Blu Review: Two Silent Films by John Ford (Eureka!)

by Ruairí McCann Produced and released by Eureka Entertainment’s Masters of Cinema line, this new Blu-ray boxset of two early silent John Ford westerns is most welcome. Not only because it makes readily available two very fine movies; it also offers a chance to pull at a thread that is too often ignored.  The received critical approach to the western genre is to fasten its iterations … Continue reading Blu Review: Two Silent Films by John Ford (Eureka!)

Blu Review: ‘How You Live Your Story – Selected works by Kevin Jerome Everson’ (Second Run)

by MLP Last fall, Second Run released a 2-disc blu-ray set featuring 8.6 hours of work by American artist-filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson, titled ‘How You Live Your Story’. ‘Artist-filmmaker’ works better here as a descriptor than in its usual capacity. That is to say, while the term often refers to filmmakers working with just about anything other than conventional narrative, Everson is, more specifically, someone … Continue reading Blu Review: ‘How You Live Your Story – Selected works by Kevin Jerome Everson’ (Second Run)

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)

DVD Review: ‘Light Years’ by Gunvor Nelson (Re:Voir video)

by MLP Fog Pumas (1967) opens on the inverted black and white of a negative image of a naked girl, lying in an empty bathtub. The camera then careens toward the light at the end of a tunnel, riding waves of unsteady darkness. On the other side of the tunnel we find ourselves cruising through the negative image of a town. The sky is black. … Continue reading DVD Review: ‘Light Years’ by Gunvor Nelson (Re:Voir video)

DVD Review: ‘Das Goldene Tor’ by Jürgen Reble (Re:Voir video)

by MLP I was completely unaware, prior to watching Das Goldene Tor (1992) (‘The Golden Gate’), that I had actually seen work by Jürgen Reble before, albeit as a member of the filmmaking collective Schmelzdahin (German for ‘melt away’) – a work titled Stadt in Flammen (City in Flames). Stadt in Flammen was created by introducing to the filmstrip various mutations via deterioration: burning, chemical … Continue reading DVD Review: ‘Das Goldene Tor’ by Jürgen Reble (Re:Voir video)