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Moonlight (2016)

It has been eight years since Barry Jenkins' lovely feature debut Medicine for Melancholy (2008), which the Florida-born filmmaker shot while living in San Francisco; it was one of those releases so small that even "under the radar" was too big to describe it. Now he has relocated to Los Angeles, and his second feature film, Moonlight, is getting heavy buzz. It helps that times have changed. Discussions of homosexuality and race have been moved to the forefront, with the recent legalization of gay marriage, and Donald Trump's devil-may-care racism in the 2016 election. In fact, given the recent fizzle of Nate Parker's simplistic The Birth of a Nation, Jenkins's film has an outside chance to fill the void at this year's Oscars. read more...
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Moonlight (2016)

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  • With: Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes, Janelle Monáe, Naomie Harris, Jaden Piner, Jharrel Jerome, André Holland
  • Written by: Barry Jenkins
  • Directed by: Barry Jenkins
  • MPAA Rating: R for some sexuality, drug use, brief violence, and language throughout
  • Running Time: 111 minutes
  • Release Date: 10/27/2016
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The Deserted Station (2002)

The two leaders of Iranian film, Abbas Kiarostami and Mohsen Makhmalbaf, have spent a good deal of their time training and helping young filmmakers get started. Makhmalbaf has his own film school, and his wife and daughter have released extraordinary films under his tutelage. Kiarostami has helped out new filmmakers like Jafar Panahi by contributing story ideas and taking "story" credit on films like The White Balloon and the recent Crimson Gold. read more...
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    The Deserted Station (2002)

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    • With: Leila Hatami, Nezam Manouchehri, Mehran Rajabi
    • Written by: Kambozia Partovi, from a story by Abbas Kiarostami
    • Directed by: Alireza Raisian
    • MPAA Rating: NR
    • Language: Persian, with English subtitles
    • Running Time: 88 minutes
    • Release Date: 07/01/2004
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    Paris, Texas (1984)

    The three major figures of the German New Wave of the 1960s and 1970s took three completely divergent paths. Rainer Werner Fassbinder remained determinedly local and burned out quickly, dying at the age of 37 after pumping out more than 40 films in 15 years. Werner Herzog became interested in issues of man versus nature, and often ventured out into uncomfortable sections of the world. And Wim Wenders became fascinated by America, and especially the open road that connected all the various people and places within. A good number of his movies deal with characters that travel from one place to another, especially the three-hour Kings of the Road (1976), which is sadly absent from DVD. Happily, his best-known and best-loved road movie Paris, Texas (1984) has just been re-issued in a beautiful Criterion Collection edition, available on both DVD and Blu-Ray. read more...
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      Paris, Texas (1984)

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      • With: Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell, Hunter Carson, John Lurie
      • Written by: Sam Shepard, L.M. Kit Carson
      • Directed by: Wim Wenders
      • MPAA Rating: R
      • Running Time: 147 minutes
      • Release Date: 05/18/1984
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      Brimstone & Glory (2017)

      Viktor Jakovleski's documentary Brimstone & Glory tells the story of Tultepec, a small town in Mexico notable for its manufacturing of fireworks as well as a festival in which those fireworks are lit off, in spectacular ways. It's a beautiful film, forgoing talking heads or commentary and simply finding the poetry of the moment; in many ways, it reminded me of the great fishing documentary Leviathan (2012). Jakovleski's camera quietly and smoothly tracks through the streets, capturing the majestic beauty of several enormous fireworks towers as they spin and flame in the darkness. One breathstopping shot shows a man climbing to the top of a dizzying tower to make a repair. Jakovleski occasionally follows some locals; mothers fret over how dangerous the craft is, and fathers try to teach their sons about how to mix chemicals. He also captures some rather gruesome injuries, people who were unfortunately caught in the crossfire of a flying rocket. But mostly, this 67-minute film captures the thrill, the joy, the wonder of looking up into the night sky and seeing something uniting, something bigger than all of us. read more...
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        Brimstone & Glory (2017)

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        • Directed by: Viktor Jakovleski
        • MPAA Rating: NR
        • Language: Spanish, with English subtitles
        • Running Time: 67 minutes
        • Release Date: 10/26/2017
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        Cameraperson (2016)

        This wonderful documentary is essentially a collection of clips from the career of Kirsten Johnson, a cinematographer on many noted documentaries of the past couple of decades. The idea is that the movie might form some kind of a picture of Johnson's personality, and it does just that; she comes across as curious, compassionate, and sometimes a little adorably blindsided. (I fell in love with the movie during a roadside shot wherein she unexpectedly captures a bolt of lightning, gasps, and then, a few moments later, sneezes and jolts her shot.) Some of the documentaries are easy to identify, mainly when folks like Michael Moore or Jacques Derrida turn up, but otherwise, the clips are unidentified. I was regularly asking myself about the role of director; Johnson is the "director" of this film, even though the footage was shot under the guidance of many other directors (she works frequently for the Oscar-nominated Kirby Dick). At the same time, some of the clips show Johnson interviewing her own family members. On the whole, the movie gives viewers a chance to sit back and ponder questions and thoughts about the nature of being human and our relationship with the world. read more...
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          • Boldness ▶ Surrender, endurance, struggle, supression or restraint
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        Cameraperson (2016)

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        • With: Kirsten Johnson
        • Written by: Doris Baizley, Lisa Freedman
        • Directed by: Kirsten Johnson
        • MPAA Rating: NR
        • Running Time: 102 minutes
        • Release Date: 09/08/2016
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