Archives for March 24, 2009

The Return of Majid Majidi

For a short while, Majid Majidi was my favorite Iranian filmmaker.But then again, for a while, he was the only Iranian filmmaker that I could name.I'm still a beginner when it comes to international cinema, but while I've found other Iranian artists whose work is more exciting for me, I'm still eager to check out anything this director does. I suspect that if any Iranian filmmaker is likely to win a big following in America, it's Majidi. And his new film is winning some persuasively … [Read more...]

Subtitles Matter.

I have a favorite t-shirt. It's from the Flickerings film festival. It's bright red, and on the back it says "So many subtitles, so little time."I have friends who groan when they learn a movie is subtitled, and some of them lose interest entirely when they learn a film is in a foreign language. Me, if I charted my rate of enjoyment, I'd probably find that I enjoy films from outside of America far more often than enjoy films made in America. Subtitles don't bother me at all. In fact, lately … [Read more...]