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World on a Wire (Welt am Draht, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1973)
P ure imagination Rainer Wer ner Fassbinder's World on a Wire ( Welt am Draht , 1973 , from Dani el F. Galou ye's novel Simulacron - 3 ) , done be fore he succeeded internationally with Ali: Fear Ea ts the Soul was -- after a TV premiere and a few theatrica...
Rainer Werner Fassbinder's World on a Wire (Welt am Draht, 1973, from Daniel F. Galouye's novel Simulacron-3), done before he succeeded internationally with Ali: Fear Eats the Soul was--after a TV premiere and a few theatrical screenings--unavailable for the longest time.
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Had to take some weeks off to focus on a massive piece on science fiction films; now I'm back with a vengeance. From North Square Farmer's Market, the above beautifully smoked and grilled jerk chicken --perfectly roa...
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Big Eyes (Tim Burton, 2014)
Small wonder I can't see Burton doing this for big bucks. Unlike say Dark Shadows (which I did like , more for the visual texture than script or storytelling (the actors seemed to be having fun)) or the even less def ensible Alice in Wonderland (which I als...
Small wonder. I can't see Burton doing this for big bucks. Unlike say Dark Shadows (which I did like, more for the visual texture than script or storytelling (the actors seemed to be having fun)) or the even less defensible Alice in Wonderland (which I also liked, if only because it's not as ...
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Marvel's Daredevil (Drew Goddard, Steven S. DeKnight, 2015)
The man without Interesting how the comic book Daredevil 's tagline ( man without fear! ) is worn as a point of pride and not embarrassment . Arguably one of the more emotionally potent points Joss Whedon makes in his multimilliondollar superproductions is ...
The man without. Interesting how the comic book Daredevil's tagline (man without fear!) is worn as a point of pride and not embarrassment. Arguably one of the more emotionally potent points Joss Whedon makes in his multimilliondollar superproductions is that his heroes lack some quality that ...
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Jurassic World; Game of Thrones Season 5
D o h! minous Rex When I think of the Jurassic movie s , I'm reminded of one of main principles that drive the theory of evolution: that everything in the process--from genetic mutations to mass extinctions to c limate change --ha s the effect of forcing th...
Doh!minous Rex When I think of the Jurassic movies, I'm reminded of one of main principles that drive the theory of evolution: that everything in the process--from genetic mutations to mass extinctions to climate change--has the effect of forcing the surviving species into becoming smarter, ...
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La Jalousie (Philippe Garrel, 2013); La Belle et La Bete (Jean Cocteau, 1946)
C 'est Ma gnifi que! From June 3 to 9 at Greenbelt 3 and Bonifacio High Street cinemas, the 20th French Film Festivals .  Some thoughts on two of the films screening:   Call Philippe Garrel France's best-kept fil mmaking secret. The man has been directing s...
C'est Magnifique! From June 3 to 9 at Greenbelt 3 and Bonifacio High Street cinemas, the 20th French Film Festivals. Some thoughts on two of the films screening: Call Philippe Garrel France's best-kept filmmaking secret. The man has been directing since 1964, did his first feature in 1968; ...
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Ikarie XB-1 (Jindrich Polak, 1963)
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out Jindrich Polak's 1963 Ikarie
XB-1 starts off on a strong note: a man with scorched face mutters "the Earth is gone !" follows it up with a cry : " The
Earth never existed! " He shuffles through shot after shot of
beautifully lit geometrical designs ...
Far out. Jindrich Polak's 1963 Ikarie XB-1 starts off on a strong note: a man with scorched face mutters "the Earth is gone!" follows it up with a cry: "The Earth never existed!" He shuffles through shot after shot of beautifully lit geometrical designs and hallways and artifacts while an ...
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Je t'aime, je t'aime (Alain Resnais, 1968)
Somewhere in time Arguably the least seen of his f ilms, Alain Resnais' Je t' aime, je t'aime is also, arguably, his only science fiction feature (though the label could be applied to almost almost every one of his films flirting with the idea of time trav ...
Somewhere in time. Arguably the least seen of his films, Alain Resnais' Je t'aime, je t'aime is also, arguably, his only science fiction feature (though the label could be applied to almost almost every one of his films flirting with the idea of time travel, memory implants, alternate universes) ...
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A Most Violent Year (J.C. Chandor, 2014)
Year of living dangerously Got to hand it to Mr. Chandor: he doesn't do anything the same way twice , from the ens emble thriller Margin Call (set during the '08 financial crisis ) to the Robert Redford chamber piece All is Lost to this (rel eased in DVD/Bl...
Year of living dangerously. Got to hand it to Mr. Chandor: he doesn't do anything the same way twice, from the ensemble thriller Margin Call (set during the '08 financial crisis) to the Robert Redford chamber piece All is Lost to this (released in DVD/Bluray last April), his biggest most daring ...
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Lav Diaz retrospective at FilMadrid
( Due to popular demand: the original English text used b y the organizers for their Lav Diaz retrospectiv e at Fil Madrid: Festival Internacional de Cine de Madrid ) Evolution
of a Filipino filmmaker Lav
Diaz's visual and storytelling style has been in a c...
Lav Diaz's visual and storytelling style has been in a constant state of flux starting with his first produced film Burger Boys (1999)--a crime caper so surreal the producer delayed its released--to his first commercially screened feature Serafin Geronimo: Ang Kriminal ng Baryo Concepcion (The ...
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Rizal Weather (or: Undressing Josephine Bracken)--an interview with writer and historian Austin Coates
Belatedly for Independence Day Rizal Weather (or: Undressing Josephine Bracken)   WE WERE IN THE CHAMPAGNE ROOM of the Manila Hotel, talking to Austin Coates, Rizal biographer, novelist, historian, and a former high-level official of Hongkong. "We" were fil...
Belatedly for Independence Day Rizal Weather (or: Undressing Josephine Bracken) WE WERE IN THE CHAMPAGNE ROOM of the Manila Hotel, talking to Austin Coates, Rizal biographer, novelist, historian, and a former high-level official of Hongkong. "We" were film director Tikoy Aguiluz, Monica Feria, ...
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Beef cheeks braised in a chocolate and wine sauce.

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 Summertime! Shopped at Hess Farms and managed to score the gorgeous fruits and vegetables seen above (down PA 316 between Stitely and Poe Road--drive on Wayne Avenue past Giant, past the new Sheetz gas station, past the in...
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From my introduction to Critic After Dark: A Review of Philippine Cinema:
 
Philippine cinema has its share of gold and manure, artists and poseurs; because the average Filipino film costs a little over US$250,000 (in 2004 currency) and is usually shot on a stretch of about twenty shooting days (or less), the manure is often more odious than what passes for commercial filmmaking in Hollywood nowadays; on the other hand, because budget and schedule are often so small and tight, the rare gold nugget found seems all the more impressive, bordering perhaps on the miraculous. Thanks to those nuggets, I still believe in miracles.

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10 great American sci-fi films of the 1950s
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In the 1950s, cold war paranoia and the fear of imminent destruction gave rise to an unparalleled wave of alien invasion movies and apocalyp