January/February 2007

Best of 2006, 10-Best Lists, Movies That Mattered, Terra Incognita (19 films to look out for), Clint Eastwood’s Letters from Iwo Jima and Flags of Our Fathers, Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men, Guillermo del Toro, David Lynch’s Inland Empire, Claude Chabrol, Lou Ye’s Summer Palace, Bong Joon-Ho’s guilty pleasures, Play It As It Lays, Black Snake Moan

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LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA & FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS
By Kent Jones
Eastwood’s matching war memorials

JACKIE EARLE HALEY
By Thomas Beller
A Seventies cinema youth icon returns to the screen

CHILDREN OF MEN
By Jonathan Romney
Alfonso Cuarón’s near-future dystopian road movie

FINAL CUT 2006

Best Films of the Year Poll

Movies That Mattered: Flags of Our Fathers by Paul Arthur, United 93 by Kent Jones, The Departed/Borat by Gavin Smith, Neil Young: Heart of Gold/A Prairie Home Companion by Kent Jones, Old Joy/Mutual Appreciation by Gavin Smith, Superman Returns/Apocalypto by Nathan Lee, Kent Jones & Paul Arthur, An Inconvenient Truth by Harlan Jacobson & Paul Arthur

Terra Incognita: Betelnut by Tony Rayns, Bled Number One by Frédéric Bonnaud, Carmen by Shigehiko Hasumi, Crickets by Shigehiko Hasumi, Faceless Things by Tony Rayns, The Family Friend by Jonathan Romney, The Hills of Disorder by Olaf Möller, L’Île et elle by Chris Drake, It’s Winter by Jonathan Romney, Lady Chatterly by Frédéric Bonnaud, The Legend of Time by Manuel Yáñez Murillo, Notes on Film by Olaf Möller, Le Pressentiment by Chris Darke, Retribution by Shigehiko Hasumi, So Much So Fast by Paul Arthur, Song and Solitude by Paul Arthur, Ten Ox-Herding Pictures #2: Seeing the Footprints by Olaf Möller, Them (Ils) by David Cox, The Yacoubian Building by Joumane Chahine

Industry: River of Cash by Roger Smith

When the Levees Broke by Amy Taubin

GUILLERMO DEL TORO
By Michael Atkinson
Finding the way through Pan’s Labyrinth

INLAND EMPIRE & SOUTHLAND TALES
By Amy Taubin
David Lynch, Richard Kelly, and the shape of cinema to come

CLAUDE CHABROL
By Richard Combs
The protean career of France’s prolific crime devotee

DEPARTMENTS

EDITOR’S LETTER

OPENING SHOTS
News, Distributor Wanted: Lou Ye’s Summer Palace by Chris Chang, Guy Maddin’s Jolly Corner: John Braham’s The Locket, Alex Cox’s Flashback: The Glass Key, Guilty Pleasures by Bong Joon-Ho

CRITICS’ CHOICE
Eight critics rate 25 new releases

OLAF’S WORLD
Olaf Möller on the resurrection of Russia’s Cine Fantom

ENCORE
Frank Perry’s Play It As It Lays by Melissa Anderson

SOUND & VISION
Jack Nitzsche by Ed Ward & Christian Janowski by Chris Chang

ART OF THE REAL
Paul Arthur on short docs

BRIEF ENCOUNTERS
Ken Loach by Harlan Jacobson

FESTIVALS
Vancouver by Chuck Stephens & Turin by Nicolas Rapold

SCREENINGS
Bamako by Elizabeth Lequeret, The Lives of Others by Harlan Jacobson, Black Snake Moan by Nathan Lee, and Avenue Montaigne by Amy Taubin

HOME MOVIES
Shoot Shoot Shoot British Avant-Garde Film of the 1960s & 1970s by Gavin Smith, The U.S. vs. John Lennon by Chris Chang, Hitchcock Box Set by Kent Jones, Room 666, from the Wim Wenders Collection by Jake Perlin, Sir! No Sir! by Paul Arthur, Pandora’s Box by Mark McElhatten, The Prestige by Nicolas Rapold, The Shield by Chuck Stephens

READINGS
Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination by Neal Gabler, reviewed by Robert Horton; The Films of Tod Browning edited by Bernd Herzogenrath, reviewed by Chris Chang; Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity by David Lynch, reviewed by Andrew Tracy; George Gallup in Hollywood by Susan Ohmer, reviewed by J. Hoberman

CLOSING SHOTS
Who’s who at recent Film Society events

ONLINE EXCLUSIVES

Festivals: Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2006