Look!: “Ivan’s Childhood”; “La Pivellina”; Steven Greydanus’s Top 10 List Collection; Joel Avery on “Melancholia” & the Apocalypse; More…

Ivans-Childhood-Criterion

Look! These links caught my attention today, for one reason or another. Check back later. I may add more look-worthy links as the day goes on. - Last night, thanks to the new Criterion blu-ray release, I finally got around to watching Ivan's Childhood, the first feature film by master filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky. I've seen Tarkovsky's Andrei Rublev, Zerkalo (The Mirror), Solaris, and The Sacrifice enough times to count them among my favorite films, but have never managed to sit … [Read more...]

Lost Highways: Two Big-Screen Journeys into Darkness That Drove Me From the Theater

Lost Highway

I can't explain this: On two occasions in the last eight months, I’ve walked into Seattle’s Varsity Theater on a Tuesday night during an unexpected cloudburst and bought a ticket to a critically acclaimed motion picture, only to march right back out of the theatre about 70 minutes later. Yes, that whole description fits both situations. I cannot explain why the circumstances — the location, the night of the week, the weather — were so strangely similar. I can, however, say that my … [Read more...]


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