“Are you rushing or dragging?!”

One of my most cherished memories as an early filmgoer was seeing Buster Keaton dancing in perfect synchronization with himself in The Playhouse (1921). Vaudeville and cabaret traditions in general often depend heavily on a simple attribute: timing. It might sound like an obvious reminder, but when music meets dance it becomes very much about timing as well. Damien Chazelle knows a thing or two about that. His first feature, Whiplash (2014), was made famous for a scene that showed J. K. Simmons’ character throwing … Read more “Are you rushing or dragging?!”

Cool story bro

In one of the very first shots of Sergei Loznitsa’s new movie, a small group of people is waiting. They look like tourists, but there are no clues as to where they are. They could be anywhere at this point in the film: Disneyland, the London Dungeon, a music festival. Out of the small group a young man sticks out. On his black t-shirt reads the following in large white letters: “Cool story bro.’” This affirmation seems to echo the now cult line in French … Read more Cool story bro

A matter of time

When this year’s New Directors/New Films began, Apichaptong Weerasetakul’s latest movie, Cemetery of Splendor (2015), was being exhibited in New York, across the street from one of the festival’s venues, at Lincoln Center’s own Elinor Bunin Munroe center.It is no surprise that, within the festival’s own description, Zhang Hanyi’s first feature is being compared to the Thai master: in different ways, both are heartily embracing life after life and feature a central character having the aptitude to communicate with the other world. The woman in … Read more A matter of time

Things money can buy

“It’s breaking my heart to watch you run around ‘Cause I know that you’re living a lie But that’s ok, baby ‘Cause in time you will find What goes around, goes around, goes around Comes all the way back around” Justin Timberlake In his 2011 celebrated short film 5000 Thousand Feet is the Best, prolific visual artists Omer Fast portrayed the life of drone pilots through a staged and written looped interview of an actor playing a drone pilot and actual documentary interview of a … Read more Things money can buy

Room for imagination

In the ever-evolving relationship of the museum with the moving images, it seems like The Forbidden Room has brought us a new proposition. Cinema has staged the museum numerous times, perhaps most iconically with the three young people running through the Louvre in Godard’s Band à part (1964). From a cinematic object, the museum later became also a guardian and a vault of cinematic images, while also trying to present new ways of exhibiting moving images through installations and all of its iterations. Well, not … Read more Room for imagination