Twilight of the Robots? Androids in Contemporary Cinema

Maren Eggert and Dan Stevens in I’m Your Man (courtesy of Beta Cinema)

In August 2021, Elon Musk announced that his company is prototyping a humanoid robot called the “Tesla Bot.” He shared the stage with an ecstatically dancing figure that was obviously a human in a robot costume. Musk assured the audience…  Read more

By Oct 11, 2021

The COVID Challenge: Arthouses Adjust to a Reconfigured Landscape

Nicolas Cage and Alex Wolff in Pig (courtesy of NEON)

In the Heights, Black Widow, Respect and Candyman—not typical indie-film fare, but because of the pressures of the ongoing pandemic on theatrical moviegoing, these are just some of the films arthouses have booked over the past several months. Granted, the…  Read more

By Oct 11, 2021

Environmental Storytelling

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By Oct 11, 2021

Dial-up Connections: All About Lily Chou-Chou at 20

All About Lily Chou-Chou (courtesy of Film Movement)

Twenty years after the release of All About Lily Chou-Chou, I can’t think of a film that better depicts what first drew people to the internet, and certainly none that matches its expressive use of content-type header errors. Director Shunji…  Read more

By Jul 12, 2021

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