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Wonder Woman, Or The Passion of Joan of Arc

Comparing two strong women
Gal Gadot, Chris Pine and Robin Wright
Directed by Patty Jenkins

A virgin inspired by a divine sense of mission. A legendary sword. A bitter battlefield stalemate. And a France in need of saving. "Wonder Woman," the summer’s biggest hit, has been hailed for resurrecting one of the great heroines of the past. But the heroine being revived isn’t only the comic book phenomenon. It would be Joan of Arc, as well. The story of St. Joan was one of the strangest ... more >

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A.J. Goldmann’s Twenty-Five Best Films of the 21st Century

But not presented in any particular order

Why The New York Times, in their own June 9th ranking of the twenty-five best films of the twenty-first century, felt the need to take this moment to reflect on the best cinema of our still-young century is anyone’s guess. My suspicion is that they are just starved for content during the summer months, traditionally the worst time for serious-minded moviegoers, although there are some promising ... more >

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“Stalker”: Andrei Tarkovsky, Faith and the Soviet Union

Early in "Stalker," Andrei Tarkovsky’s newly re-released 1979 futurescape, a character known only as The Writer (Anatoly Solonitsyn) recaps the virtues of the Middle Ages. Unlike modern times with their defeating way of explaining everything, centuries past were flavored by the prevalence of mystery. Every house had its own goblin. In the film’s dreary Soviet house the goblin has a name, ... more >

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Susie Singer Carter short gaining traction on fest circuit

The Cannes Festival was held May 17-27, 2017

(this is the follow-up piece to Rudy Cecera's interview with the director from earlier this year) Susie Singer Carter has much to be proud. Not only is “My mom and the girl” racking up palm leaves all over the U.S. but it also received recognition at the Cannes Festival in May. In fact, her short film got two separate nods, the the “Jury Winner Honorable Mention LGBTQ Winner at The American ... more >

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CANNES FESTIVAL – The Michel Ciment incident

France's greatest film critic uses pen and paper when he writes about cinema

CANNES FESTIVAL, Palais — I was on the press balcony sitting at a table, with a friend, on the last Friday of the festival. I was half-working, half-resting, until the next screening. Some colleagues were nearby, taping an on-camera interview. To my left, a handsome, elderly man sat writing on a sheet of paper with a pen, a contrasting sight to this Mac-toting journalist. He looked a little more ... more >

BREAKING NEWS: THE SQUARE wins the Palme D’Or

In a short ceremony on Sunday the jury of the Cannes Festival, which marks its seventieth birthday this year, announced the winners, with Ruben Oestlund winning the Palme D'Or for his film "The Square." This year the jury's choices seemed more in line with those of the press than in years past. Many of us present at Cannes this year were hoping that "The Square" would get the top prize, or that ... more >

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SHORT NOTICE: Jacobie Gray’s THE BEEHIVE

Gray is a filmmaker as well as an actress
Before cinema she ran auctions for Christie's in London

Short notice is Screen Comment's new column. It is exclusively devoted to short films. Australian filmmaker Jacobie Gray has directed a vivid, modern-day period piece of a relationship of the kind that Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick were famous for. “The Beehive” explores the affinity between an artist and his muse. Gray portrays the avant-garde culture of the New York art scene in the sixties ... more >