Meditations on Jay G, Jay-Z, the art of plagiarism, and America’s love affair with money, guns, and decadence
Life in a Chinese artists’ colony through the eyes of the local taxi driver
A video artist draws on news footage, historical videos, Fela Kuti, Slavoj Žižek, Lewis Carroll, and others to reflect on Tahrir Square two years after #Jan25.
From the CIA’s hunt for Bin Laden to an East German doctor’s search for an escape, 2012 was an excellent year in film.
The Baghdad International Film Festival is part of a larger effort to bring the arts back to Iraq’s once-flourishing capital.
Bestiaire’s place in the filmmaker’s oeuvre and anthropomorphic conceptions.
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is now as notorious for his political actions as for his work. Alison Klayman’s new documentary, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, shows that his originality comes precisely from combining the two.
Beasts of the Southern Wild‘s dark current.
Documentarian Annie Eastman tells the stories of families in Salvador’s palafitas—water slums built on piles of garbage—and confronts her outsider status.
Nora Ephron’s light touch was no accident.
A writer raised on feminist fairy tales reflects on Brave and Bloody and having it all.
What can we learn about Cuba from zombie movies and escape ploys?
The documentary Marina Abramovic The Artist Is Present gives an inside look at the artist’s discipline, creative process, and love story.
The scariest movies of the summer are at the Human Rights Watch film festival.
A fabulist film highlights the absurdity of breakneck-paced development, and its relevance inside and outside of China.
What happens when censorship becomes an artistic device?
Memories of director Seyfi Teoman, whose two feature films drove Turkish film for two decades.
Kelly Reichardt’s Oregon Trilogy, screening at the Whitney’s Biennial, explores the thin lines between hope and loss, sorrow and joy, the America we’ve got and the one we could have had.
The Cannes Jury Prize-winning film Polisse has striking similarities to Law & Order.
“The Island President,” a new film about the crisis in the Maldives, wants to change the way we talk about climate change.
In this never-published interview legendary actor Omar Sharif speaks about fathering a half-Jewish son in a one-night-stand and working on a bawdy, nearly forgotten film with Peter O’Toole.
The memoirist/poet on adaptation and how all literary trilogies come back to Star Wars.
Hoop Dreams director Steve James’s new film follows former gang members who neutralize Chicago gang violence
The filmmaker Tariq Tapa on growing up Jewish and Muslim in New York, saying the unsayable, and the future of horror films.
The award-winning Palestinian director on his latest and most personal film, Israel’s moral army, and the power of silence.
The Israeli filmmaker on the need to reclaim Palestinian books looted by Israeli forces in 1948 and why Israel’s internal conflict gives him hope for peace.
|Cherien Dabis ended her 2009 Guernica interview with: “I am lucky enough to have yet another story in me that I really want to tell, so I am working on that.” This unnamed project became May in the Summer and earned Dabis an award for visionary filmmakers.|
Given the recent major acts of idiocy (the BP fiasco), it’s about time we studied stupidity and kept the chronically dense (Palin & co.) from destroying our world.
Samuel Fuller had a pulp-fiction mindset and the former tabloid-reporter’s tendency to think in screaming headlines.
This film is melancholic, but still in love with the world and its magic.
This story of two robots in love asserts that sacrifice is what makes love worthwhile.
The greatest living filmmaker you’ve never heard of.
Orson Welles, the true king of all-media.
Neither book requires its readers to be a fan of the star—and that’s why they are great reads.
The filmmaker on her feel-good (sort of) movie, Palestinians in the Windy City, and how personal experiences can trump political arguments.
Available again, is Robert Mitchum’s performance in The Friends of Eddie Coyle as an aging gunrunner forced by circumstances to snitch on his criminal “friends. ”
Synecdoche New York is a brilliant film that is sad, strange, illuminating, funny, epic, and totally original.