March/April 2010

Catherine Breillat, Nicole Holofcener, Daniel Schmid, Andrew Sarris on Eric Rohmer, Sundance reports by Amy Taubin and Laura Kern, Greenberg, I Love You Phillip Morris, No One Knows About Persian Cats, and Mother, the 35th annual grosses gloss, your comments about the best of 2009 and the decade

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GREEN ZONE
By Gavin Smith
Paul Greengrass reveals the recipe for his latest state-of-the-art thriller

NICOLE HOLOFCENER
By Christine Spines
Please Give is the newest and best of this director’s candid indictments of female folly

CATHERINE BREILLAT
By Amy Taubin
The intrepid director on her re-envisioning of the Bluebeard tale

DANIEL SCHMID
By Gary Indiana
The haunted, ritualized cinema of the late Swiss director

35TH ANNUAL GROSSES GLOSS
By Donald Wilson
Box-office results for 2009, the year that Avatar conquered the world. Plus: Roger Smith on what James Cameron hath wrought

DEPARTMENTS

EDITOR’S LETTER

OPENING SHOTS
News, Hot Property: The Red Chapel by Chris Chang, Alex Cox’s 10,000 Ways to Die: Rita of the West, Site Specifics: Undercurrent by Paul Fileri, Trivial Top 20: The Best Performances by Children 12 and Under, Letters

READER’S POLL
Your best films of 2009 and the decade. Plus: your comments on the best of 2009 and of the decade

OLAF’S WORLD
Cyrus Frisch

SOUND AND VISION
Dogtooth by Philip Brophy & Tim Burton’s MoMA Retrospective by Chris Chang

CRITICS’ CHOICE
Eight critics rate 25 new releases

ENCORE
Dusty and Sweets McGee by Thom Anderson

BRIEF ENCOUNTERS
Tilda Swinton by Harlan Jacobson

THE ACCIDENTAL AUTEURIST
Andrew Sarris on Eric Rohmer

FESTIVALS
Sundance by Amy Taubin, Laura Kern; Rotterdam by Gavin Smith

SCREENINGS
Greenberg by Scott Foundas, I Love You Phillip Morris by Paul Brunick, No One Knows About Persian Cats by Nicolas Rapold, Mother by Megan Ratner

SHORT TAKES
Brooklyn’s Finest by Chris Chang, The Eclipse by Laura Kern, The Good Heart by Laura Kern, Mid-August Lunch by Nicolas Rapold, Prodigal Sons by Nicolas Rapold, The Secret of Kells by Chris Chang

HOME MOVIES
Letters from Fontainhas: Three Films by Pedro Costa by Patrick Friel

READINGS
Irving Thalberg: Boy Wonder to Producer Prince by Mark A. Vieira, reviewed by Kent Jones; Inside the Hollywood Fan Magazine: A History of Star Makers, Fabricators, and Gossip Mongers by Anthony Slide, reviewed by Kevin Canfield; Party Animals: A Hollywood Tale of Sex, Drugs, and Rock ’n’ Roll Starring the Fabulous Allan Carr by Robert Hofler, reviewed by David Ehrenstein; Warning Shadows: Home Alone with Classic Cinema by Gary Giddins, reviewed by George Rafael

CLOSING SHOTS
Who’s who at recent Film Society events