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The Noteworthy: R.I.P. Alexey Balabanov (1959-2013), Miyazaki's "The Wind is Rising", Hoberman on Jacobs

Alexey Balabanov passes, details on Hayao Miyazaki's latest film, Spielberg and Scorsese discuss "the lightness of touch", and more...


  • The highly celebrated Russian director Alexey Balabanov has passed away at the age of 54. 
  • Laurent Cantet, director of The Class, also has a new project: "Vuelta a Itaca is a Cuban set drama about Amadeo, who returns to the Havana after a 16-year exile. Over one night, he and his childhood friends retrace their lives." via Dark Horizons.
  • Above: Concept art and a frame from Hayao Miyazaki's new film, Kaze Tachinu (The Wind is Rising). Further details, including a release date can be found at Slash Film.
  • From Alfonso Cuarón to Sam Raimi, Indiewire collects a curious list of names making the jump to directing Television episodes in the upcoming 2013/2014 season. 


  • Above: Peter Cook takes a look at the history of the matte painting at Shadowlocked.

Ruhr (James Benning, 2009)

"His first movie, 'Orchard Street' (1956), was a straightforward observation of Lower East Side life; the films that followed, many starring the wildly uninhibited Jack Smith, used Manhattan streets, rooftops and dumps as the backdrop for sardonic minidramas of social despair."

From the Archives.

"In terms of the story, what bothers me, Frank’s story, is the style, the lightness of touch. It’s a very deceptive movie because there’s a lightness in the storytelling visuals and in the cutting in this story about Frank and his two fathers — really one father in a way."

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