Be sure to catch One Night Only films on the one night they will play publicly on the big screen in Madison.
Mushi Productions’ Belladonna of Sadness pushes to extremes the tension between motion and stillness often found in Japanese animation (“anime”) to great aesthetic effect. James Kreul argues that despite a decidedly 1970s male-fantasy (and a little rapey) take on sex and power, the film delivers a uniquely rich and textured visual experience. […]
James Kreul discusses Piotr Kamler’s Chronopolis, screening at MMoCA’s Rooftop Cinema series. He suggests that audiences should appreciate the film’s abstract qualities instead of insisting on narrative momentum. […]
The UW Cinematheque kicks off its Summer 2016 programming and a “French Tough Guys” series with Henri Verneuil’s 1963 heist film, Any Number Can Win. James Kreul argues that while its breezy plot and abundant star power (Jean Gabin, Alain Delon) provide entertaining relief from current summer blockbuster fare, don’t expect much more than a well-executed genre film. […]
James Kreul looks at the opening night of MMoCA’s Rooftop Cinema series, which provides an intriguing look at the development of animator Don Hertzfeldt’s unique style and sensibility, despite being a disappointingly short program. […]
James Kreul looks at Korean director Hong Sang-soo’s latest take on the “forking-path” parallel universe trope, Right Now, Wrong Then, and argues that the minimalist style pays off when it throws into relief several changes in emotional beats. […]
James Kreul looks at the concluding film in the Spring 2016 schedule for the Micro-Wave Cinema Series, Celia Rowlson-Hall’s MA. With her debut feature film, Rawlson-Hall ventures into biblically inspired mythopoeia that works best when meaning is embodied in movement and the body itself. […]