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Film Comment Selects 2013 Review: White Epilepsy is a Noble Failure

White Epilepsy is the latest from the esteemed French visual artist Philippe Grandrieux (Sombre, La Vie Nouvelle, Un Lac).It starts with a back side of an androgynous nude figure in the dark accompanied by the sound of nocturnal insects. The movement of this body mass is slowed down and as it lurches forward and back, it reveals all the nooks and crannies: every vertebrae, every flutter of muscles becomes subtly visible in an eerie muddy visualization that has become the trademark of the French auteur's haptic cinema.While watching this 67 minute film, a sort of primal Adam and Eve story with no dialog, displayed in an inverted format (acting taking place only in a vertical rectangle in the center of the screen- like an iphone...

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Ultra-Modern: Jean Epstein, or Cinema “Serving the Forces of Transgression and Revolt”

On the occasion of Anthology Film Archive's retrospective on Jean Epstein and the publishing of a new anthology on the filmmaker edited by Sarah Keller and Jason N. Paul, Jean Epstein: Critical Essays and New Translations, we are here reprinting the essay by Nicole Brenez, "Ultra-Modern: Jean Epstein, or Cinema 'Serving the Forces of Transgression and Revolt.'" The anthology is published by Amsterdam University Press and available in the Us and Canada from the University of Chicago Press. Many thanks to Amsterdam University Press, University of Chicago Press, Magdalena Hernas, Sarah Keller and Nicole Brenez.

Jean Epstein disappeared over half a century ago, in 1953. Yet, few filmmakers are still as alive today. At the time, a radio broadcast announced the following obituary: “Jean Epstein has just died. This name may not mean much to many of those who turn to the screens to provide them with the weekly dose of emotion they need.
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Morning Meme: Kirk Cameron Lashes Out, Sir Ian and "The Curse of the Buxom Strumpet" and Wax On, Wax Off

I don’t know what’s better, the fact that there’s going to be a zombie movie starring Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen and Gillian Anderson, or that it’s going to be called The Curse of the Buxom Strumpet.

Speaking of Sir Ian, he just got a new costar in The Hobbit, and it’s a gay costar. Stephen Fry is going to play The Master of Laketown.

U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica Pamela Bridgewater penned an editorial in the Jamaica Observer on Idaho denouncing the homophobia and anti-gay violence in that country. She also brought up a little bit of the Bible I think folks should pay more attention to: Matthew 7:12. That’s pretty much all you need in life.

China is getting a Hello Kitty theme park in 2014. I just don’t understand Hello Kitty. I spent a considerable amount of time in Asia,
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Enter The Void Review

French cinema houses some twisted individuals. Sure they produce lots of dialogue-driven dramas, but on the other end of the spectrum are people like Grandrieux (La Vie Nouvelle) and Noé (Irréversible) ripping all cinematic standards to shreds. They are loud, in your face and direct, granting their work an impact many directors could only dream about. Sit back and let yourself be swept away be Noé's latest epic masterpiece, a dazzling trip to the neon-lit street of Tokyo.

Noé really took his time for this film. It's been 8 years since Irréversible and even though he did a few shorts for anthology projects in between (8, Destricted) his fans were longing for a new full-length feature. As a pretty big fan myself I've been trying to avoid most of the teasers and trailers to go in as fresh as possible. The poster art was reason enough to believe everything was going to turn out just fine.
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Underground Film Links: August 1, 2010

Self-serving link first again: My latest index-y type project on Bad Lit is the DVD Underground, a list of DVDs and DVD box sets of classic underground films. This is part of my timeline project. So, please check it out. But, more importantly, check these out: Here’s a fantastic interview you have to read: Miss Rosen chats with filmmaker, photographer, exhibitor and general all around underground troublemaker Anton Perich. Plus, the piece is illustraed with Perich’s wonderful B&W pictures of Candy Darling, Robert Mapplethorpe and Andrea Feldman, a.k.a. Andrea Whips. Can you identify the filmmaker in the photo at this groovy ’60s San Francisco Country Joe and the Fish performance? Seriously, the blogger over there wants to know. Making Light of It has some very cool stills from Philippe Grandrieux’s La Vie Nouvelle, that appears to be some sort of homage to Wavelength or something.
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