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Reel Brooklyn is a biweekly column chronicling the definitive history of Brooklyn on-screen, one film—and neighborhood—at a time. Where were you in ‘92? Maybe you were right in the northwest 'hoods when Nick Gomez hit Metropolitan Avenue with a mere 30K and a skeleton crew to make Laws of Gravity, one of that decade's rawest, most authentic indies. Call us old school, but in the ‘90s it was still possible to be riveted by and...
Reel Brooklyn is a biweekly column chronicling the definitive history of Brooklyn on-screen, one film—and neighborhood—at a time. Kings County paleontologists have swooned over Morris Engel's Little Fugitive (1953) practically since it was made—a rough, unassuming indie document of Brooklyn-ness in the mid-century, it nevertheless won a top prize at the Venice Film Festival, got nominated for a screenplay Oscar (a feat for largely improvised film with little dialogue), and played in 5,000 U.S. theaters....
Reel Brooklyn is a new biweekly column chronicling the definitive history of Brooklyn on-screen, one film—and neighborhood—at a time. Movies as archaeology—more than most cities, Brooklyn is in a constant state of rapid cellular evolution, often leaving movies, going back a century, as our only record of how the neighborhoods used to breathe, bustle and roll. If you know Windsor Terrace and the northern outlands of Flatbush, for instance, you'll feel the bite of authentic...
A Terra-Cotta Warrior (1990) Directed by Ching Siu-tung March 9, 8:45pm at the Metrograph as part of the 6th Annual Old School Kung Fu Fest On DVD via Warner Archive For a few decades, Hong Kong was the world's busiest movie-movie ant farm, scurrying in a state of organized chaos and slapping together breakneck cinema as if the world might end with the handover from the Brits to the Chinese in 1997. It didn't, but the breathless anxiety...

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