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Kedi Directed by Ceyda Torun Opens February 10 at the Metrograph Sorry, but I can’t imagine anything I’d less like to watch 80 minutes of than strangers talking about their pets. Kedi, a documentary about Istanbul’s ubiquitous street cats, indulges in the same sort of presumption which, in a Facebook friend, would drive you to unfollow their feed, as citydwellers hold forth on the alleged personalities of the feral felines who add character to their streetscape. But...
Dogs in Space (1986) Directed by Richard Lowenstein Set in 1978, Dogs in Space evokes a time when bands formed overnight in Melbourne. The film, which stars INXS frontman Michael Hutchence, focuses on one such band, the name of which is the name of film. Along with friends and friends of friends, they live in a shared house. It’s communal living, and Lowenstein conveys this with a flowing, mobile camera, maintaining spatial relations, and picking...
Migrating Forms March 4-10 at BAM Returning for its 7th annual festival, Migrating Forms takes a slightly different tack this year, aiming for depth over breadth by showing multiple works from the artists and collectives within each program of shorter works, as well as multiple features from single directors. It’s a welcome change for the New York festival environment—where work tangential to what might have once been termed the "avant-garde" often winds up slotted into eclectic...
The American Dreamer (1971) Directed by Lawrence Schiller and L.M. Kit Carson Filmed during the editing of his infamously outré Hollywood disaster The Last Movie, this captivating docu-fiction portrait of director Dennis Hopper at the peak of his drug-fueled, quasi-mystic phase of ass-backward fame and fortune is both companion piece to a ceaselessly fascinating film and a standalone revelation all its own. Capturing Hopper at work and play in the New Mexico desert, the film consists...