The superhero movies of 2016: brawl without end?
In the year of Batman v Superman v Captain America v Iron Man et al, snarky Deadpool, self-parodying X-Men: Apocalypse and super-grim Suicide Squad, could Doctor Strange show us the door to a better world – or at least a richer class of superhero film? A video essay by Leigh Singer.
Friday 20 January 2017
Video: A tour through French noir
What makes French film noir French? Dive down to the lowest depths with Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin’s video abstract, charting six key Gallic characteristics of cinema’s most alluringly brooding genre.
Friday 4 November 2016
Hex appeal: how witches charmed the cinema
Witches are not just for Halloween, or for horror movies. Charlotte Richardson Andrews celebrates the screen’s sexier, more sisterly sorceresses: symbols of divine feminine magic and healing rather than bloodthirsty she-devils. With video by Leigh Singer.
Friday 28 October 2016
Kirk Douglas: Hollywood champ
As Kirk Douglas reaches his 100th birthday, we celebrate the dimpled one with a survey of his extraordinary career, plus a video tribute to his host of classic roles playing ruthless villains, morally ambiguous mavericks and self-interested sharks.
Friday 2 September 2016
Video: Haunted memories – the cinema of Víctor Erice
Adrian Martin and Cristina Álvarez López explore the joy and regret of nostalgia with one of the cinema’s great, spare poets of sense-memory.
Friday 2 September 2016
Video: A speck in the cosmos – the inner frontiers of Raoul Walsh’s Pursued
Tag Gallagher offers a psychological reading of Raoul Walsh’s 1947 Robert Mitchum starrer Pursued, perhaps Hollywood’s first psychological western and certainly one of its weirdest.
Monday 9 May 2016
Video: Barbaric poetry – can we really film the Holocaust?
As László Nemes’s award-winning Son of Saul forges a new way of dramatising an Auschwitz-like death camp, Leigh Singer revisits the ethical arguments around the art of the abyss.
Friday 29 April 2016
Video essay: Lines of resistance – Anne-Marie Miéville’s The Book of Mary
Counterpointing Godard: Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin offer a taste of Anne-Marie Miéville’s cinema, and a look at the patterns at play in her prologue to her partner’s Hail Mary.
Friday 26 February 2016
Video essay: Kicking against the chick flicks – reclaiming the Hollywood romcom
Homogenised, segregated and stupefied, the mainstream romantic comedy has never been less sexy. Leigh Singer on how to get its freak back on.
Friday 18 December 2015
Video: Southern Gothic
What makes for Southern Gothic? Robert Greene can tell you some tales…
Friday 10 April 2015
What was documentary? An elegy for Robert Gardner
Is it time to put away this mirage of ‘nonfiction’ cinema, asks Kevin B. Lee?
Thursday 28 August 2014
Video: the art of nonfiction
Robert Greene essays a love letter to the “magical imitation of reality”.
Thursday 7 August 2014
Dear John Grierson: A Postscript to The Story of Film (rough cut)
All aboard the good train cinephilia, as Mark Cousins conducts us to lesser-visited stations around the documentary globe.
Friday 1 August 2014
The long conversation: Richard Linklater on cinema and time
kogonada looks time in the eye with the maker of Before Sunrise, Sunset and Midnight.
Monday 4 November 2013
Video essay: The essay film – some thoughts of discontent
In a world bedazzled by intractable images, do we need the essay film now more than ever? Kevin B. Lee weighs up this distinctively self-aware, searching form of cinema through both video and text.
Tuesday 16 July 2013
Video essay: What is neorealism?
kogonada pits the director of The Bicycle Thieves against the producer of Gone with the Wind on the same movie material.
Friday 17 May 2013
Video: The world according to Koreeda
kogonada on how Japan’s modern master revives our taste for everyday life.
Friday 8 February 2013
Video essay: The animal menagerie of Rhythm and Hues
Kevin B. Lee considers the digital circus mastery of Hollywood’s leading computer-generated-animal engineers.
Friday 21 December 2012
Video: Steadicam progress – the career of Paul Thomas Anderson in five shots
Tracking a journey of camera journeys from Hard Eight to There Will Be Blood, Kevin B. Lee wonders if the director has put away showy things.
Friday 16 November 2012