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Blue Velvet (1986) Directed by David Lynch In the autumn and winter of 2014-15, an exhibition of David Lynch’s early pieces, The Unified Field, was on display at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia. Lynch spent several years studying here, creating a body of work with a je ne sais quoi only identifiable as his own. The exhibit featured sculpture, painting, and short films, all of which explored the same paradigms...
River’s Edge (1987) Directed by Tim Hunter It’s no mystery why David Lynch tapped Hunter to helm a few episodes of Twin Peaks. This breakthrough film, after a pair of family-friendlies, resembles the later television show—it opens with the naked corpse of a young woman, who’ll later be pulled out of a river, and proceeds to reveal the lives of quirky characters inhabiting a Pacific Northwestern town, including Dennis Hopper, holed up in a house with...
Stonewall Directed by Roland Emmerich Opens September 25 The cardinal sin of Stonewall—the supposition that a blond, straight-acting 18-year-old transplant from Indiana threw the first brick and incited the riot—has already prompted several preemptive boycotts. (It’s well documented that it was likely Marsha P. Johnson, Silvia Rivera, butch lesbians, or any of the other POC who frequented the bar actually kicked things off; the film’s version of events has Ms. Johnson handcuffed to Stonewall club owner/Mafioso Ed...
The 2015 Toronto International Film Festival ran from September 10-20. Read Adam Cook's previous dispatch here. After an uneasy beginning, the Toronto International Film Festival, amidst its overwhelmingly large program of films, has revealed that it does contain some treasures. Firstly, it was veteran Polish filmmaker Jerzy Skolimowski's 11 Minutes that shattered the monotony of the festival, at 8:45am no less, literally and figuratively waking me up in my seat as my tired eyes threatened...