Film

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Long brushed off as a horrendous excuse for a film, Paul Verhoeven and Joe Eszterhas’s epic flop Showgirls may have more than meets the eye. Or, at least, its vulgar superficiality may be worth critical re-evaluation

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Reactor

The Last Victorian Microscope Artist

by Allison Meier on September 22, 2014

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The art of diatom designs didn’t really make it into the 21st century.

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Essays

A Documentarian of Memory

by Michael Blum on August 21, 2014

Chris Marker, still from 'Level Five'

Chris Marker’s death two years ago, on the day of his 91st birthday, heralded a surge of renewed interest in the enigmatic French filmmaker. With an impressive retrospective centered on a digital restoration of the film Level Five (1997), the Brooklyn Academy of Music presses on with the project of rehabilitating the fringes of Marker’s career.

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Still from 'Boy Meets Girl'

Thirty years after its release seduced critics with a nocturnal, jumbled dream of love and light, Leos Carax’s debut film, Boy Meets Girl, continues to burn with contradictions, seeming somehow to be younger today than it was yesterday.

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Spectacle Theater

Spectacle excels at making the most of whatever its members put their eclectic, seemingly tireless minds to. Seven days a week the volunteer-made, volunteer-run, 30-seat screening space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, hustles out a menagerie of films — rare, radical, forgotten, misbegotten, offbeat, and controversial — which they charge $5 to see.

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Close-up of one of Emery Blagdon's hanging sculptures (2012), wire, found bottles, wire, metallic foil, paint, shells, dimensions variable

Yesterday evening’s nationwide PBS broadcast of Kelly Rush’s new documentary short, Emery Blagdon & His Healing Machine, served as a reminder of just what it is that distinguishes the lives and careers of the most exemplary outsider artists.

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Ellar Coltrane, age 9, in 'Boyhood'

The big bet pays off in Boyhood, much like the risks of early life: making friends, changing the way we think and look, the things we do.

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Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi continues to make movies. Caged in his perverse, Kafkaesque “larger prison,” Panahi faces a 20-year ban by the Iranian government on filmmaking, international travel, and interviews.

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Post image for China’s Buried Past and Submerged Future: Patty Chang and David Kelley’s ‘Flotsam Jetsam’

In the opening moments of the film, Flotsam Jetsam (2007) by Patty Chang and David Kelley, currently playing at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, a bridge-like structure is seen in the distance, partially traversing what seems to be a wide river.

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Post image for Debuts Distinguish BAMcinemaFest 2014

Opening tonight with the New York premiere of Boyhood, Richard Linklater’s highly anticipated coming-of-age tale, the sixth incarnation of BAMcinemaFest finds the festival itself approaching maturity.

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