Archives for July 2007

ARCHIVES

FRENCH-IRANIAN DOURNESS

Historical precedents notwithstanding, France has had a better relationship with Iran than America. Both France and Iran share a love for auteur cinema. As a starting point, it might be fair to say that Iranians love Jean-Luc Godard and the French love Abbas Kiarostami. In fact, the two men used to admire each other. Godard once said, 'film begins with D.W. Griffith and ends with Abbas ... more >

CHINESE CINEMA

The first golden period of Chinese cinema, mostly in Shanghai, generated a slew of left-wing ideological films from notable directors Cheng Bugao and Sen Yu. With the arrival of the Japanese forces in 1937, followed by the advent of World War II, several Shanghai directors fled to Hong Kong. Later, China would go through a second wave of creativity, and the first years after Mao Tse Tung’s ... more >

Hollywoodland

Film noir-styled thriller captures the imagination
Adrien Brody, Ben Affleck and Diane Lane
Directed by Allen Coulter

Allen Coulter’s Hollywoodland features wordly characters played by even wordlier stars (Adrien Brody, Diane Lane, Ben Affleck and Bob Hoskins) who live in the fantastic land of Hollywood and get entangled in a crime intrigue. Hollywoodland is set up like a film noir and reminds of Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity or even Sunset Boulevard, with its jaded and disturbed characters turning to each ... more >

ASIA IN MOTION

Asian films have landed on the international radar via a complicated process that involves both taste and economics. Various corners of Asia’s film industry have been morphing into more arthouse-oriented shapes, with Korea being the latest to forge a new partnership of likeminded, risk-taking producers and distributors. While not the bread-and-butter of the film industry, arthouse cinema lends ... more >

CINEMA CAVERN AT PS1

PS1, the labyrinthine museum located in Queens, New York hosts exhibitions throughout the year and is the venue for the Warm-Up Series, their famous outdoors DJ-driven parties. They are currently hosting CINEMA CAVERN (June 24 - September 24), an exhibit of small gauge films and videos being screened in their vault gallery, buried deep within the confines of the museum. The exhibition features ... more >