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Divine Accidents: Orson Welles and The Other Side of the Wind

Originally posted here. Orson Welles once said that “the greatest things in movies are divine accidents.” Somehow, over a varied career, he cultivated them. Citizen Kane (1941) is of course a great film — but it’s by no means his best. That, depending on the day, is either his follow-up, The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), his seminal film noir Touch of Evil (1958), or Chimes […]

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Private Life (Tamara Jenkins, 2018)

Originally posted here. The best comedies are really testing to watch. They set up scenarios so precarious in their stability that you begin a mental countdown until the whole structure tips over. This is exactly how it is with Private Life, a glorious (and excruciating) comedy-drama, directed by Tamara Jenkins. Rachel and Richard (Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti) […]

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Faces Places (Agnès Varda and JR, 2018)

Originally posted here. “Chance has always been my best assistant”, the inimitable Agnès Varda intones towards the beginning of her newest film essay, Faces Places. Varda’s career is a gorgeous synthesis of innovative fiction films (Cléo From 5 to 7 [1961], Le Bonheur [1965], Vagabond [1984]) and even more inventive documentaries (Daguerréotypes [1975], Murs murs [1981], The Gleaners and I [2000], and, very much the best […]

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The Rider (Chloé Zhao, 2018)

Originally posted here. Director Chloé Zhao was filming her first feature, Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015), on the Pine Ridge Sioux reservation in South Dakota when she met Brady Jandreau. He was a promising bronco rider, until he was bucked off his horse during a rodeo; he was severely injured, requiring surgery to insert a metal plate into […]

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A Summer of Cinema

Originally posted here. Although the summer is synonymous with the next round of blockbusters, now itself inextricable from the superhero genre, this is never fully the case. This summer, just like any other, there were multitudes of movies released from all genres. What follows is a record of what happened inside Edinburgh’s cinemas since our last issue, […]

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BlacKkKlansman (Spike Lee, 2018)

Originally posted here. BlacKkKlansman is based on the story of Ron Stallworth, a black police-officer in Colorado, who, in the ’70s, became a card-carrying member of the Ku Klux Klan. Stallworth (John David Washington) joins the Colorado Springs police force following an affirmative action-inspired recruitment drive. Bored beyond measure by the workings of the records room, he’s […]