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La Notte (1961) Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni Easy to parody, impossible to replicate, what Andrew Sarris called “Antoniennui”—glamorous European movie stars composed in tableaux in front of brutalist architecture, speaking past each other in existential aphorisms—can be embraced as a Marxist-influence tract on the alienation of contemporary life or snorted at as chic pretention, equal and opposite visceral reactions to ambitious modern aesthetics which in either case and for better and worse say more about...
A Touch of Zen (1971) Directed by King Hu Has any action film strived for transcendence as openly as A Touch of Zen? Despite the occasional religious reference, the first half of this three-hour wuxia epic is focused mostly on establishing its characters and plot: the duplicity that forces Yang (Hsu Feng) and two of her aides to hide out in a small village, and which draws in Gu (Shi Jun), an aspiring scholar/slacker who...
Fargo (1996) Directed by Joel Coen Among post-Scorsese American filmmakers, the Coen Brothers are unrivalled in terms of quality and originality. Fargo deservedly remains their signature movie, its cultural reverberations extended and deepened by the eponymous anthology television program, which has emerged as one of the most sly and inventive ever. Though always oblique and mordant, they are never obscurantist. Punctuating the telling of this purportedly true crime story are the comically outré violence done and...
Hi, you live in New York. You are not immune to the finer things in life, things like gold. But sometimes you enjoy more basic pleasures, too, like doughnuts. Because, damn, are they ever good. But what if there were a place in which high could meet low, where gold could meet doughnut? Well, guess what? There is, and it's called Willamsburg, which is now home to the world's first golden-flaked, champagne-imbued doughnut. This sparkly treat, literally coated in riches, was...