I don’t have any Christmas movie traditions, but if I did Arnaud Desplechin’s Un Conte de Noël (A Christmas Tale) would be on the list. Holidays are a vehicle for bringing dysfunctional families together, and the Vuillards of Un Conte de Noël are collectively off-kilter enough to transcend the film clichés.Read More
Bertrand Tavernier’s massive, marvelous documentary about French film showed at the New York Film Festival on Sunday, and it’s a delight for francophile-cinéphile hybrids everywhere.Read More
Catching the 10PM screening of That Man From Rio at the Film Forum the other week confirmed to me why we still need movie theatres in the age of screening. Between the collective whistling at Belmondo’s face (well, who wouldn’t?) and the unidentified bottle of alcohol that was passed around the theatre, a raucous good time was had by all. And as someone who had only seen the film on VHS, the vibrant new restoration was a real treat.Read More
A handful of stories from around the web that we've been talking about this week:
The Verge: How Silicon Valley promotes a homogenous aesthetic.
The New Yorker: The restoration of Louis Malle’s 1958 film “Elevator to the Gallows."
The Guardian: Tony Allen, Fela Kuti, and Afrobeat.
NPR: A conversation with Radiohead's Johnny Greenwood.
Gawker: The Ailes's small-town newspaper goes to bat for Roger.
The New York Times: Stand up to terrorism and don't stop traveling.Read More