In a place where killers are celebrated as heroes, these filmmakers challenge unrepentant death-squad leaders to dramatize their role in genocide. The result is a surreal, cinematic journey, not only into the memories and imaginations of mass murderers, but also into a frighteningly banal regime of corruption and impunity. –TIFF
I've changed my mind quite a bit since I saw it. There were always doubts, and I think that what esteem I had for it stemmed from intimidation and a reflexive sense of obligation--a sense that a movie this morbid and this revelatory had to be special. But what's the actual achievement? Anwar's crimes are unsubstantiated, and the endless indulgence of him is more sensational than analytical.
Expecting Rivette’s Out 1 and Feuillade’s Tih Minh but thwarted, a search for the infinite at the Vienna Int’l Film Festival.
A new film from Vincent Gallo?, The Canyons trailer remixed, O. Russell’s American Hustle, Rosenbaum on Blue Jasmine and more.
TIFF begins to unveil its lineup, new Lumière, Malick sued, Spike Lee & Kickstarter, Herzog & Morris on Act of Killing, and more.
New Film Comment, The Dissolve launches, Rosenbaum on Greed, Naruse expounded, Asia Argento’s Vine, and more.
New releases from Criterion, filmmaking lessons from Alejandro Jodorowsky, trailers from Scorsese, Bong Joon-ho & more.
A new issue of Cineaste, Takashi Miike in english, Vulgar Auteurism under fire, Richard Brody on Allan Dwan, and more.
Much had been said about The Act of Killing and to such unanimous extent, that when I finally had the chance to go for a screening a few weeks ago at Hackney… read review
The most disturbing is to see how, not only in countries ravaged by violence, paramilitarism serves to the purposes of all legitimate institutions, and, when they are not killing people, they participate… read review