July/August 2010

Amy Taubin’s interview with Inception director Christopher Nolan, Paul Brunick on the recent state of film criticism, Laura Kern on Animal Kingdom, Kent Jones on Farewell, My Lovely and Cannes, Hot Property: The Hole by Dave Kehr, Site Specifics: UltraSlomo.com by Jesse P. Finnegan, reviews of Cyrus, Spring Fever, I Killed My Mother, Around a Small Mountain, The Law, and Alamar, plus short takes on The Disappearance of Alice Creed, Down Terrace, A Film Unfinished, Lebanon, Restrepo, and Soul Kitchen

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FEATURES

ANIMAL KINGDOM
By Laura Kern
Australia’s David Michôd enters the big leagues with his tough crime drama

VALHALLA RISING
By Jonathan Romney
Still in thrall to man at his most brutal, Denmark’s Nicolas Winding Refn returns to his Viking roots

INCEPTION
By Amy Taubin
Christopher Nolan talks about his confounding new thriller

ONLINE CRITICISM
By Paul Brunick
Time for a ceasefire between the Old School and Young Turk factions

THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
By Christine Spines
Lisa Cholodenko breaks out of the indie ghetto by making a family comedy-drama with a difference

TODD SOLONDZ
By Bruce Wagner
The uncompromising vision and compassionate humanity of the director of Life During Wartime

TINTO BRASS
By Maitland McDonagh
The highbrow pedigree of Italy’s softcore auteur

DEPARTMENTS

EDITOR’S LETTER

OPENING SHOTS
News, Hot Property: The Hole, Alex Cox’s 10,000 Ways to Die: The Culpepper Cattle Co., Site Specifics: UltraSlo.com, The Trivial Top 20®: Best Films Made by Novelists and Fiction Writers, Letters

BROTHERS
Sibling Cinema

OLAF’S WORLD
Patrick Lung Kong

SOUND & VISION
Coming Back for More by Chris Chang & The Woodmans by Elisabeth Subrin

CRITICS’ CHOICE
Eight critics rate 25 new releases

FADE OUT
Michael Almereyda on Dennis Hopper

ENCORE
Farewell, My Lovely by Kent Jones

FESTIVALS
Tribeca by Amy Taubin; Cannes by Scott Foundas, Gavin Smith, Kent Jones, Melissa Anderson, and Richard Peña

SCREENINGS
Cyrus by David Zuckerman; Spring Fever by Andrew Chan; I Killed My Mother by Genevieve Yue; Around a Small Mountain by Miriam Bale; The Law by Dave Kehr; Alamar by Nicolas Rapold

SHORT TAKES
The Disappearance of Alice Creed by Laura Kern; Down Terrace by Chris Chang; A Film Unfinished by Chris Chang; Lebanon by Nicolas Rapold; Restrepo by Nicolas Rapold; Soul Kitchen by Laura Kern

HOME MOVIES
The High Command/The Queen of Spades/The Secret PeopleUnion Station; Two Films by Yasujiro Ozu; L’Enfance nue; Antonio das MortesA Million in the Morning; Lost Keaton; Skellig: The Owl ManI Need That Record!; Kim Dong Won Collection   

READINGS
Paul Verhoeven’s Jesus of NazarethHollywood Hellraisers: The Wild Lives of Marlon Brando, Dennis Hopper, Warren Beatty, and Jack NicholsonPainting the City Red: Chinese Chinema and the Urban Conflict

CLOSING SHOTS
Who’s who at recent Film Society events