Nightcrawler: The Alien Who Fell To Earth

Nightcrawler: The Alien Who Fell To Earth

Nightcrawler (2014, dir. Gilroy) was one of the best flicks of last year. I’d like to offer a soft critique of what kept it from being great. The shortcoming consists of slightly overplaying its strength — the “otherness” of Jake...
Awesome Christmas Sale On Artifacts DVDs

Awesome Christmas Sale On Artifacts DVDs

http://www.artifactsofidealism.com/movie/dvd/ Only $3, from now til December 13. That’s over 60% off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great stocking stuffers for that indie film lover in your...
Guillaume Brac: A World Without Women

Guillaume Brac: A World Without Women

Sometimes you have an aesthetic in your head and you search for it out in the world (and in my case you also try to create it with your own work). Having fallen short of the ideal so far on my own steam, it can be very disappointing when I continually search for other...
Artifacts DVDs

Artifacts DVDs

For the first time in company history, 24/30 Cinema has produced commercial DVDs. You can check them out here: http://www.artifactsofidealism.com/movie/dvd/
Movie Magic

Movie Magic

Reason # 357 why I love making movies… this was what the actual set looked like:   Lose your location the day before shooting, and dress up a completely empty room with garbage. An end table props up on some recycling bins to make a desk, my living room...
Masterpieces of the American New Wave

Masterpieces of the American New Wave

Criterion outdid themselves this month with the announcement of their November titles. America Lost and Found: The BBS Story is pretty much the most exciting box set this year. For those looking to get acquainted with late 60s/early 70s American cinema, this is an...
A Rejection Of Symbolism & Coded Meaning

A Rejection Of Symbolism & Coded Meaning

The critic or audience member who searches and picks apart a movie to assign and define symbolism is analogous to the tourist who visits the Louvre and only looks at the paintings through the viewfinder of her digital camera. A. the storing up of self-congratulatory...
Eric Rohmer (1920 – 2010): RIP Maestro

Eric Rohmer (1920 – 2010): RIP Maestro

We are deeply saddened today at the passing of a giant of filmmaking. Eric Rohmer gave us everything he had, year after year, masterpiece after masterpiece. My own first feature, Pieces, is unthinkable without Rohmer. Aside from perhaps Robert Bresson, no one achieved...
Max et les ferrailleurs (Max and the Junkmen)

Max et les ferrailleurs (Max and the Junkmen)

Claude Sautet mostly made (or was most famous for making) “domestic, bourgeois” dramas. He also made a handful of crime films. Max seems to be a melding of the two, almost perfectly. Up until the forty minute mark or so, it was almost boring, almost too...