“What a Way to Run a Railroad”—Nothing is Real, not even Cinema, in Tulapop Saenjaroen’s ‘Squish!’

Over the last decade, filmmaker and video artist Tulapop Saenjaroen has been stretching cinema and the short form. Exploring some of the fundamental quandaries of experience: work, play and freedom with a sharp and puckish sense of their history within this long century of moving images. Continue reading “What a Way to Run a Railroad”—Nothing is Real, not even Cinema, in Tulapop Saenjaroen’s ‘Squish!’

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!)

Your Laughter is Spit in the World’s Face: Milla (2017) and Valérie Massadian

“Instead of offering closeted conservative condemnation, or liberal handwringing and outsized guilt, Massadian has been making a cinema of the ‘animal’ intensities and lucidity of childhood and the often debilitating growing pains of young adulthood.” Continue reading Your Laughter is Spit in the World’s Face: Milla (2017) and Valérie Massadian

Essay: There’s no democracy of hands but there are many hands in a democracy: ‘City Hall’ (2020) and ‘Her Socialist Smile’ (2020)

To look at the design and flaws of American politics and democracy, Wiseman chooses an entire city and its system as his focal point. Gianvito, on the other hand, chooses a single individual, whose life nevertheless encapsulated a tumultuous early 20th century. Continue reading Essay: There’s no democracy of hands but there are many hands in a democracy: ‘City Hall’ (2020) and ‘Her Socialist Smile’ (2020)