The Tree of Life
Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life makes it seem that the US is not the product of history, but almost elemental; that culture has not even mediated in the construction of Americans.
  • The Master

    The Master

    Paul Thomas Anderson is not an easy American filmmaker to characterize but his work is perhaps best understood as an American response to European art cinema of the post-war years. Classical Hollywood cinema or studio filmmaking from the 1920s onwards has insisted on a plot which is driven by...
  • Iss. IX

    Cosmopolis

    David Cronenberg is the greatest filmmaker in the English-speaking world, who has been continuing to make provocative and deeply thoughtful films when other claimants to the title like David Lynch, Atom Egoyan and Quentin Tarantino have been in decline. Several factors come to Cronenberg’s assistance and one is his ability...
  • The Double Life of Veronique

    The Double Life of Veronique

    The late Krzysztof Kieslowski was one of the most overrated of European filmmakers and few films demonstrate the drawbacks in his approach more than The Double Life of Veronique (1991), regarded by many to be his best film. East European cinema during the communist era was – with some exceptions –...
  • The Book of Eli

    The Book of Eli

    It took Moses forty years to cross the desert. When The Book of Eli opens, Eli (Denzel Washington) has already spent thirty years walking towards his chosen destination, quite appropriately, the West. His is a character much like that of an angel from the older of the two Testaments;...
  • Captivity

    Captivity

    Some films, such as Captivity, are made for a singular, shocking purpose: to capitalize on a sick audience’s thirst for sensationalism and the gross spectacle of human blood and gore. They also reveal, as in this case, the deteriorated condition of its maker’s mind. The filmmaker, decaying in the...
  • Pangti

    The Pangti Story

    The new generation of Naga enthusiasts is picking up their lessons of filmmaking in this environment and have leapt into this new venture in quite a big way....
  • The reader

    The Reader

    Circumstances and the prevailing laws of society can radically change ordinary people and compel them to commit atrocities. The Reader, produced by Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack (who both passed away prior to the film’s release), is a fictional case study. When a serious film opens with an extreme...
  • The Long Goodbye

    The Long Goodbye

    Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye (1973) – based on a novel of the same name by Raymond Chandler – belongs to a genre called the ‘hard-boiled detective story’, which may be regarded as a sub-category under noir and includes films like Huston’s The Maltese Falcon (1941) and Polanski’s Chinatown (1974). The genre has been accorded recognition as...
  • New Cinema

    Shyam Benegal’s New Cinema

    Imposing, ancient, heavyweight pillars, and busy preparation for a shoot in the midst of them—this is the opening sequence of Benegal’s New Cinema, a film by Iram Ghufran, who had us mesmerized with her earlier film, ‘There is something in the air’. The pillars create a sense of traditional...
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