Watch: Margaret Tait’s 4 Minutes Of ‘A Portrait of Ga’

This four-minute portrait of the filmmaker’s mother combines the texture of 1970s-color-saturated found footage with an oddly avant-garde structure. The editing rhythms are distinctly recognizable for anyone who has watched 70s home movies; the Kodak would often linger and jerk-pan for about twenty seconds, then (because the film ran out, because only so much could […]

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Watch: Saranne Bensusan’s 12 Minute Short Film Mano a Mono

Roughly twenty years is probably enough time for most audience members, if not this particular critic, to forget one of the most famous twists in movie history, especially when they only have to forget it for roughly ten minutes of a new film’s 12-minute running time. It is also true that Saranne Bensusan’s short film […]

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Can 2017’s Blockbusters Get Oscar-Nominated?

By Daniel Smith-Rowsey Ah, blockbusters. For us discriminating film fans, they’re a bit like that fashionable cousin at the family reunion that just won’t shut up. We love them and we hate them, but how to contextualize them with the rest of our lives? Some of us go out of our way to praise them […]

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Daniel Smith-Rowsey’s Film Brief 2016

Did the studios fiddle while Rome burned in 2016? In other words, should Hollywood have done more to stop Trump and the Republican Party taking over the government in every conceivable way? Maybe. If so, surely one reason is that the industry is far less concerned with fiddling, and more concerned with the following question: […]

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Christmas Movie Advent Calendar – Day Eleven

By Daniel Smith-Rowsey Last Christmas, I gave you my heart, but the very next day, Public Policy Polling released a crucial, world-changing poll that indicated 62% of Americans don’t feel that Die Hard is a Christmas movie. Thank baby Jesus that the internet didn’t leave it at that; Entertainment Weekly and Mediaite offered passionate defenses […]

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