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The DVD Wrapup: East Side Sushi, Glassland, Scherzo Diabolico, The Club, Sharkansas Women’s Prison Massacre, Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party and more

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In addition to excellent acting, Marty Rosenberg’s cinematography makes the sushi look consistently mouthwatering. East Side Sushi may not carry the weight of a potential nominee for an Oscar or a Spirit nomination, but it succeeds nicely as an entertainment that can be enjoyed by teens and adults. The blend of ethnic elements is as natural and unforced as the Juana’s prize recipes. It reminds me favorably of the underappreciated rom/com/dram The Ramen Girl, in which Brittany Murphy played a fish out of water in Tokyo. Predictably, that wonderful picture went straight-to-DVD, too. Need I mention that the casts for both pictures are predominantly non-white?

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“Many major jobs at film or entertainment publications recently have gone to men.”

“Many major jobs at film or entertainment publications recently have gone to men.”

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Kaleem Aftab Talks Dheepan With Jacques Audiard

“I don’t know why, but in French cinema, as soon as you have an immigrant as a character, it is a political film. When you show the banlieue, the outskirts of a city, it’s a political film. But I think the political value is elsewhere, in my case, in having actors who speak their own…

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Sean Doyle On Perversity And Irony On Film Soundtracks

Sean Doyle On Perversity And Irony On Film Soundtracks

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David Bordwell Talks “The Rhapsodes,” His Survey Of The Criticism Of Agee, Ferguson, Tyler And Farber

David Bordwell Talks “The Rhapsodes,” His Survey Of The Criticism Of Agee, Ferguson, Tyler And Farber

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Film Comment Cover-Stories Terence Davies And Sunset Song

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Interview Reprints Andrew Sarris’ 1994 Interview With Jean-Luc Godard

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Roadside Attractions’ Married Bosses Talk About The Biz

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“Terrifying” UK Gov’t Plan For BBC “Smacks Of Putin’s Russia And Erdoğan’s Turkey” “Wolf Hall” Director Kosminsky Says

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“Even in my most Orwellian paranoia I never could have dreamed that the content holders, like Apple, would also reach into your computer and take away what you already owned. If Taxi Driver is on Netflix, Netflix doesn’t come to your house and steal your Taxi Driver DVD. But that’s where we’re headed. When it comes to music, Apple is already there.”

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Sam Adams Says Rob Reiner’s Made A Good One Again, Sort Of

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Glenn Kenny Talks Godard With Anna Karina

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Cannes Favors Amazon Studios Over Netflix

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Lupita Nyong’o On “Why I Chose A ‘Small Play’ Over The Big Screen”

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“I write and film history; I don’t make it. One can be a good critic and a moral observer, but one remains professionally detached as a writer and a filmmaker.”
Interview Reprints Andrew Sarris‘ 1994 Interview With Jean-Luc Godard

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“Not one of the pictures we’ve made would ever get made at a studio today. I’m not interested in the kinds of pictures that they make. I never was.”
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“There is no suspicion about love of cinema. They are good for cinema, Amazon and the people in charge of cinema at Amazon—the people who bought Woody Allen and Nicolas Winding Refn—they are movie buffs.”
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“The outstanding political film of the 2016 presidential season is about the 2013 New York City mayoral race. Like many of the best documentaries, it brings you so close to people in their unguarded moments that you marvel at the trust, or complicity, that grew between the filmmakers and their subjects. Unlike most, it shows some of these people wondering how the film has even come to exist—an inescapable question, given that the intrusion into its chosen candidate’s life is extreme, and the candidate’s urge to self-broadcast has led to his extremity. “Shit. This is the worst: doing a documentary on my scandal,” mutters An­thony Weiner—seven-time US congressman, two-time New York mayoral candidate, and twice-exposed enthusiast of cell-phone flirtation—­as seen at the beginning of Weiner. At the conclusion, after this second mayoral bid has ended in humiliation, an off-camera Josh Kriegman (who codirected with Elyse Steinberg) rounds out the theme by asking the obvious: “Why have you let me film this?”
~ Stuart Klawans Measures Weiner

“This very crowded, reasonably enjoyable installment in the Avengers cycle reveals, even more than its predecessors, an essential truth about the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s not so much a grand science-fiction saga, or even a series of action-adventure movies, as a very expensive, perpetually renewed workplace sitcom. New characters are added as the seasons wear on. Cast members are replaced. The thing gets a little baroque and tests the boundaries of coherence, but we keep showing up because it can be pleasant, in a no-pressure, low-key kind of way, to hang out with these people as they banter and squabble and get the job done. Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows both your street name and your nom de cape. (And yes, thank you, I’m perfectly aware that these Marvel superheroes don’t wear capes.)”
~ A. O. Scott’s Captain America Review Exemplifies What Variety Once Described As “Torpid Mitting”

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