the Divine Bette Midler stars in Marc Jacobs’ SS16 pret-a-porter campaign…filmmaker and journalist Laura Poitras’ Astro Noise opens 5 Feb at the Whitney…

15 Jan 2016 Film Round-up

Sundance Film Festival opens 21 January in Park City with six indigenous filmmakers premiering…the latest from the Coen Brothers, the delightfully-titled Hail Caesar! opens February (never thought we’d see Channing Tatum and Tilda Swinton in the same film)…the New York Jewish Film Festival, which opened this week at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, includes…

2015 SF Indie Film Fest: For the Plasma

I’d like to see this narrative feature as a gallery installation: the landscape of Northern Maine which the filmmakers capture is full of the small sounds of summer life, the sturdy grey rocks of the coast, the lush greens and purposeful but relaxed pace of the country.  Juxtaposed with shots of computer and TV screens…

El Mariachi (1992)

A classic, and still as enjoyable, funny, and poignant today as when Robert Rodriguez showed it to great acclaim at Sundance and Independent Spirit Awards. Made on a shoestring budget of $7,000, the film has an honest immediacy which is appealing and cements its status as a classic. With some Fellini-esque dream sequences, Western showdowns…