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Ghost in the Shell (1995) Directed by Mamoru Oshii Released on the same day in Japan, the United States and elsewhere, this animated film searches deep for what is common to us all: what it means to be human, to have a conscience, feelings… a soul, if you wish. These questions and philosophical musings are filtered through the non-race-specific female cyborg protagonist, who’s the muscle of a public security agency in charge of catching the hackers...
Joe Dante at the Movies August 5-24 at BAM It makes perfect sense for a Joe Dante retrospective to consist of the films he loves as well as the ones he made. Which is what BAMcinematék has decided to do to honor and celebrate one of the undisputed masters of contemporary American cinema. Joe Dante belongs to that pre-Tarantino generation whose love and critical understanding of cinema not only animated their careers as filmmakers but was...
Ebb and Flow (2014) Directed by Gabriel Mascaro The Brazilian filmmaker Mascaro’s half-hour-long film (which will screen together with his feature-length documentary Housemaids) follows, in closely observational and often sweet fashion, the daily routines of Rodrigo (played by Márcio Campelo Santana), a young deaf-mute man who lives with his mother and young sister in a lower-class neighborhood of Recife. Rodrigo is also HIV-positive, and by following him as he meets with doctors and jokes with friends,...
Coming Apart (1969) Directed by Milton Moses Ginsberg Imagine, crazy as it sounds, David of David Holzman’s Diary as a middle-aged psychiatrist instead of a young filmmaker, and you sort of get the idea. Exploiting the power of his profession, Joe (Rip Torn) flirts, seduces, and sleeps with a number of women—patients, acquaintances, strangers—in a friend’s cozy Manhattan office. Unbeknownst to them, he secretly films all of his encounters. Coming Apart completely consists of these hidden-camera...

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