Saturday, July 7, 2007

Cinema Scope 31

It seems so stupid to continually extol the virtues of Cinema Scope, but I can't help it. I don't think I could wish for better articles on film, always including things at the forefront of mind mind and things I have never heard of. After seeing Sicko, I'm wondering if they are hiring (as they are located in Canada.) Everyone needs a committed janitor. My copy of Cinema Scope Issue 31 landed last week, and it is already dog-eared from being carried around in my backpack all week. What the hell is on the cover, you ask. Well, that is Aisa Argento locking tongues with a dog (an image from Abel Ferrara's new film Go Go Tales) on top of a birthday cake for Cannes. I honestly don't know any place that carries this magazine, so do yourself a favor and subscribe. Here is the page by page details of what is inside:

  • "The Show Must Go On - Abel Ferrara's Go Go Tales" by Dennis Lim This is a pretty great article and interview focusing mostly on Ferrara's new film Go Go Tales which screened at Cannes to mixed reviews.
  • "Beyond Brut - The Art of Cornel Wilde" by Andrew Tracy I haven't seen any of Cornel Wilde's films, but now his films are at least on my radar.
  • "Regarding John Wayne" by Tom Charity John Wayne's hundredth birthday would have been in May; Charity takes an arms-length look at John Wayne.
  • "Human, All Too Human - The Re-imagined Battlestar Galactica" by Christoph Huber For real. This is a serious and entertaining article about the TV series I have never seen.
  • "Straightening the Picture of Africa - Chad's Mahamat-Saleh Haroun" by Emilie Bickerton This is what I count on Cinema Scope for: introducing me to important contemporary filmmakers. This is a lengthy interview with Mahamat-Saleh Haroun. His latest film, Daratt, was part of the New Crowned Hope series. I would really like to see this film and all the films in the series.
  • "Hot Docs 2007 - Experiments in Trusted Realities" by Brandon Wee The title says it all.
  • "Original Pirate Material - Twelve Rounds with William E. Jones" by Michael Sicinski Well, what a coincidence. Three of Jones' films just screened at the Walker as part of the Queer Takes series, and his work is included in a exhibition called "Modes of Disclosure" at Form + Content Gallery.
  • "Cannes 2007 - Hell Is Not Other People" by Mark Peranson Cinema Scope's editor's take on Cannes.
  • "Trials and Tribulations - Lee Chang-dong on the Making of Secret Sunshine" by Mark Peranson I am a Lee Chang-dong fan and can't wait to see his new film.
  • "4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days - Cristian Mungiu, Romania" by Scott Foundas Report from Cannes about this Palme d'Or winner.
  • "Import Export - Ulrich Seidel, Austria" by Christoph Huber Another report from Cannes on this "standout" film.
  • "Continental Drifts" - by Kent Jones Another report on Cannes focusing on new films from Wong Kar-wai and Hou Hsiao Hsien. Get ready to have your suspicions confirmed or jolted down to Earth. I was hanging my head for most of this article.
  • "Terror's Advocate - Barbet Schoeder, France" by Richard Porton Another report from Canes focusing on this doc about Jacques Verg├Ęs, the controversial lawyer and former Free French Forces guerrilla who has defending unpopular figures such as Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie and Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy.
  • "Night Train - Diao Yi'nan, China" by Shelly Kraicer From the man most likely to take over Tony Ryans post at the Vancouver International Film Festival, this entry from Cannes.
  • "Ghost Stories - Wang Bing's Startling New Cinema" by Robert Koehler This report focuses on Wang's new documentary, Fengming: A Chinese Memoir, his first since the epic West of the Tracks.
  • "Control - Anton Corbijn, UK/USA" by Jason Anderson Yes, it is the biopic about Ian Curtis, Joy Division singer, by hot shot video director Anton Corbijn.
  • "Ploy - Pen-ek Ratanaruang, Thailand" by Kong Rithdee Rithdee weighs in on Ratanaraung's new film.
  • "Global Discoveries on DVD" by Jonathan Rosenbaum An invaluable feature in every issue of Cinema Scope, Rosenbaum details DVD finds from around the world.
  • "Line Describing a Casablanca - Pierre Bismuth's Other Feature" by Andrea Picard Art/film, film/art by the man better known for co-writing Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
  • "Books Around" by Olaf Moller Another regular feature, squaring up new books on film.
  • Knocked Up review by Jessica Winter
  • Rescue Dawn review by Adam Nayman
  • Killer of Sheep review by Andrew Tracy

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