movies and magic

Movies and Magic and Mustaches

When we were in production on Pill Head, I ran to the local deli to pick up sandwiches because, this being a nano-budget indie, it was sandwiches for dinner personally delivered by...
Pauline Kael

Happy 100, Pauline Kael

Today marks the centenary of film critic Pauline Kael’s birth. Beside recreating film criticism in her New Yorker column and giving shape to our conversations of cinema — particularly that of America in...
Metropolis Movie

On Anthony Burgess and Inspiration: The Me in The Metropolis Movie

Artists can absorb influences so deeply, it can be renewing — if not startling — when we discover traces of them in our later, "mature" work. By traces, I don't mean George...
art house films

Art House Films for the Compleat Idiot

Before we discuss art house films, we must take a stroll: Long before the "Dummies" guides, there was How To Keep Your Volkswagen Alive: A Manual Of Step By Step Procedures For the Compleat Idiot....
video

The Beginning of the Film Industry

The film business is born in Paris with the Brothers Lumières' first paid public film screening on this day, December 28 in 1895. Among other selections, on the bill was La Sortie de l'Usine Lumière...