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Exiles in Modernity | Jonathan Rosenbaum

Exiles in Modernity | Jonathan Rosenbaum | Film, the measure of all things | Scoop.it
The bombs we plant in each other are ticking away. — Edward Yang
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Declarations of Independents: Movies for Chameleons | Jonathan Rosenbaum

Declarations of Independents: Movies for Chameleons | Jonathan Rosenbaum | Film, the measure of all things | Scoop.it
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Here's The List Of Queer Movies You Must See This Year

Here's The List Of Queer Movies You Must See This Year | Film, the measure of all things | Scoop.it
The Daddy of all queer film festivals is celebrating the big three-nine this year. Frameline39: The San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival (which started off back in 1977 with one evening of short Super8 films projected on a bedsheet) run...
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Interesting list and written by someone who knows a thing or two for a change.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal, 37, Told She's 'Too Old' To Play Love Interest Of 55-Year-Old

Maggie Gyllenhaal, 37, Told She's 'Too Old' To Play Love Interest Of 55-Year-Old | Film, the measure of all things | Scoop.it
Apparently, a 37-year-old actress is not young enough to play the romantic interest of a 55-year-old actor.

Maggie Gyllenhaal discussed ageism and sexism in Hollywood in the upcoming issue of TheW

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A ½ review of The Giver (2014)

A ½ review of The Giver (2014) | Film, the measure of all things | Scoop.it

One of There were a couple of seconds in this prepubescently earnest dystopian sci-fi fantasy that I thought maybe the director had the formal discipline to show what he was thinking instead off beating us over the head with it. I enjoyed the initial gradual shifts from b&w to color, despite the obviousness of the metaphor, and despite the allusions to Pleasantville, a much better movie, and to even the Wizard of Oz. There were also a handful of unintentionally humorous bits, the funniest of these bein

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One of my funniest reviews, I have to say.

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Chains Of Ignorance [NIGHTJOHN] | Jonathan Rosenbaum

Chains Of Ignorance [NIGHTJOHN] | Jonathan Rosenbaum | Film, the measure of all things | Scoop.it
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Charles Burnett's "fairy tale"about illiteracy and slavery, produced by the Disney Channel.

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Il Cinema Ritrovato DVD Awards 2014 | Jonathan Rosenbaum

Il Cinema Ritrovato DVD Awards 2014 | Jonathan Rosenbaum | Film, the measure of all things | Scoop.it
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Important DVD releases from the past year, as curated by a passionate panel, including Jonathan Rosenbaum.

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Entries in 1001 MOVIES YOU MUST SEE BEFORE YOU DIE (the fourth dozen) | Jonathan Rosenbaum

Entries in 1001 MOVIES YOU MUST SEE BEFORE YOU DIE (the fourth dozen) | Jonathan Rosenbaum | Film, the measure of all things | Scoop.it
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Jon Rafman's Not-So-Still Life of a Digital Betamale

Jon Rafman's Not-So-Still Life of a Digital Betamale | Film, the measure of all things | Scoop.it
"As you look at the screen, it is possible to believe you are gazing into eternity," says an absent, artificial female voice in the beginning of Jon Rafman's NSFW "Still Life (Betamale)" (2013) vid...
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The Last Filmmaker | Jonathan Rosenbaum

The Last Filmmaker | Jonathan Rosenbaum | Film, the measure of all things | Scoop.it
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I grabbed this exact frame just a few minutes ago while re-watching Pickpocket.

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In Defense of Non-Masterpieces | Jonathan Rosenbaum

In Defense of Non-Masterpieces | Jonathan Rosenbaum | Film, the measure of all things | Scoop.it
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As usual, this essay is not just a review of a specific film. 3 stars. A must-read.

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Look how scared he is — Fighting through heterosexism in Benny's Gym

Look how scared he is — Fighting through heterosexism in Benny's Gym | Film, the measure of all things | Scoop.it
"How do I know I'm gay?" That may seem like a dumb question, or at least an easy one to answer for many people, but young men and boys and even some older men, ask that honest question all the time...
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War Porn [JARHEAD] | Jonathan Rosenbaum

War Porn [JARHEAD] | Jonathan Rosenbaum | Film, the measure of all things | Scoop.it

As u

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As usual, in reviewing one movie, Rosenbaum provides lessons in how to watch movies in general, and in how movies get made

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“I am not Carl Dreyer, and I should shut up”

“I am not Carl Dreyer, and I should shut up” | Film, the measure of all things | Scoop.it
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Bordwell on de Toro's audio commentary for Carl Dreyer's Vampyr. Provocative, he insists that for movie characters to be  good they don't have to be nuanced and that "decoded symbols become “ciphers.”"

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Diminuendo and Crescendo in Film Criticism (interview by Ehsan Khoshbakht) | Jonathan Rosenbaum

Diminuendo and Crescendo in Film Criticism (interview by Ehsan Khoshbakht) | Jonathan Rosenbaum | Film, the measure of all things | Scoop.it
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Says Khoshbakht (and me): [His] work is unmatched by any living film writer for its breadth and rigor."

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Adolescent Eye | Jonathan Rosenbaum

Adolescent Eye | Jonathan Rosenbaum | Film, the measure of all things | Scoop.it
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Rosenbaum's one and only TV review. His biases are clear — he doesn't like rock 'n'roll either — and apparently immutable, but as always this is a valuable essay on Lynch's series, Twin Peaks.

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Senses of Cinema – Sins of Omission: A Dissenting View of Robert Bresson

Senses of Cinema – Sins of Omission: A Dissenting View of Robert Bresson | Film, the measure of all things | Scoop.it

"In effect, Bresson is anti-modernist, which is why it is so surprising to find him being praised most highly by critics who wear their politics (always Leftist, of course) on their sleeves. Would someone so profoundly neo-Catholic be comfortable in the company of critics whose political philosophy begins with a denial of most of his ideas? Critics who have probably never prayed profess that they find Bresson’s late films profoundly moving. Are they closet æsthetes? When J. Hoberman writes that “Bluntly put, to not get Bresson is to not get the idea of motion pictures”, he is clearly speaking – quite snobbishly – to a large number of critics who don’t “get” Bresson. When he then adds that “it’s to have missed that train the Lumière brothers filmed arriving at Lyon station 110 years ago”, he is being silly. "

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For my part, I've really been getting into Bresson lately, as an antidote to the fake sincerity and sentimentality of so much film product.

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Temple of Dumb [INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE] | Jonathan Rosenbaum

Temple of Dumb [INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE] | Jonathan Rosenbaum | Film, the measure of all things | Scoop.it
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Rosenbaum: I can understand why the creators of this movie didn’t want to spoil our fun by reminding us of what drove us into the theater in the first place. The fact that they can transport us with fantasy while making full use of the iconic residue left by Jesus, Hitler and the Nazis, and a few other “entertainment” standbys from the real world is what I find so creepy. A genuine if troubled believer like Martin Scorsese gets the religious world in an uproar for daring to express himself in The Last Temptation of Christ, but a work of cynical expediency like Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which uses Christianity the way Russ Meyer uses large breasts, is all set to be received like a secular sacrament.

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MoMA | Robert Bresson’s Pickpocket

MoMA | Robert Bresson’s Pickpocket | Film, the measure of all things | Scoop.it
MoMA | Robert Bresson’s Pickpocket
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Just re-watched Pickpocket.

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