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Our #MOTW look at man-vs.-wild films kicks off with Werner Herzog’s stunning GRIZZLY MAN.
07/07/2015
The human nature of Werner Herzog’s Grizzly Man

Our #MOTW look at man-vs.-wild films kicks off with Werner Herzog’s stunning GRIZZLY MAN.

A Movie Of The Week month devoted to the theme of man vs. nature kicks off with a look at Werner Herzog’s stunning examination of ...

The docu-essay DO I SOUND GAY? takes a personal approach to understanding a vocal affectation.
07/07/2015
Do I Sound Gay?

The docu-essay DO I SOUND GAY? takes a personal approach to understanding a vocal affectation.

Mixing the personal with the cultural and historical, David Thorpe’s documentary investigates the changing sound of his own voice and the ...

TANGERINE is following a wave of trans actors playing trans roles, but it has the potential to start a wave of its own.
07/07/2015
Why Tangerine could be a turning point for transgender actors

TANGERINE is following a wave of trans actors playing trans roles, but it has the potential to start a wave of its own.

There’s a long tradition of cisgender actors playing transgender roles—often to great acclaim. But trans actors have started to make waves ...

RIP to the legendary talent manager and producer behind NASHVILLE, KARATE KID, the OCEAN'S films, and much, much, much m...
07/07/2015
Jerry Weintraub (1937 - 2015)

RIP to the legendary talent manager and producer behind NASHVILLE, KARATE KID, the OCEAN'S films, and much, much, much more.

The legendary film producer and talent manager passed away yesterday.

Before breaking through with The Descent, Neil Marshall made an auspicious debut with DOG SOLDIERS, now available via Sh...
07/06/2015
Dog Soldiers

Before breaking through with The Descent, Neil Marshall made an auspicious debut with DOG SOLDIERS, now available via Shout! Factory.

Before his horror breakthrough The Descent, Neil Marshall made a terrific debut with this movie-crazy werewolf thriller, about military ...

MAGIC MIKE XXL admirably acknowledges that women have sexual fantasies, but it has some weird ideas about what those are...
07/06/2015
Female pleasure looks mighty odd in Magic Mike XXL

MAGIC MIKE XXL admirably acknowledges that women have sexual fantasies, but it has some weird ideas about what those are.

On every level of calculation, the film is about servicing women’s sexuality; it’s an open, repeated plot point. But the film has some ...

VALERIE AND HER WEEK OF WONDERS, now on The Criterion Collection, is one of the great coming-of-age films.
07/06/2015
Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders

VALERIE AND HER WEEK OF WONDERS, now on The Criterion Collection, is one of the great coming-of-age films.

Jaromil Jires’ 1970 Czech New Wave classic delves into the subconscious of a 13-year-old girl, which takes her through a fantasy realm, but ...

The winning ZARAFA blends complicated influences into a simple animated kids’ movie.
07/02/2015
Zarafa

The winning ZARAFA blends complicated influences into a simple animated kids’ movie.

This French-Belgian animated co-production takes its designs from Disney, its setting from Michel Ocelot, and its story from history. But ...

WINTER’S BONE biker vet Ron Hall makes a startling subject in the emotional doc STRAY DOG.
07/02/2015
Stray Dog

WINTER’S BONE biker vet Ron Hall makes a startling subject in the emotional doc STRAY DOG.

While shooting Winter’s Bone, director Debra Granik met Ron “Stray Dog” Hall and began shooting a portrait of his life. Her doc about him ...

Some intriguing indies and a quintessential 1980s blockbuster form this week's streaming recommendations.
07/02/2015
The week of July 3’s best new streaming titles

Some intriguing indies and a quintessential 1980s blockbuster form this week's streaming recommendations.

A long-awaited Russian import, a brilliantly nasty punk indie, and a former Movie Of The Week fill out this week's selections.

The symbolic 69 of John Woo’s THE KILLER and more, in our Forum on its images, its action, and the cinema of cool.
07/02/2015
Forum: The Killer

The symbolic 69 of John Woo’s THE KILLER and more, in our Forum on its images, its action, and the cinema of cool.

A conversation about The Killer covers its auspicious arrival in America, its lasting legacy, and whether or not John Woo lays on the ...

The heartbreaking doc AMY exposes how little the public knew about Amy Winehouse. It's Essential Viewing.
07/01/2015
Amy

The heartbreaking doc AMY exposes how little the public knew about Amy Winehouse. It's Essential Viewing.

Senna director Asif Kapadia unpacks the mysteries of Amy Winehouse’s tragic life with a heartbreaking documentary that exposes the toxic ...

The arresting doc CARTEL LAND follows vigilantes on opposite sides of the border. It's Essential Viewing.
07/01/2015
Cartel Land

The arresting doc CARTEL LAND follows vigilantes on opposite sides of the border. It's Essential Viewing.

A thrilling documentary explores the borderland where those on both sides of the drug war end up with dirty hands.

Why did THE KILLER help introduce Hong Kong filmmaking to the rest of the world? Our Movie Of The Week look at John Woo'...
06/30/2015
The sincerity and sensation of John Woo’s The Killer

Why did THE KILLER help introduce Hong Kong filmmaking to the rest of the world? Our Movie Of The Week look at John Woo's breakthrough kicks off today.

Though Woo’s influences range from Sam Peckinpah and Martin Scorsese to Le Samouraï and Magnificent Obsession, his breakthrough hit brought ...

TERMINATOR GENISYS is dysapointing:
06/30/2015
Terminator Genisys

TERMINATOR GENISYS is dysapointing:

The fifth entry in the increasingly convoluted Terminator series gets some mileage out of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s turn as an aging T-800, ...

New feature! The Deepest Cut looks at competing versions of films to see which is worth your time. First up: James Camer...
06/29/2015
Which version of James Cameron’s The Abyss is better?

New feature! The Deepest Cut looks at competing versions of films to see which is worth your time. First up: James Cameron's 1989 undersea science fiction adventure THE ABYSS:

Our new feature digs into multiple version of the same film. First up: James Cameron’s The Abyss, an ambitious underwater adventure that ...

In case you missed this on Friday, the latest installment of our Dissolve Canon series looked at the 50 most daring role...
06/29/2015
The 50 most daring film roles for women since Ripley

In case you missed this on Friday, the latest installment of our Dissolve Canon series looked at the 50 most daring roles for women since Ripley:

Starting with the watershed moment of Sigourney Weaver’s tough-as-nails space heroine, we look at some of the female roles that broke ...

The latest installment in The Dissolve Canon series— The 50 Most Daring Roles For Women Since Ripley—selects the the rol...
06/26/2015
The 50 most daring film roles for women since Ripley

The latest installment in The Dissolve Canon series— The 50 Most Daring Roles For Women Since Ripley—selects the the roles that have changed the landscape for actresses over the last few decades, from MS. 45 to THE PIANO to GONE GIRL.

Starting with the watershed moment of Sigourney Weaver’s tough-as-nails space heroine, we look at some of the female roles that broke ...

MAX: He's a good dog. Yes he is. But his movie's not so hot:
06/25/2015
Max

MAX: He's a good dog. Yes he is. But his movie's not so hot:

An ex-military dog helps a kid come of age in a family drama that hits familiar notes.

Did you enjoy TED? Chances are you still won't enjoy TED 2:
06/25/2015
Ted 2

Did you enjoy TED? Chances are you still won't enjoy TED 2:

Seth MacFarlane’s signature mix of thoughtless provocation, lazy gag-writing, and sitcom technique combine for a hugely disappointing ...

Continuing our Movie Of The Week look at Sofia Coppola's THE VIRGIN SUICIDES, here's a piece looking at how Sofia Coppol...
06/25/2015
In Sofia Coppola’s films, music says what characters can’t

Continuing our Movie Of The Week look at Sofia Coppola's THE VIRGIN SUICIDES, here's a piece looking at how Sofia Coppola uses music as a form of communication in all of her movies:

From The Virgin Suicides through The Bling Ring, Coppola turns up the volume even when her characters can’t express themselves.

Love blooms with the flowers in A LITTLE CHAOS, Alan Rickman’s film about a Versailles romance.
06/23/2015
A Little Chaos

Love blooms with the flowers in A LITTLE CHAOS, Alan Rickman’s film about a Versailles romance.

The resplendent gardens of Versailles take on heavy metaphorical value in Alan Rickman’s love story about the forbidden romance between ...

BIG GAME’s crazy premise—president running from hunters in Finnish wilderness—isn’t matched by the execution.
06/23/2015
Big Game

BIG GAME’s crazy premise—president running from hunters in Finnish wilderness—isn’t matched by the execution.

The director of the twisted Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale tries his hand at the Big Dopey Action Movie, casting Samuel L. Jackson as a ...

ESCOBAR: PARADISE LOST observes a drug lord’s downfall from the outside. The way outside.
06/23/2015
Escobar: Paradise Lost

ESCOBAR: PARADISE LOST observes a drug lord’s downfall from the outside. The way outside.

A dramatization of the waning power of drug lord Pablo Escobar observes the action from a far distance.

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30 years ago today, "Weird Al" Yankovic's UHF was released, so why not revisit the oral history of the film that I did for The Dissolve? I interviewed Conan the Librarian, for God's sake!
I don't know if this is appropriate (so feel free to delete if it's not) but I'm thinking of doing my first Rabb.it stream of "Kittysneezes TV" — about 2 hours of curated stuff. It's all pretty PG, and it's some kind of weird stuff, but fun. Some rare short films and whatnot. It'll be up at: https://www.rabb.it/kittysneezes at 7PM Pacific (UTC-8 hours). But yeah if anyone's interested, yay!