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For a very long time, if someone asked who my favorite celebrity was, I wouldn’t have an answer. To me, a celebrity was an empty vessel whose personality I knew nothing about. How could I form an attachment to a vessel? At least, that’s how I felt about celebrities until I became aware of Chloë Sevigny. Her personality on a screen felt notably authentic; not like she was Chloë Sevigny acting, but like she was actually Chloë...
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...
Love & Friendship Directed by Whit Stillman Opens May 13 The pairing of Whit Stillman and Jane Austen was a match written in destiny ever since Audrey and Tom (who’d only read Lionel Trilling’s Austen criticism) debated the merits of Mansfield Park in 1990’s Metropolitan (or even—who knows?—since Stillman read his first Austen story). Both share an abiding, near-pathological interest in the intricacies of upper-ish class manners and caste delineations, observed with a slicing yet sympathetic eye...
There's been much ado about the 20th anniversary of Larry Clark's Kids, the film that launched a thousand stricter curfews with its raw depiction of New York City teenagers making terrible decisions. There have been countless anniversary screenings, as well as new oral histories by cast and crew members. To cap it all off, the teaser trailer for a feature-length documentary about the movie's making, in the works for nearly 10 years, has (finally) just been released. To be called The Kids,...

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