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Man Facing Southeast (1986) Directed by Eliseo Subiela In his work, Argentine auteur Eliseo Subiela (1944-2016) blended surrealism and magical realism in narratives that are partly philosophical, partly spiritual. Man Facing Southeast is his best-known film, if it’s known at all now in the US. A humanistic lo-fi sci-fi movie, it shares affinities with The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Starman (1984), and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s...
It's the midst of December, and so the attention of the film world is focused on awards season, especially as the window of eligibility is coming to a rapid close. Movies like Fences, Martin Scorsese's Silcence, and La La Land, starring Ryan Gosling, will have just beaten that deadline (all with release dates around Christmas), and could potentially make quite a splash at the box office. But, today, our attentions will be ever-slightly diverted (with one eye fixed on Ryan...
Bars provide us with many good things, most of which are based in fermented sugars and distilled liquids. But for our souls, they do a lot more: To walk inside of a favorite is to leave behind the day that came before it. If there are chairs, a counter, bottles of liquor, and a person to serve some of it to you, well, welcome to a better place than the one you've just left. But sometimes—not...
Esopus, Brooklyn’s hefty and gorgeously-bound annual arts and letters magazine, has just released its latest edition, Esopus 23. Editor and executive director Tod Lippy founded the non-profit publication in 2003, and, from the get-go, it defied easy classification: each issue is an extensive compilation of visual art, essays, music, fiction, fold-out visuals, posters, little detachable surprises, comics, photo essays, and interviews, from today's most celebrated authors and art-makers. Together, the collections blur the line...

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