January/February 2006

Lars von Trier and Claire Denis interviewed, Distributor Wanted: Regular Lovers, Best of 2004 Critics' Poll, the Catalunyan cinema scene, Carlos Reygadas's Battle in Heaven, Steven Soderbergh's Bubble, Woody Allen's Match Point, Slavoj Žižek's guilty pleasures, on the set of Richard Kelly's Southland Tales

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FEATURES

CLAIRE DENIS
By Gavin Smith
A talk with modern cinema’s intrepid explorer

TRISTRAM SHANDY
By Jonathan Romney
Sterne through a 21st-century lens

THE BEST OF 2005
It’s all good: our regulars on their faves of the year
The Top 20 Films of the Year Poll
28 Ten Bests
The Movies That Mattered: Last Days by Paul Arthur, The New World/A History of Violence by Amy Taubin, Tropical Malady by Nathan Lee, Match Point by Amy Taubin, The Constant Gardener by Kent Jones, March of the Penguins/The Squid and the Whale by Harlan Jacobson, Walmart: The High Cost of a Low Price by Paul Arthur, Syriana/Good Night, And Good Luck by Harlan Jacobson, Brokeback Mountain by Nathan Lee
Terra Incognita: Before the Flood by Shigehiko Hasumi, Cycle Chronicles: Landscapes the Boy Saw by Olaf Möller, Did Wolff von Amerongen Commit Bankruptcy Crimes? by Alexander Horwath, Festival by Jonathan Romney, Friday, or Another Day (Vendredi, ou un autre jour) by Jonathan Romney, Krypton is Doomed by Paul Arthur, Massaker by Joumane Chahine, El Perro Negro by Paul Arthur, Le Petit lieutenant by Olaf Möller, Nice Biscotts #2 & Same Day Nice Biscotts by Nathan Lee, Profils paysans: le quotidien by Alexander Horwath, Pusher 2 & Pusher 3 by Jonathan Romney, Reality Shock by Alice Lovejoy, Ten Ox-Herding Pictures – #1: Going Out in Search of the Ox by Olaf Möller
Industry: The Year Hollywood Blew It? by Roger Smith

MATCH POINT
By Harlan Jacobson
The provenance of Woody’s newest

WOODY ALLEN
By Richard Combs
A consideration of a singular career

BLUE MOVIE
By Amy Taubin
All shades of Warhol’s cinematic swan song

ANDY WARHOL
By Mark McElhatten
The distanced compassion of a great artist

DEPARTMENTS

EDITOR’S LETTER

OPENING SHOTS
News, Distributor Wanted: Philippe Garrel’s Regular Lovers by Michael Chaiken, Alex Cox’s Flashback: Alex Cox on The Mattei Affair, Letters

CRITICS’ CHOICE
Eight critics rate 25 new releases

GUILTY PLEASURES
Slavoj Žižek

HOT SET
Richard Kelly’s Southland Tales by Mark Olsen

SOUND & VISION
George Antheil by Maurice Peress & Joseph Cornell by Chris Chang

OLAF’S WORLD
Olaf Möller on Jean Epstein

JOURNAL
Catalunya by Manuel Yáñez Murillo

FESTIVALS
Vancouver by Chuck Stephens, Turin by Gavin Smith, Marrakech by Chris Chang

SCREENINGS
Manderlay by Gary Indiana, Battle in Heaven by Frédéric Bonnaud, Bubble by Amy Taubin, Unknown White Male by Paul Arthur, and Munich by Nathan Lee

READINGS
Richard Schickel’s Elia Kazan: A Biography by Phillip Lopate

HOME MOVIES
FACETS Multimedia by Gavin Smith, Oliver Twist by Richard Combs, Pornografia by Eliza Subotowicz, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room by Paul Arthur, Enthusiasm/Entuziazm by Kent Jones

CLOSING SHOTS
Who’s who at recent Film Society events

ONLINE EXCLUSIVES

Lars von Trier Interview
By Stefan Grissemann