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)

Who’s Afraid of Ideology? – on ‘The Year Before the War’ (2021, dir. Dāvis Sīmanis)

Dāvis Sīmanis’ The Year Before the War, which premiered in the Big Screen Competition section of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) in February, has all the potential to be one of the great festival hits of the year. Continue reading Who’s Afraid of Ideology? – on ‘The Year Before the War’ (2021, dir. Dāvis Sīmanis)