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BONELLO’S NOCTURAMA

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Call it daring, call it facile, call it the Cinema of Unease, Bertrand Bonello’s new film NOCTURAMA gets an encore screening tonight at the Downtown Independent. “The new Bonello is a terrorism thriller like no other, recalling Bresson’s Le Diable probablement as much as it does Dawn of the Dead. We follow a group of tense, shifty […]

TWO-LANE BLACKTOP

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Esquire was one of the great American magazines of the 1960s. With Harold Hayes at the helm (from 1963–1973) and George Lois designing iconoclastic covers on a monthly basis, Esquire—at least until Rolling Stone appeared in 1967—covered the changes roiling post-JFK society better than any other mainstream publication of its time. For the April, 1971 […]

VINTAGE POITIER AT THE WILDER

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During the first two decades of his career, Sidney Poitier was the beneficiary and exemplar of so-called Hollywood liberalism, and—carrying the flag of rectitude and racial equality if not harmony—rarely played a “bad guy.” Which makes the opening film of the Poitier double-bill this weekend such a rare treat. In THE LOST MAN (1969)—built on […]

ON DAVID HOCKNEY

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As part of the ongoing Getty Center exhibition HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. HOCKNEY, artists Tacita Dean and Ramiro Gomez, physicist Charles Falco, and writer Lawrence Weschler—author of True to Life: Twenty-Five Years of Conversations with David Hockney—get together this week for a conversation about their friend and colleague David Hockney. In addition, Dean will screen her documentary […]

KATHRYN BIGELOW’S DETROIT

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No big-screen slasher fest this year will situate its characters in circumstances more terrifying than those endured by the guests of the Algier’s Motel annex at the hands of a cretinous, murderous Detroit police force on the night of July 25, 1967. In writer Mark Boal and director Kathryn Bigelow’s essential new film DETROIT, viewers […]

KOGONADA’S COLUMBUS

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To the list of modernist structures that have become cinematic characters in their own right—Casa Malaparte in Godard’s Le Mépris, Villa Necchi Campiglio in Luca Guadagnino’s Io sono l’amore—add the libraries, office buildings, churches, banks, and private homes designed by Eero Saarinen, Eliel Saarinen, Myron Goldsmith, Deborah Berke, James Stewart Polshek, and Edward Bassett which provide sanctuary […]

ON CARLOS ALMARAZ

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Artist, curator, filmmaker, and activist Elsa Flores met “Los Four” artist Carlos Almaraz (1941–1989) in Los Angeles in the 1970s. They married, and collaborated on the landmark mural California Dreamscape. This weekend, Flores will join Howard Fox—curator of  PLAYING WITH FIRE: PAINTINGS BY CARLOS ALMARAZ, at LACMA—for a conversation about the life and work of […]