January/February 2008

Kent Jones on There Will Be Blood, Robin Wood on George A. Romero’s Diary of the Dead, Distributor Wanted: The Man from London by Chris Chang, Terra Incognita: 18 films to look out for in 2008, a review of Ex Drummer by Chris Norris

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AGNÈS VARDA
By Chris Darke
A narrative filmmaker moonlighting as a short-film essayist, or vice versa?

THERE WILL BE BLOOD
By Kent Jones
P.T. Anderson hits the mother lode

GEORGE A. ROMERO’S DIARY OF THE DEAD
By Robin Wood
Forty years on, the horror maestro gets back to basics

TAXIDERMIA
By Robert Horton
György Pálfi’s multigenerational gross-out saga of bodily (dys)functions

EDWARD YANG
By Olivier Assayas
The late Taiwanese trailblazer who was always in synch with the times

RICHARD FLEISCHER
By Richard Combs
They may have dismissed him, but every critic has a favorite Fleischer film

FINAL CUT 2007
20 Best Films of the Year poll
10 Best Lists
Movies That Mattered
Terra Incognita: Films to Watch Out For
Kent Jones on Zodiac

DEPARTMENTS

EDITOR’S LETTER

OPENING SHOTS
Distributor Wanted: The Man from London by Chris Chang, Guy Maddin’s Jolly Corner: I Married a Witch, Flashback: Andrzej Zulawski’s The Third Part of the Night by Alex Cox, Site Specifics: Paul Fileri on DVD Beaver and Masters of Cinema

ART OF THE REAL
DIY docs by Paul Arthur

SOUND & VISION
Delphine Seyrig by Joe Milutis & Jose Alvarez by Chris Chang

BRIEF ENCOUNTER
Francis Ford Coppola by Harlan Jacobson

SCREENINGS
Ex Drummer by Chris Norris, Woman on the Beach by David E. James, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days by Kristen M. Jones, Caramel by Amy Taubin, The Unforseen by Paul Fileri, Chicago 10 by Paul Arthur, and Chop Shop by Megan Ratner

HOME MOVIES
The Films of Pierre Zucca by Elisabeth Lequeret, The Naked Prey by Margaret Barton-Fumo, The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard by Gavin Smith, 3:10 to Yuma by Richard Combs, Across the Universe by Laura Kern, Payday by Daniel Stuyck, Class Relations by Michael Chaiken, Walker by Jake Perlin, The Director’s Series: Jean-Luc Godard by Paul Fileri, The River by Kent Jones

READINGS
David Bordwell’s Poetics of Cinema by Joe McElhaney, Kevin Johnson’s The Dark Page: Books That Inspired American Film Noir (1940-1949) by Chris Chang, Alexander Horwath and Michael Omasta’s The Case of Lena Smith by Guy Maddin, Susan Tegel’s Nazi and the Cinema by J. Hoberman

ONLINE EXCLUSIVES

Festival: 2008 Turin Film Festival by Nicolas Rapold

Review: Transformers by Patrick Hebron

Eletrik Alchemy: Claire Denis Films Sonic Youth by Daniel Stuyck