The Ballad of Cable Hogue, Straw Dogs and Eight Million Ways to Die: Jim Hemphill’s Home Video Picks

Straw Dogs

It’s been a good few months for Sam Peckinpah fans, as several films that were previously only available on standard-def DVDs with serviceable transfers have started appearing on Blu-ray. In an earlier column I recommended Warner Archive’s exquisite pressing of…  Read more

By Jun 23, 2017

My Journey Through French Cinema: Personal Canon-Building with Bertrand Tavernier

Bertrand Tavernier in My Journey Through French Cinema

Names you won’t hear in Bertrand Tavernier’s personal history of French cinema: Abel Gance, Marcel Pagnol, Sacha Guitry, Alain Resnais, Philippe Garrel. Don’t expect to hear about any directors who got started after the ’60s either: Tavernier begins with a…  Read more

By Jun 20, 2017

Five Questions with Loving Vincent Producer Sean Bobbitt

In 2014 I spoke with Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, respectively the writer/director and co-director/co-writer/producer of Loving Vincent, an animated film about the final days of Vincent Van Gogh’s life that was then in preproduction. Three and a half years and much…  Read more

By Jun 20, 2017

Five Ideas Regarding Twin Peaks: The Return (Parts 1-6)

Kyle MacLachlan and Naomi Watts in Twin Peaks: The Return

It would require a doctoral thesis to concoct a coherent theory regarding the deep intellectual structure and symbolism of the new Twin Peaks, and I am sure that there are numerous academics already hard at work on the task. There…  Read more

By Jun 19, 2017

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