Summer 2014

Kodak Moments: Rick Linklater on His Award-Winning Long-Game Masterpiece, Boyhood

This interview with Rick Linklater about his Boyhood originally appeared as the cover story of our Summer, 2014 issue. As the film wins Best Picture from the New York Film Critics’ Circle, is is posted online for the first time. Time, along with its cousin memory, are among modernity’s great artistic subjects, with the title of Proust’s masterwork, In Search of Lost Time, articulating the journey of countless authors, playwrights, and filmmakers to creatively capture the sensations and meanings of our rapidly receding past. Among the latter have been directors whose films have reached for these passing years with any […]



Separate Bedrooms

In conversation below with fellow writer/director Todd Solondz, Ira Sachs calls his latest work,Love is Strange, “a middle-aged film” — not because it’s focused on midlife issues, but because “it has perspective on both what youth felt like as well as what aging can lead to.” That’s a beautiful formulation by Sachs on this warm and generous New York movie that charms by unexpectedly opening its perspective across both neighborhoods and generations. Love is Strange opens with a flurry of activity as two older gay men — a music teacher (Alfred Molina) and painter (John Lithgow) — take advantage of […]

  • All Together Now: Ned Benson on The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

    When Ned Benson started writing The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby 10 years ago, he had no idea his directorial debut would permutate into a unique creature, or, by present count, four unique incarnations, all of which are equally subjective movie-going experiences. Eleanor Rigby world-premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013 as two features, Her and Him, joined into a 201-minute juggernaut. Her immediately immerses us into the sorrow of one Eleanor Rigby (Jessica Chastain), a woman who’s suffered a loss but cannot bear to talk about it, whether with her estranged husband, Conor (James McAvoy), her sister Katy […]

  • A Life in the Theater: Philippe Garrel on Jealousy

    “We are all very much making Garrel’s film. He would have been happy to film at my place, or right nearby, using my clothes. Not to be realistic but for simplicity’s sake, because none of that counts for much. No colors. Nothing shiny. Elizabeth, the costume designer, and I are sometimes disconcerted by his flat rejections, right down to the stitching (too shiny).” — The Private Diaries of Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Deneuve, 1998 Though arguably less known than his model and actor son, Louis, Philippe Garrel is one of the great French filmmakers. He was considered a prodigy when he […]

  • Irregular Beats: Roberto Minervini on Stop the Pounding Heart

    The third film in Roberto Minervini’s “Texas trilogy,” Stop the Pounding Heart, is his first to get American distribution. His debut feature, 2011’s The Passage, followed a terminally ill woman driving through the state in search of a faith healer, while the following year’s Low Tide focused on a mother and her solitary son in small-town Texas. The three films are realized by Minervini in collaboration with his cast, non-actors whose characters and story lines are drawn from their own life experiences. Sara Carlson was a supporting player in The Passage, while Colby Trichell had a bull riding scene in […]


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