Film of the Fortnight: Songs from the Second Floor

Songs from the Second Floor (2000) Roy Andersson Roy Andersson is arguably Sweden’s greatest and definitely Sweden’s most singular living filmmaker. There are many things that set Andersson apart, among them the imagery that has become his hallmark – bleak tableauesque scenes devoid of cuts and close ups – and an unmistakable absurdist tone. The…

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Film of the Fortnight: Hiroshima mon amour

Hiroshima mon amour (1959) Alain Resnais Hiroshima mon amour is a French-Japanese drama film directed by Alain Resnais, with a screenplay by Marguerite Duras. On the surface it depicts the affair between a French actress, shooting an anti-war film in Hiroshima, and a Japanese architect. At its core it deals with subjects such as understanding…

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Jay & Silent Bob Get Old | The Vic, Chicago, IL – March 30, 2017

Just go see this. I actually bought tickets to the show for my husband and his best-friend (and my cuddly co-husband, David) for David’s birthday in an attempt to lure David to Chicago for the week. But he can’t make it ’til summer so I had to go in his place. I was sad he…

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Film of the Fortnight: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) Hayao Miyazaki Environmental destruction, fear, conflict, warfare and compassion. Those are the central themes of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, a Japanese animated science fiction/fantasy adventure film written and directed by anime grandmaster Hayao Miyazaki. The film, which takes place in a distant post-apocalyptic future,…

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Film of the Fortnight: Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) John Cameron Mitchell Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a musical comedy drama film based on an off-Broadway glam rock musical with the same name. It was adapted for the screen and directed by John Cameron Mitchell who, together with Stephen Trask, also wrote the play. Mitchell furthermore plays…

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Film of the Fortnight: Come and see

Come and See (1985) Elem Klimov There are good films and there are great films. There are awful films and there are gruesome films. Come and See is a great and gruesome film. As a skillfully crafted and excellently acted Soviet war drama that takes place during the Nazi German occupation of the Belorussian SSR…

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Film of the Fortnight: The Triplets of Belleville

The Triplets of Belleville (2003) Sylvain Chomet The Triplets of Belleville is a French animated comedy and adventure film like no other, written and directed by Sylvain Chomet. What sets it apart is the animation and the narration. It is skillfully caricaturististic in style, rich in detail and full of surreal touches. Furthermore it features…

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Film of the Fortnight: Ida

Ida (2013) Paweł Pawlikowski Ida is a black and white Polish drama directed by Paweł Pawlikowski and written by Pawlikowski and Rebecca Lenkiewicz. The protagonist of the film is a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who is about to take her vows – first she just has to pay her only living relative a…

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Film of the Fortnight: Death in Venice

Death in Venice (1971) Luchino Visconti In 1912 Thomas Mann wrote the magnificent novella Death in Venice. In 1971 Luchino Visconti co-scripted, co-produced and directed a great adaptation of that novella. The story is well known: the middle-aged Gustav von Aschenbach travels to Venice and soon finds himself smitten with the stunningly beautiful adolescent boy…

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Film of the Fortnight: Perfect Blue

Perfect Blue (1997) Satoshi Kon A pop star wants to quit music to pursue an acting career and soon finds herself struggling to separate reality from fiction. That is the premise of Perfect Blue, a Japanese animated psychological thriller that appropriately has been described as “Hitchcock does anime”. Hitchcock is however not the man behind…

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