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Indigenous Cinema

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On May 29, 2021
The Criterion Collection has long taken criticism for being very white and canonical in its approach. But with The Criterion Channel and its blog, it has really rectified that in great ways. Since it’s Saturday and not everything has to be so serious, I thought I’d link to this article on indigenous cinema and the […]

Kim Ki-Duk, RIP

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On December 12, 2020

The great Korean film maker has died of COVID-19, at the age of only 59. At this point, any discussion of Kim has to note that he was heavily implicated in the #MeToo movement in South Korea and it so

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This is the grave of Joseph Cotten. Born in 1905 in Petersburg, Virginia, Cotten grew up middle class but not overly prosperous. As a boy, he was tremendously interested in acting, but his family was not really set up to just send him to acting school. So his parents actually took out a significant loan […]
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Ennio Morricone, RIP

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On July 6, 2020
The greatest film composer in history is no more. It’s hard to overstate the greatness of Morricone. He completely turned the rather stale genre of film scores on its head in the mid-60s through his work with Sergio Leone. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly is probably the most known soundtrack, but I’d speak […]
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Michael Piccoli, RIP

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On May 19, 2020
We shouldn’t let the death of the great French actor Michael Piccoli go unmentioned. I just watched Belle de Jour again a couple of weeks ago and he was great as the sleazy bachelor who encourages Catharine Deneuve to go into prostitution. But there’s so many great performances: Godard’s Le Mépris, a number of Buñuel […]

Max Von Sydow, RIP

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On March 11, 2020

It took 63 years, but Max von Sydow finally lost that chess match with death. Von Sydow was genuinely one of the greatest actors of cinema history. His work with Bergman isn’t exactly hip these

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