Tag Archives: English

Matthew Akers & Jeff Dupre – Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2012)

Synopsis
This feature-length documentary film follows the artist as she prepares for what may be the most important moment of her life: a major retrospective of her work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. To be given a retrospective at one of the world’s premiere museums is, for any living artist, the most exhilarating sort of milestone. For Marina, it is far more – it is the chance to finally silence the question she has been hearing over and over again for four decades: ‘But why is this art?’ Read More »

Graham Reznick – I Can See You (2008)

Accomplished sound designer Graham Reznick steps out of the background and into the directorial spotlight in a major way with this exceptional one-two punch. Having honed his sonic post-production skills most recently on Ti West’s The House of the Devil and Glenn McQuaid’s I Sell the Dead, Reznick proves that he has his own vision to share with the world. I recommend you start by watching the 3D short, The Viewer, which sets a firmly bizarre tone (and is a feat of low-budget technical ingenuity). For my money, however, the feature is the real reason to check out this release. I Can See You tells the story of three young Brooklyn ad guys who leave the city behind for a weekend in the woods, where they hope to come up with a jackpot campaign idea for the cleaning product Claractix. Read More »

Clarence Brown – The Human Comedy (1943)

Plot: Homer Macauley remains in a small town looking after his widowed mother and younger brother. Homer’s older brother is fighting the war in Europe. Written by Anonymous Read More »

Orson Welles – Don Quijote de Orson Welles (1992)

“Perhaps the most fascinating component of the films directed by Orson Welles was the masterpiece he never lived to complete. Beginning in 1957 and continuing on-and-off for the next 15 years, Welles self-financed and directed an audacious film version of Cervantes’ “Don Quixote” which brought the legendary knight and his rotund aide Sancho Panza out of 16th century Andalusia and into the world of (then-) modern Spain. But despite his genius behind the camera, Welles was remarkably neglectful in maintaining and preserving the footage he created and much of his work was considered lost…and the footage that remained was not properly stored! Read More »

David Lowell Rich – Madame X (1966)

The lower-class wife (Lana Turner) of a wealthy socialite (John Forsythe) is caught in a compromising situation with a male companion (Ricardo Montalban), and forced by her brutal mother-in-law (Constance Bennett) to “die” and live under an assumed name in Europe. Out of guilt and loyalty, she forgoes a renewed chance at romance with a concert pianist (John Van Dreelen), and descends into a life of alcoholism and despair. When a seedy acquaintance (Burgess Meredith) finds out who her husband (now governor of New York) and son are, he tries to blackmail her; she kills him, and stands on trial for her life as “Madame X” — not realizing that her lawyer (Keir Dullea) is actually her grown son. Read More »

Silvio Narizzano – Loot (1970)

Synopsis:
This adaptation of Joe Orton’s play focuses on a motley bunch of characters crammed inside a small hotel owned by Mr. McLeavy (Milo O’Shea). While the body of McLeavy’s wife lies freshly dead in a nearby room, her nurse, Fay (Lee Remick), plots to become the next Mrs. McLeavy. Meanwhile, McLeavy’s son and his friend try their best to hide the spoils of a bank heist. As a dim-witted priest and a crooked officer enter the fray, hilarious misplacements, trysts and shocks unfold. Read More »

Hanif Kureishi – London Kills Me (1991)

The ambitious leader of an undisciplined gang is trying to break into the big time. Meanwhile, his best friend is trying to leave the gang. The key to his new life is a new pair of shoes, but not just any pair of shoes — a pair of red cowboy boots. Read More »