Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Cinema Scope 29

Cinema Scope 29 hit my door yesterday. Without exception, this is my favorite film magazine. It consistently offers thoughtful commentary (without being too academic) on a wide range of films. More than anything the magazine seems to exude a passion for film that I understand. Just reading Mark Peranson wax poetically about the unadulterated image "in proper aspect ratio" on the front of the magazine is enough to make me swoon.

Here are some highlights from Cinema Scope 29:
  • Interview with underappreciated Korean director Hong Sang-soo.
  • Shelly Kraicer writes about Jia Zhangke's Golden Lion Winner Still Life.
  • An overview of little-talked-about Mauritanian director Abderrahmane Sissako.
  • For the TV watcher, Chuck Stephens writes about HBO's The Wire.
  • An homage to Danièle Huillet, who died in October last year, with a previously recorded dialogue and an article on Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub's film These Encounters of Theirs (see cover image).
  • An article on Tony Scott, in respect to his recent film Deja Vu.
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum's excellent column "Global Discoveries on DVD" focusing on "Perversities".
  • Feeding his ego, more on Slavoj Žižek.
...and so much more. Some of this is accessible online, but do yourself a favor and subscribe.

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