Tag: FilmStruck

Vague Visages Is FilmStruck: Jeremy Carr on Sergei Eisenstein’s ‘Strike’

“As it’s applied to ‘Strike,’ Eisenstein’s methodology is generally simplified, with an occasional leaning toward crude hyperbole.”

Vague Visages Is FilmStruck: Kate Saccone on Charles Walters’ ‘Summer Stock’

“I’ve always had a soft spot for ‘Summer Stock’ — it may not be the most innovative or exciting of Kelly’s films, but it’s an unpretentious movie that delights in the pure pleasure of musical entertainment, from the outright silly to the romantically sincere.”

Vague Visages Is FilmStruck: Marianna Aloisio-Seale on Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s ‘Black Narcissus’

“No matter the fantasy and clash of culture that swirls around ‘Black Narcissus,’ it is probably best that The Archers did not revisit Orientalist ideas, and that they stuck to what they knew best — the human interest and depths of United Kingdom and European issues.”

Vague Visages Is FilmStruck: Sara Clements on Agnès Varda’s ‘Cléo from 5 to 7’

“The first word that comes to mind when describing ‘Cléo from 5 to 7’ is escapism. Not only is it an escape for the audience, with Agnès Varda’s documentary style taking viewers on a tour of one of Paris’ many districts, but it explores the title character’s need to break free.”

Vague Visages Is FilmStruck: Ciara Pitts on John Sayles’ ‘Lianna’

“Sayles’ wonderful gem might not receive the attention it deserves — even in the realm of LGBTQ cinema — but it contains a message that undoubtedly resonates today: no one needs to apologize for who they love.”

Vague Visages Is FilmStruck: Ciara Pitts on Donna Deitch’s ‘Desert Hearts’

“Deitch’s trailblazing film demonstrates that representation will always be essential.”

Vague Visages Is FilmStruck: Stefen Styrsky on Elia Kazan’s ‘Splendor in the Grass’

“The movie isn’t just about the way it was, the prudish hypocrisy of an earlier time, or outdated sexual mores. For all its provincialism, ‘Splendor in the Grass’ is a story for the ages.”

Vague Visages Is FilmStruck: David Pountain on Takeshi Kitano’s ‘Sonatine’

“From its hypnotic style to its pessimistic plot and languid pacing, ‘Sonatine’ is a mesmerizing manifestation of the troubling logic of Murakawa’s final decision.”

Vague Visages Writers’ Room: Weekend Vibes 6.1.18

Weekend Vibes is a Friday column about streaming recommendations, new release hype and entertainment events. 

On Familiar Ground: Paul Schrader and the Death Impulse

Michael J. Casey on Paul Schrader’s thematic links in ‘Taxi Driver,’ ‘Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters’ and ‘First Reformed’

Vague Visages Writers’ Room: Weekend Vibes 5.11.18

Weekend Vibes is a Friday column about streaming recommendations, new release hype and entertainment events. 

Vague Visages Is FilmStruck: Stefen Styrsky on John Huston’s ‘Reflections in a Golden Eye’

“Lending the story a rarefied patina is the cinematography.”

A Community in the Dark: Dispatches from the TCM Classic Film Festival

Michael J. Casey on the TCM Classic Film Festival 2018

Five Films to See at Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2018

Marshall Shaffer’s Selections for Rendez-Vous with French Cinema (March 8-18, 2018)

Vague Visages Is FilmStruck: Marshall Shaffer on FilmStruck’s ‘Black in America’ Collection

The Conclusion of Marshall Shaffer’s #FilmStruckFebruary

Vague Visages Is FilmStruck: Marshall Shaffer on Ingmar Bergman’s ‘Silence of God’ Trilogy

“I’m convinced that understanding the progression is a crucial bridge in any attempt to understand how the two distinct portions of Bergman’s filmography interact.”

Vague Visages Is FilmStruck: David Pountain on Howard Hawks’ ‘Bringing Up Baby’

“‘Bringing Up Baby’ delves joyfully beyond the stiff pretences of modern life to reveal the wild and lustful animal that still lies beneath the surface.”

Vague Visages Writers’ Room: Weekend Vibes 2.16.18

Weekend Vibes is a Friday column about streaming recommendations, new release hype and entertainment events. 

Vague Visages Is FilmStruck: Marshall Shaffer on Agnès Varda’s ‘Mur murs’

“New York might have the physical structure where one can project themselves onto a city, but Los Angeles’ mutability allows people to graft their life into its cultural fabric.”

Vague Visages Is FilmStruck: Marshall Shaffer’s #FilmStruckFebruary – The Beginning

Marshall Shaffer’s 2nd annual #FilmStruckFebruary begins!