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Herschell Gordon Lewis – Boin-n-g (1963)

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What could be better than Dave Friedman and Herschell Gordon Lewis lampooning themselves and the sexploitation industry? Well…OK, fine.. a lot of things, but it’s fun to watch just the same.

Two aspiring filmmakers get their start in the “nudie cutie” business after watching a Daughter of the Sun w/ The Adventures of Lucky Pierre double feature (two previous Lewis/Friedman productions). Read More »

Jonas Mekas – Report from Millbrook (1966)

Max Goldberg wrote:
Jonas Mekas’ elegant report on a Poughkeepsie police department’s raid of Timothy Leary’s base-of-operations amply demonstrates the political potential of his diary filmmaking. The film’s protest is lodged in the disjunction between sound and image, with Mekas’ intimate, idyllic footage of the Millbrook property undercutting audio of the sheriff’s fear-mongering rationales. The interview was itself an act of subterfuge as East Village Other writer Bob Simmons posed as a buttoned-up reporter from the solidly mainstream Look to get his exclusive. As Simmons simply gives the sheriff enough rope to hang himself, Mekas’ montage leaves the outrage to the audience. Read More »

Larry Clark – Marfa Girl 2 (2018)

A family living in Marfa, Texas attempts to pull themselves back together after a horrific tragedy. The provocative sequel to Larry Clark’s film Marfa Girl shows us a group of people ready to escape their current realities – no matter the cost. Gritty, unrelenting, and powerful, auteur Clark once again delivers a bleak landscape of sex, drugs, and boredom amongst the residents of a dead-end Texas border town. Read More »

Josef von Sternberg – An American Tragedy (1931)

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Having just reached adulthood, Clyde Griffiths has always lamented his lot in life, he the only son of poor missionaries. He has gotten a peripheral view of society life, to which he aspires, in his work as a bellhop at an upscale hotel. If being truthful to himself, he would admit that he lacks moral strength, he often taking the easiest but perhaps not the most ethical path to protect himself. Forced to move from place to place out of circumstance, he ends up in Lycurgus, New York working at the Samuel Griffiths Collar and Shirt factory, Samuel Griffiths his paternal uncle. Not knowing his uncle or his family, Clyde only wants a chance to get ahead, not expecting anything else from his wealthy relations. After an apprenticeship, Clyde ends up as the foreman in the stamping department. Read More »

Stan Brakhage & Philip S. Solomon – Seasons… (2002)

Letterboxd wrote:
Brakhage’s hand carvings directly into the film emulsions are illuminated and textured by Solomon’s lighting and optical printing. Read More »

Charlotte Zwerin – Music for the Movies: Toru Takemitsu (1994)

Documentary about Toru Takemitsu, composer of the extraordinary scores for such films as Kwaidan, Woman In the Dunes, Ran, and many others. Illustrated with scenes from these films and others, and with interviews with Takemitsu and various directors. Includes studio recording sessions. In English and Japanese, with burnt in English subtitles. Read More »

Robert Siodmak – Phantom Lady (1944)

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Phantom Lady (1944) is one of the high points of ’40s film noir, the title alone evoking a potent mythology of this era. At the center of its narrative is the seemingly hopeless search for the title character who potentially serves as the only reliable witness in the murder trial for Scott Henderson (Alan Curtis), falsely accused of killing his wife. But the search is frustrated by Henderson’s inability to remember any details about the woman outside of a flamboyant hat she wore during the night they spent together, an unlikely memory lapse that only intensifies his apparent guilt. Furthermore, no one else who saw Henderson and the woman together will admit to the police that they had seen her. Read More »