- We're pleased to announce that MUBI is continuing our collaboration with FILMADRID International Film Festival to bring a section dedicated to the art of the video essay to this year's edition of the festival.
- In celebration of the centennial of André Bazin, the original critical proponent for long takes and deep focus, Dave Kehr aptly shares this breathtaking 1-hour-long jaunt through Tokyo:
In honor of Andre Bazin's 100th birthday, here's a link to my favorite YouTube long take stylist, Guy Who Walks Around Tokyo, aka Rambalac.https://t.co/w1AXCgy7Ym— Dave Kehr (@dave_kehr) April 18, 2018
- The trailer (now with English subtitles!) for Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda's latest—and mighty promising—family drama, set to premiere at Cannes next month:
- Conversely, here's the U.S. trailer for the latest movie by another similarly hyper-productive auteur, Hong Sang-soo's The Day After (which we reviewed last year here at Notebook.):
- Golden Bear winner & Yugoslav Black Wave filmmaking prodigy Želimir Žilnik is being treated to a retrospective of his work in Oldenburg—and the good news for those not in northwest Germany is that some of Žilnik's exuberant films are now available online (for free!) for the first time.
- A trailer we can't help but be charmed and intrigued by, a documentary portrait of the great footballer and coach, Bobby Robson:
- Actress, filmmaker, author, and overall renaissance woman Isabella Rossellini discusses a vast spectrum of topics, including her complex relationship with #MeToo, with David Marchese for Vulture.
- A must-read Twitter thread: Disney's restorative efforts might also be destroying their classic films original animation and aesthetics.
The Blu-ray of CINDERELLA (right) has been so scrubbed of grain that they've actually destroyed the linework in some scenes pic.twitter.com/TlqiVk5eY6— Stephen Duignan (@stephen_duignan) April 23, 2018
- In light of the significant absence of American films at this year's Cannes Film Festival, Eric Kohn ponders why there remains a mysterious absence of a large scale U.S.-based film festival to pick up this slack.
- Related to the arguments over this year's upcoming Cannes, at The Ringer Sean Fennessey explores the confusion of Netflix's releases of their own original productions, and what this means for American cinema at large.
- For The Brooklyn Rail, Lydia Ogwang deep dives into the many challenges, complexities, and ambiguities of Basma Alsharif's film Ouroboros.
- Justine Smith provides an essential perspective on school shootings (of which she is a survivor) and her subsequent relationship with Gus Van Sant's Elephant and Denis Villeneuve's Polytechnique.
- Calling again to the importance of André Bazin, we highly recommend this old Dave Kehr-penned portrait of the formation, evolution, and legacy of Cahiers du cinéma.
- In the event of his new documentary, The Devil and Father Amorth, opening in the U.S. this weekend, William Friedkin sits down with Guillermo del Toro to talk shop for Talkhouse:
- A video essay that finds the reflective surfaces and auteurist echoes of Michael Mann's actioner Blackhat.
- A look at the meaning of color and decor in Douglas Sirk's classic melodrama All That Heaven Allows.
- A listen to the soundtrack of Orlando, Sally Potter's film of a time traveling, androgynous nobleman.
- A wide array of international posters for two of the late, great Czech director Milos Foreman's earliest classics.
- Need we say more? See the full mosaic at artist Vashi Nedomansky's website.
This is the coolest thing I’ve ever read. Now I’m going to hear Prince songs in my head as Shin Godzilla kills everyone. pic.twitter.com/VYdEOM6srK— Mark (@DyerMarker) April 23, 2018
- We are in love with this uncanny easter egg and tribute to Prince made by director Hideaki Anno in his killer recent film, Shin Godzilla.