DEPTH IN A DECADE OF DISTRACTION: The Twenty Best FilmsBy David N. Meyer
The best films of the last ten years resisted the distraction or distractedness which seems to be the decades signature.
When Men Were ThinBy Sarahjane Blum
With little question, the screwball comedies of the 1930s represent the zenith of madcap filmmaking in America. A full 14 of the 40 films shown in the Film Forums current Madcap Manhattan series date to the decade. These films created so many of the conventions of romantic comedy and so much of the mythology of New York that its surprising how lively and new they remain.
BAD MOVIE, SILLY LIEUTENANTBy Malcolm Wyer
In the press notes for his new film, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, director Werner Herzog dismisses comparisons to Abel Ferraras original Bad Lieutenant.
BEYOND THE ABSURD: Roland Tavel and Andy WarholBy Mary Hanlon
Andy Warhols 1965 film Vinyl is the lesser-known adaptation of Anthony Burgesss novel A Clockwork Orange. It lacks the aggression of Kubricks interpretation, which came out in 1971. Rather, it is a meditation on pure sensation, infused with raw, homoerotic, borderline pornographic images.
CINEPHILIA: Port of Call BusanBy Christopher Bourne
Founded in 1996 by three film scholarsLee Yong-kwan, Kim Ji-seok, and Jay Jeonthe Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) has come a long way from its origins in Nampo-dong, in downtown Busan, a port city on South Koreas east coast.