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  • The Price of Everything

    The Price of Everything

    ★★

    [4]

    "Where's the woman and where's the landscape?" With this one question, which filmmaker Nathaniel Kahn asks an art dealer in reference to a Willem de Kooning painting, "Woman and Landscape," sitting on a gallery floor, he openly displays the contempt for modern art he's been trying to hide throughout the entire film. If Kahn actually cared about his subject -- the world of art collectors and the art market, and how it affects both artists and the artworks they…

  • Five Year Diary, Reel 80: Emily Died

    Five Year Diary, Reel 80: Emily Died

    I often wonder how I would have dealt with the world had I been born into Anne Charlotte Robertson's shoes. She had mental problems much more severe than mine, and yet she created a body of work that was her emotional interface with a world that sometimes confused and frightened her. Her films are not artless, merely the direct transcription of the headlong blur of experience. She articulated them into artworks, sometimes overdubbing commentary later on, sometimes re-contextualizing the individual…

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  • Creepy

    Creepy

    ★★★

    [6]

    I miss the old Kiyoshi. The can't-be-sold Kiyoshi. Back in the fold Kiyoshi. That was the bold Kiyoshi. Remember Cure Kiyoshi? That wasn't your Kiyoshi? 'Cause that was my Kiyoshi. Damn, that was fly, Kiyoshi! You came with Kairo, Kiyoshi. That shit was fire, Kiyoshi! Even Bright Future Kiyoshi, that ill repute Kiyoshi. I dug it all, Kiyoshi. So why'd you stall, Kiyoshi? And then that Journey to the Shore? You got some gall, Kiyoshi!

    I miss the real…

  • The Imitation Game

    The Imitation Game

    ★★

    [4]

    If you happen to follow my Twitter feed, you'll know that I've already gotten a bit hot and bothered about this film. In retrospect, it was probably a good deal of energy wasted, or at least misdirected. I tend to forget that useless dreck like The Imitation Game is pimped on every streetcorner around Oscar season by an industry that considers movies as product, not art. Most of the time, that product is slathered in Adam Sandler, and it…