The Best Experimental Moving Image Works of 2020

by paul a. It was Ken Jacobs who once floated the observation that “the avant-garde never starts on time,” but as the global events of 2020 began (and continued to) materialize, life also refused to play out in a timely manner. Contemporary existence has taken on the characteristics of stasis, but not complete inaction; within the creative industries, at least, the looming threat of complete economic … Continue reading The Best Experimental Moving Image Works of 2020

‘Secession From The Broadcast’ by Gene Youngblood

Today we are very excited to share with you the full PDF of a lecture by renowned theorist Gene Youngblood. Titled Secession From The Broadcast, it was first delivered in Buenos Aires, in 2012. A PDF of the Spanish translation of the lecture is forthcoming, via desistfilm. There are still precious few copies (in an extremely limited print run of 55) of the physical book … Continue reading ‘Secession From The Broadcast’ by Gene Youngblood

The Value of Intimacy – ‘Divine Love’ and the corporeal cinema of Gabriel Mascaro

by Alonso Aguilar In the oppressive temperatures of rural Brazil, bodies traverse the screen unceremoniously. Detached and absent-minded, different characters go through the motions of hard labor, unfazed by the thick layers of sweat drenching every inch of their clothes. They’re physically present, yet their minds are clearly elsewhere, refusing to be shaped by what they consider to be arbitrary circumstances. Eventually, their shifts end … Continue reading The Value of Intimacy – ‘Divine Love’ and the corporeal cinema of Gabriel Mascaro

Blu Review: ‘Goodbye, Dragon Inn’ (2003) dir. Tsai Ming-liang (Second Run)

by Ruairí McCann In a Taipei caught under a thick canopy of rain, an old late night movie theatre serves as a symbolic shelter. It is the last playing ground for a vibrant popular cinema, but also its mausoleum. A net open to catch the lovelorn and lonely, a salve and conduit for their stifled fantasies. Though not for much longer, as this picture palace … Continue reading Blu Review: ‘Goodbye, Dragon Inn’ (2003) dir. Tsai Ming-liang (Second Run)

DVD Review: ‘The Angel Cycle: Selected Works’ by Maria Klonaris + Katerina Thomadaki (Re:Voir Video)

Re:Voir has recently released a modest gem of a set: selected works from The Angel Cycle, by Maria Klonaris and Katerina Thomadaki – the first-ever home video release which samples from the duo’s vast body of work. Continue reading DVD Review: ‘The Angel Cycle: Selected Works’ by Maria Klonaris + Katerina Thomadaki (Re:Voir Video)

Review: ‘Days’ (2020, dir. Tsai Ming-liang) – London Film Festival

by Ruairí McCann Near the end of Tsai Ming-liang’s film Afternoon (2015) — a conversation, filmed across 134 minutes and 4 shots, between Tsai and his muse Lee Kang-sheng — the filmmaker fills a lull with prognostication on his art. Influenced by the shadow of Stray Dogs (2013), a production troubled by Tsai’s own health complications, he contemplates never making another movie. However, he quickly … Continue reading Review: ‘Days’ (2020, dir. Tsai Ming-liang) – London Film Festival

Review: ‘American Utopia’ (2020, dir. Spike Lee) – London Film Festival

Stop Making Sense (1984) is a cornerstone in the intersection between pop music and cinema; a concert film in which one of the best bands of the fertile crescent that was the post-punk years is at their most ambitious, cohesive and passionate as a live act, captured intelligently by the great Jonathan Demme, also in his prime. In other words, it is a zenith that American Utopia could never be expected to reach. Continue reading Review: ‘American Utopia’ (2020, dir. Spike Lee) – London Film Festival

Within the Divide: Steve McQueen’s ‘Small Axe’ (2020) – NYFF

Between 1970 and 1984, the BBC undertook the Play for Today drama anthology project, commissioning more than 300 television plays––most of which were adapted from plays or novels––that would typically run anywhere between 50 to 100 minutes. Continue reading Within the Divide: Steve McQueen’s ‘Small Axe’ (2020) – NYFF