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Tricked Directed by Paul Verhoeven Now Playing at Cinema Village A bit of preliminary bar-setting: however cursory the theatrical release of Paul Verhoeven's 2012 sub-feature Tricked, there's no way this little film would receive any kind of distribution without the Dutch master's name attached. A behind-the-scenes promo doc called Paul's Experience—which, incidentally, rounds the Tricked roadshow edition out to a cool 90 minutes—sees Verhoeven counterbalancing roles: national treasure-cum-Hollywood success story on the one hand, embattled artist who...
A.K. (1985) Directed by Chris Marker February 19-25 at Film Forum Ran (1985) Directed by Akira Kurosawa February 26-March 3 at Film Forum In a 1975 lecture—reupholstered into the end-notes for his Something Like An Autobiography a few years later—Akira Kurosawa had this to say about on-set demeanor: During the shooting of a scene the director's eye has to catch even the minutest detail—but this does not mean glaring concentratedly at the set. While the cameras are rolling, I rarely...
Spectre Directed by Sam Mendes Opens November 6 It brings me no pleasure to report that Sam Mendes’s Spectre is a bloated, stodgy and on-the-large room-temperature affair, content to reiterate the same formulas that gave Skyfall a surprising, ultraluxx spryness even while its every narrative back alley was flushed with still more needless exposition. And exposition is that on which Mendes and his team of screenwriters (and, one has to assume, script doctors) have bet the house:...
Editor's Note: Five years after its founding, the Spectacle Theater, the volunteer-run Williamsburg microcinema, is raising funds to renovate and improve its South 3rd Street space (notoriously, a former bodega). The campaign runs through early next week, after which the theater will close until the new year, for renovations. Contributing film critic and Spectacle programmer/et cetera Steve Macfarlane sends this missive. Two years ago, I curated a series at Williamsburg microcinema Spectacle (usually, for clarificatory...

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