On The Blue Angel (1930), the first of seven legendary collaborations between Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich.
Despite sporting a dozen directors, co-directors, and writers, Raya and the Last Dragon is an enjoyable animated adventure. B+
Tim Story (Shaft, Ride Along, Think Like a Man) succeeds with Tom & Jerry, a movie aimed at kids. B+
The Vigil, the directorial debut of Keith Thomas, is fine Hasidic haunted house horror film. B
On Joan Tewkesbury's 1979 film Old Boyfriends, a kind of psychiatric predecessor to Kill Bill (now streaming on the Criterion Channel).
Tarkovsky's Solaris, now streaming on the Criterion Channel as part of its psychiatry focused "Frame of Mind" series, is a masterwork one can draw an endless amount from.
Even if you’re unfamiliar with both System of a Down and Armenia, Truth to Power is a worth exploring. B
On Run Hide Fight (2020) and the late Rebeller Media.
On Shelley Duvall’s transcendent performance in Robert Altman’s Popeye (1980).
On Ernst Lubitsch’s The Shop Around the Corner, recently released on Blu-ray.
Sometimes the very thing you love destroys you.
Sia's directorial debut, Music, is a massive misfire whose Golden Globe nominations are utterly inexplicable. D
A New York Times piece treats the Amazon Prime Mount Everest series and its subjects with little understanding or respect.
I needed to get out from under my childhood; watching the HBO series helped.
Film critics can’t do their jobs if they're burdened with worrying about hurting the feelings of sensitive actors.
You can never defeat the wilderness.
Lister achieved his greatest fame on the big screen, but had an oversized impact during professional wrestling’s most colorful and muscle-obsessed era.
Bud vowed never to turn down any film work.
A documentary about the film industry offers fresh perspectives on its hidden intentions.
On paper, Hillbilly Elegy looks promising.
It brings back memories of Bobby Fischer.
The Chinese-American actress talks about her career-making role in Mulan (1998) and the lasting impact it's had.
Excerpted from a three hour conversation with Edgar Wright and Quentin Tarantino on The Empire Movie Podcast.
A discussion from April 2018 about one of cinema's most revered and comparably brief periods.
A short home video taken from the set of one of the Italian master's later films.
In conversation with a particulalry unctuous and annoying David Edelstein.
An episode of A&E's Biography about the mid-20th century film star.
A new film by N.O. Smith about the end of the world starring Mimi Owaske and Madison Krchnavy.
38 minutes of Allen hanging Johnnie Hamp and <i>Cinema</i> out to dry during the promotional tour for "Bananas."
The late director discusses his courtroom collaboration with David Mamet and Paul Newman, among others.