Keyword : Independent Cinema
An analysis of Gena Rowlands' performance in Cassavetes' A Woman Under the Influence which argues for a 'shared' authorial status between performer and director (a point which the director would no doubt wholeheartedly agree with).
An analysis of actress Rachel Ward's feature film debut, the disturbingly haunting Beautiful Kate.
A review of Tom Ford's A Single Man and Jon Amiel's Creation.
A sprawling survey of recent (mainly) American films that have touched writer Daniel Garrett, who opens the survey with a prologue on the art of film criticism that underscores the importance of celebrating the beauty of film.
An interview with Buddy Giovinazzo.
A report on the irrepressible Telluride Film Festival.
A report on the 23rd Leeds International Film Festival.
An interview with Maurice Devereaux on his latest and most ambitious film, End of the Line.
An in-depth interview with Frank Henenlotter on the release of his first feature film in 16 years, Bad Biology.
A thematic and formal analysis of the environmental thread across a group of mainly low budget, independent horror films that showed at Fantasia 2007.
A report of the 2008 Bradford International Film Festival.
The end of the world is hot on US screens of late, culminating in the intriguing technological experiment, Cloverfield.
An interview with Philippe Spurrell, director of the Canadian supernatural mystery, The Descendant (2007).
Festival report on the ever-growing (48th) Thessaloniki International Film Festival.
An earnest, DIY account of a sighted creature in the New Orleans, Louisiana area.
An interview with the indie masters of camp aesthetics and underground trash (in the best term), the Kuchar bros.
While most reviewers of Abel Ferrara’s (arguably masterpiece) The Bad Lieutenant tended to laud Harvey Kietel’s performance in spite of his character’s morally reprehensible nature, and the film’s overall harsh subject matter, Jason Mark Scott argues that Ferrara’s stylistic mix of ‘naturalism’ (which is likened to Pier Paolo Pasolini) and lyricism amounts to a poignant treatment of Catholic angst.
A book review essay of Mark Reid's expansive book on African American cinema, which dates back to the silent films of pioneering director/producer Oscar Micheaux to contemporary American cinema.
A review essay of one of the most intriguing low budget American horror films ever made, taking into account production history and how director Herk Harvey uses the film's technical limitations to its benefit.
An essay on Hakan Sahin's first two features, Mirror and Snow, studies on the psychological effects of living in geographical isolation.