Dirty Wars Documentary: Richard Rowley and Jeremy Scahill Expose the Dark Side of American Wars

Richard Rowley’s Dirty Wars documentary follows investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill and his revelations about America’s military intervention in Afghanistan, Yemen, and other countries. Scahill investigates American killings of civilians, including pregnant women and children, covered up by the American services, particularly the Joint Special Operations Command, known as JSOC. Dirty Wars, based on Scahill’s book […]


New Oscar Categories Compilation: Twitter Oscars Buzz #NewOscarCategories

With just a few days to the 2014 Oscars, the social media has been hashtagging and chit-chatting all sorts of Oscars-related trivia. In the most recent case, Thursday night Twitter blew up with Comedy Central’s @midnight show Hashtag War. The topic was #NewOscarCategories, which was the top Twitter trend for Thursday evening and continued well […]

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Jehane Noujaim’s The Square: a Documentary about Egypt and the power of Film

Jehane Noujaim’s The Square follows the Egypt revolution between 2011 and 2013 by focusing on three protesters: the young Egyptian Ahmed Hassan, the Muslim Brotherhood member Magdy Ashour, and the British-Egyptian actor Khalid Abdala, known for his role in The Kite Runner. The film features some harrowing unscripted scenes, such as a tank running over […]

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Morgan Neville’s 20 Feet from Stardom Oscar Nomination | Oscars 2014 Documentary Preview

Morgan Neville’s 20 Feet from Stardom documentary is about backup singers and their role in the musical industry. The film is nominated for the Best Documentary this year, and is one of the two art-related nominations—the other one is Cutie and the Boxer about the Japanese artists Ushio and Noriko Shinohara. 20 Feet from Stardom […]

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The Act of Killing: Joshua Oppenheimer and the Denial of Reality

Earlier today, the director of The Act of Killing Joshua Oppenheimer published a comment about the influence his Oscar-nominated documentary had on the Indonesian society. The Act of Killing revisits and literally re-enacts the country’s horror from 1965, when the military overtook government power and killed more than 500,000 people labeled “communists.” The Act of […]

Cutie and the Boxer: Zachary Heinzerling’s Documentary about Ushio and Noriko Shinohara | Oscars 2014

In Zachary Heinzerling’s Cutie and the Boxer, Japanese action-painting artist Ushio Shinohara is paint-boxing the canvas pretty hard, considering he is 80 years old. The documentary follows and lives of Ushio and his wife Noriko, also an artist. The two are constantly split between their art and family life, love and competition for each other, […]

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Nebraska’s Cinematography: Phedon Papamichael’s Visual Expression of Detachment | Oscars 2014

Nebraska by Alexander Payne focuses on the everyday, non-spectacular life of aging Woody Grant (played by Bruce Dern), his wife, and sons. With its emphasis on the non-dramatic, the film reminds of Richard Linklater’s Boyhood. Because it is defying the mainstream cinema expectations for drama and spectacle, Nebraska is probably unlikely to win the Best […]

Allergy to Originality: Interview with Filmmaker Drew Christie

Drew Christie’s Allergy to Originality is a 5-minute animated short film that screened at Sundance 2014. The hand-drawn film examines the nature of creativity and invention with a postmodern attitude that refutes the possibility of originality or creation of any idea or work. Instead, the film favors the multiple-discovery theory which recognizes an infinite number […]

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Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? by Michel Gondry: Documentary and Animation, Reality and Film

Michel Gondry used a box of sharpies and a 16-mm camera to interview linguist Noam Chomsky in his new movie, Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?. Gondry’s hand-drawn animation paints (pun intended) a personal, funny, and unpretentious portrait of Chomsky and his scientific ideas. The movie screened at the Berlin Film Festival a few […]

Black Coal Thin Ice: Golden Bear Winner at Berlin Film Festival 2014

Black Coal Thin Ice (Bai Ri Yan Huo) by the Chinese director Diao Yinan won the Best Film Golden Bear at The Berlin Film Festival 2014. The film won somewhat surprisingly, as Richard Linklater’s Boyhood was considered the main favorite. Black Coal Thin Ice actor Liao Fan won the Best Actress Silver Bear. American director […]

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2014 Berlin Film Festival Awards Ceremony | Live Coverage | Berlinale Winners | Diao Yinan

The 2014 Berlin Film Festival is towards its end. Now everything is set up and ready for the official awards ceremony to begin. Follow our live coverage here for news and the announcement of the winners of this year’s festival. 19.10 The festival opened, and the experimental short film Laborat just won the Berlinale Shorts Experimental […]

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Boyhood Movie Richard Linklater Interview | Full Press Conference | Berlin Film Festival

The Boyhood movie by Richard Linklater premiered in competition at Berlin Film Festival on February 13th. It received very warm reviews and it is largely considered one of the main favorites for the Berlinale Golden Bear. Richard Linklater shot Boyhood over a span of twelve years. The movie tells the story of a young boy, […]

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Richard Linklater Boyhood Movie | Berlin Film Festival Preview

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is an ambitious film following the life of a young boy over the span of 12 years— from age 6 to 18. Principal photography started in 2002 in Texas. The movie had 39 shooting days spread over a stretch of more than 4000 days. Richard Linklater chose the 12-year span because it […]

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The Third Side of the River | La Tercera Orilla | Berlin Film Festival Day 7 | Press Conference | Live Coverage

The press conference for Argentinian Celina Morga’s The Third Side of The River (La Tercera Orilla) just began. Follow our comprehensive live coverage. The film is set in Argentina and follows the double life of a doctor who is split between his two families. 11.50 Direcor Celina Murga revealed the name of the movies refers to […]

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Berlin Film Festival Day 6 Summary | Press Conference of Inbetween Worlds, Praia do futuro & Stratos

Day 6 of the 2014 Berlin Film Festival saw the premieres of three films in the main Berlinale competition: Austrian Feo Aladag’s Inbetween Worlds (Zwischen Welten), Brasilian Karim Ainouz’ Praia do futuro, and Greek Yannis Economides’ Stratos (To Mikro Psari). The festival also screened the experimental movie “darkroom” by Austrian avant-garde artist Billy Roisz, whose […]

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Inbetween Worlds by Feo Aladag | Press Conference Live Coverage | Berlin Film Festival Day 6

Berlin Film Festival just started day 6 with the live press conference of Austrian female filmmaker Feo Aladag’s and her Afghanistan war movie Inbetween Worlds (Zwischen Welten) in the main competition of the festival. This is live coverage of the event. 11.10 Feo Aladag discussed the way she was treated in Afghanistan. The director said […]

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Berlin Film Festival 2014 Overview and Introduction to Day 6

The 2014 Berlin Festival opened with Wes Anderson’s long-expected The Grand Budapest Hotel, while Lars Von Trier’s controversial The Nymphomaniac, screening out of competition, caused a lot of media buzz because of the provocative attitude of Trier and lead actor Shia LaBeouf. Some of the lesser known highlights of this year’s Berlinale are the new […]

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Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death: Homo Posthumous and A Portrait of The Artist as a Dead Man

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death hit the news and went viral on February 2nd. Ever since then, his popularity seems to be skyrocketing. All over the world, journalists, bloggers, and fans have been reinventing his acting, revisiting his addiction, analyzing the details of his life, and (de)mystifying his death. Hoffman’s death seems to follow the familiar […]

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False Memory: Elizabeth Loftus and the Fiction of Memory

Elizabeth Loftus is an American cognitive psychologist who studies memory. However, she is quick to point out: I don’t study when people forget. I study the opposite: when they remember, when they remember things that didn’t happen or remember things that were different from the way they really were. I study false memories. False memories […]

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The Death of The Author: Roland Barthes and The Collapse of Meaning

“The Death of the Author” by Roland Barthes  is a landmark for 20-th century literature, literary theory, post-structuralism, and postmodernism. The essay opposes the established trends “in ordinary culture […] tyrannically centered on the author, his person, his life,” and abolish the classical literary criticism that analyses a literary work within the biographical and personal […]