Archives for January 2016


Ferid Boughedir


He's directed six feature-length films

Férid Boughedir is a filmmaker on a mission to make cinema known in his region, as well as make his region's cinema known around the world. This Tunisian-born director's first fiction feature film HALFAOUINE CHILD OF THE TERRACES (1990) to this day remains the best-known film from that country. Boughedir has worked a journalist with a magazine called Jeune Afrique since 1971. He's also a ... more >


Jacques Rivette, Nouvelle Vague filmmaker, dead at 87

He worked as a film critic before going behind the camera

PARIS - French New Wave filmmaker Jacques Rivette died Friday at the age of 87. He was, like many of his New Wave collaborators, a film critic first and foremost, working at the eminent Cahiers du Cinéma. He A.D.’d with the likes of Jean Renoir and landed in the director’s seat in the sixties, an obviously tumultuous time in France that inspired many a filmmaker and a writer. Notable films by ... more >


From Havana with glitter and love, it’s VIVA !

"It's pretty, it's strong"
Jorge Perugorría, Luis Alberto García and Héctor Medina
Directed by Paddy Breathnach

People walk all over Jesus, partially because he can’t fight back, somehow because he lets them. His best friend is a prostitute who shakes him down for money and hogs his measly apartment to service clients. People have an uncanny ability to not notice him when he walks in a room, unless they need him for something, of course. The gay, femmy son of a famous ex-boxer, Jesus makes ends meet turning ... more >

ETTORE SCOLA, caricaturist before he was a filmmaker, was a giant of cinema

He was eleven years young than his friend Fellini

In his last film HOW STRANGE TO BE NAMED FEDERICO the great Italian director Ettore Scola recounts his decades-long friendship with Fellini, the undisputed master of cinema. But following the arc of that friendship, he also talks about himself and how at age fifteen, following in the footsteps of his elder (born in 1931, he was eleven years younger than Fellini) the future he saw for himself was ... more >

ETTORE SCOLA, one of our most cherished filmmakers, dies

His last film, CHE STRANO CHIAMARSI FEDERICO (2013), was a love letter to Fellini, another great director and a good friend of his. Ettore Scola, the last royal heir to the vibrant and rich Italian cinema that has shaped so many of our most important filmmakers today, has passed on at the age of 84 in a Rome clinic. "His heart got tired of beating," his wife and daughters told Italian daily ... more >

CAROL, polished and polite doth not a good film make

CAROL premiered at the 2015 Cannes Festival
Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara and Kyle Chandler
Directed by Todd Haynes

The praise critics have showered on Todd Haynes’s CAROL gives me pause. Have I seen an entirely different film or is there something in this one that escapes me? A. O. Scott of the N.Y. Times sees CAROL as “fetishistically precise in its recreation of the look and sound of the past.” Sorry, but the fingernails with their bright red polish, the lips with their bright red lipstick, the ... more >


Bill Cosby, Mel Gibson and Roman Polansky were among the few (corrected: the many) Hollywood bold-faced names that got trashed by British comedian and Golden Globe host Ricky Gervais ("The Office"). There was a whiff of shenanigannery to the affair, with Gervais promising that he would hold his tongue only to start lashing out at everyone before him and creating, I assume, some major discomfort ... more >