The Best World War II Documentary Was Faked
May 03, 2014
The Battle of San Pietro was largely reenacted. The explosions were fake. But the troops were real, and they were really dying.
'Ida' Is a New Masterpiece of Polish Cinema
May 02, 2014
Ida is one of the very best Polish films of all time.
The Art of Scandal
May 02, 2014
Unless it is something outrageous—like Kim Kardashian doing it in the library with John Boehner and a debt ceiling—don’t expect us to be impressed or to remember it by tonight. So the full heartfelt insanity with which Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini invented modern scandal has to be traced in history.
Miele is a film about assisted suicide that doesn't moralize about it. Needless to say, it couldn't have been made in America.
Can a Movie Make Josef Mengele Relatable?
May 01, 2014
We are in Patagonia, on a road that lasts 300 miles. A family are ready to make the journey in a battered white van—father, mother and three children, and the mother is pregnant again.
'Locke' is the Best New Film of the Year
April 24, 2014
Locke is a film in which the locusts and the furies of confusion come to life. Go see it.
These Newsreels Tell the History of the 20th Century
April 23, 2014
Eighty-five thousand historic newsreels were uploaded to YouTube. The author of The Biographical Dictionary of Films tells you what to watch.
“Belarus isn’t sexy. Sexy countries have oil, gas, diamonds, sea, mountains.” A woman named Yana is standing on a stage wearing a robe and a crown of flowers, surrounded by fellow actors and delivering a fiery speech in Russian.
Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, and Rebecca Hall are trapped in this terrible movie.
Young adult books (and films) speak to the part of us whose identity is yet unformed, full of rage and fear and longing.