Archive for February 2007

by Dan Nuxoll
February 28th, 2007

Letters from Beirut is a political documentary that owes more to Chris Marker than Michael Moore, and it’s worth seeking out.
Thu. Mar 1, 2007, 9:00 pm
at the Two Boots Pioneer Theater, as part of Alwan’s New York Arab and South Asian Film Festival.
Last week at Bluestockings Books, I attended a “Through The Lens” work-in-progress [...]

by Dan Nuxoll
February 28th, 2007

Every day deserves its own demon, and Stefan G. Bucher has spawned a world full of them, which other net-trawlers have been happily embellishing and giving greater life to.
Every day for 100 days, Bucher made a little ink splot on a piece of paper, then sketched a funny monster out of it, filming the development [...]

by Dan Nuxoll
February 14th, 2007

Oscar nominated shorts will be screening at the IFC Center starting this Friday, Feb. 16. Frankly, most of the live-action stuff that was nominated was a little schmaltzy–lots of children breaking the rules to do what’s right, saving their villages from the cynicism of the elders, etc. But the animation is generally pretty great and [...]

by Dan Nuxoll
February 12th, 2007

“Hawley and Galinsky know how to make pictures that shudder with feeling.”
–Manohla Dargis
The classic underground Indie-Rock road movies Half-Cocked and Radiation are coming out on DVD this week and you should all come out to the special double-feature at the Anthology Film Archives tomorrow (Tuesday) night. Long-time Rooftop Films fans probably know a lot about [...]

by Dan Nuxoll
February 12th, 2007

In honor of the start of Spring Training, here is Skizz Cyzyk’s animation set to an infamous radio show featuring the foul-mouthed Orioles manager, Earl Weaver. There will not be many interviews like this one broadcast in 2007, but I bet that the obscenities directed at A-Rod this year will be a lot more profane [...]

by Dan Nuxoll
February 10th, 2007

Or at least Lucas has really, really bad taste–especially when his own films are concerned. This isn’t very indie-film of me to post, but the Hot Blog just posted this: George Lucas, giving the award to Sid Ganis, who was the in-house publicist on Star Wars: Episode Five – The Empire Strikes Back, said, “Sid [...]

by Dan Nuxoll
February 7th, 2007

 
Daniel Gold and Judith Helfand’s Everything’s Cool and Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein’s The Prisoner: Or, How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair will be playing as part of Thom Powers’ Stranger Than Fiction series later this month at IFC. I haven’t seen Everything’s Cool yet, but Mark an I both got a sneak peak [...]

by Mark Elijah Rosenberg
February 7th, 2007

A short, melancholy portrait of Blake Roberts, an Iraq vet just back from the war. Honest and direct, he shared with Kathy tales of daily life in the barracks as well as intimate, tragic moments. Though Blake does not question the motives of the U.S. government in Iraq or the missions he completed, he nevertheless [...]

by Dan Nuxoll
February 4th, 2007

If I can find a picture without the balls blacked out, I’ll post that one. Until that point, you will have to go here to watch the uncensored video. For those wondering, Bobby Bird is NOT a real rocker. But Carson says that he is hoping to create a live-action Devil in Denim feature film, [...]

by Dan Nuxoll
February 4th, 2007

Ahhh…Motodrom. I loved this movie before I even saw it. From the moment I first read the description of Joerg Wagner’s experimental documentary about hellriders who travel from carnival ground to carnival ground with their giant wooden tower and their antique motorcycles and go carts I was anxious to track down the film. Luckily [...]

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