There’s already enough documentation on the Trump presidency to fill a university library (and we’re just getting started), but a few aspects have, I think, been underdocumented. One is Our 45th President’s almost endearing habit of asking, during his ex tempore rambles (politely, euphemistically and implausibly labeled “Remarks” on the White House website, as if they were full of stand-alone aphorisms that should be recorded for future circulation a la Oscar Wilde), where someone is: “Where is Reince?” “A couple of my friends are out in the audience today—Ike Perlmutter, Laura Perlmutter. Where are they? Where are they? Where are […]
Amongst the many tributes pouring out today to the late, great Jerry Lewis, slot this interview clip of Jean-Luc Godard from The Dick Cavett Show in 1980. Seeing him as continuing the great physical comedy tradition of Harry Langdon and Buster Keaton, Godard goes on to extoll Lewis’s precise framing and sense of geometry. “But do you find him funny,” Cavett asks, and the answer is worth rolling this clip.
In this video essay, :: kogonada returns to the films of Robert Bresson (which he previously explored in this video essay on the director’s use of hands), this time looking at his use of doors.
David Lynch is an alumni of MacDowell, the storied New Hampshire artists colony. He was awarded this weekend their MacDowell Medal in a ceremony hosted by author and MacDowell Colony chairman Michael Chabon but, due to a prior engagement, was unable to attend. He did send, however, a personalized, appropriately Lynchian video thank-you. Watch it above.
For the uninitiated, Robert Bresson can seem like one of the more forbidding of the all-time great directors. But his work has a visual precision, narrative economy and compelling worldview that remain absolutely transfixing today. In his latest video essay, which itself clocks in at an economical seven minutes, Julian Palmer (aka The Discarded Image) isolates and comments upon several of the most important elements of the Bressonian style, making it a great intro for beginners. If you’d like to learn more about The Discarded Image, and to possibly support further videos, check out the Patreon page.
James Quandt analyzes Robert Bresson’s themes and motifs in this video essay on L’argent, which just joined the Criterion Collection last month.
David Lynch delivers a message to Comic-Con attending fans of Twin Peaks: The Return in the only way we could expect.
Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd all share something in common. No, I’m not referring to the fact that they’re all icons of silent comic cinema, but they are all essential inspiration for the movements and facial expressions of Keanu Reeves in John Wick 2. The excessive violence that has defined the action franchise might make one overlook this connection, but Christopher Aguiar (aka “Mr. Nerdista” will break it all down for you in the video above.
Recently receiving its online premiere after months of plaudits on the genre festival circuit, Will Blank’s Limbo is a beautifully executed fantasy short concluding with an unexpected philosophical gut punch. Adapted from Marian Churchland’s graphic short story, the set up is simple — a man coping with the detritus of a failing relationship heads to the desert, where he comes across a dying dog able to grant him one wish. The starkness of the environment and the pathos of the situation — nobly conveyed by Sam Elliott, who voices the (skillfully animatronic) dog — elevates this simple story into something […]
This video essay examines Thelma Schoonmaker’s key contributions to Martin Scorsese’s work by taking a closer look at two scenes from Raging Bull. Bonus: footage of the Scorsese exhibition currently on display at the Eye Filmmuseum in Amsterdam.