Film of the Week: Chameleon Street

Here’s a movie released thirty years ago that still puts its like-minded contemporaries to shame: Wendall B. Harris Jr.’s Chameleon Street (1989). Taking the Grand Jury Prize at the 1990 Sundance Film Festival, Chameleon Street seemed to be apocryphal for Black-American independent filmmaking, but history and those who control it would have otherwise. As Harris … Continue reading Film of the Week: Chameleon Street

Michael Palmieri and Donald Mosher – The Gospel of Eureka

Video killed the radio-star, and I’d be quick to add, the death of storytelling’s oral tradition. But one can’t ignore the rise and popularity of audiobooks and podcasts. Michael Palmieri and Donald Mosher’s The Gospel of Eureka appropriately begins with the image of a black screen and an accompanying voice-over: “Everyone loves a good story … Continue reading Michael Palmieri and Donald Mosher – The Gospel of Eureka

Agnes Varda – Cleo from 5 to 7 / Jane Campion – The Portrait of a Lady

The following is part one my coverage of Film at Lincoln Center’s 50th Mixtape: Free Double Features series. The common thread between Agnes Varda’s Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962) and Jane Campion’s The Portrait of a Lady (1996) is time and freedom. Cleo (Corinne Marchand), feeling trapped by the chanteuse industry, anxiously wanders Paris … Continue reading Agnes Varda – Cleo from 5 to 7 / Jane Campion – The Portrait of a Lady

Film of the Week: Fallen Angels

If you’ve never seen a Wong Kar-wai film, most people would recommend either Chungking Express (1994) or In the Mood for Love (2000). Neither choice is wrong, yet my personal favorite is Fallen Angels (1995). Fallen Angels serves as Chungking Express’ informal sequel, and as Kar-wai describes it, the main “character” in both these films … Continue reading Film of the Week: Fallen Angels

Film of the Week: Cowards Bend the Knee

Cowards Bend the Knee (2003) comes across as William Burroughs’s take on The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920). Like his fellow Canadian compatriot Cronenberg, Guy Maddin’s interests are also profane and experimental. Here, a star hockey player falls prey to amnesia and is manipulated into assassination. The details of the plot aren’t as interesting as … Continue reading Film of the Week: Cowards Bend the Knee

Michael M. Bilandic – Happy Life / Hellaware

Just two months ago, Hudson Yards on Manhattan’s west side finally opened. For the unfamiliar, imagine: towering glass structures, boutique stores, and luxury apartments. This, the Hudson Yards website declares is “a template for the future of cities.” But for whom and at what cost? Reading Patti Smith’s Just Kids or Ada Calhoun’s St. Marks … Continue reading Michael M. Bilandic – Happy Life / Hellaware