Mar 27, 2009 Web Exclusive

When a director has shot a 17-minute debate between a prisoner and a Catholic priest in an epic single take, as English artist Steve McQueen did for the centerpiece of his feature-length debut Hunger, it’s only fitting that he would want to challenge you during a conversation.
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Feb 17, 2009 Web Exclusive

It’s 5 p.m. and Italian director Matteo Garrone is nearing the end of a full day of interviews to promote his film Gomorrah, a bold, sobering work that weaves together five stories of characters—young and old—whose lives are influenced by the Camorra, the multi-faceted crime system that operates pervasively in Naples and the surrounding Compania region of southern Italy. More

Feb 17, 2009 Web Exclusive

When Morgan Dews’ grandmother Allis died in 2001, the New York writer/filmmaker inherited a wealth of her personal photos and 201 of her 8mm home movies, shot primarily by her during the 1950s and ’60s. Although Dews initially had hoped to make a short film from the footage, the images eventually composed the visual content for Dews’ first feature-length film, the lyrical yet unsettling documentary Must Read After My Death. More

Feb 01, 2009 Winter 2009 - Anticipated Albums of 2009

The Invisible don’t sound like anyone else. The comparison points all come with a but or a kind-of. How often does this happen in this day and age of constant cataloguing, categorizing, and pigeonholing? In a gun-to-the-head situation, TV on the Radio would be mentioned for their singularity, and Brian Eno’s production as a sonic jump-off point, but… More

Feb 01, 2009 Winter 2009 - Anticipated Albums of 2009

The Parisian members of Revolver—Ambroise Willaume, Christophe Musset, and Jérémie Arcache—are not native English speakers. When they speak, their sentences often succumb to the occasional slip in verb tense or syllable emphasis. There are even instances of hesitation and momentary pause when the search for the optimal phrase leaves them somewhat at a loss. More

Feb 01, 2009 Winter 2009 - Anticipated Albums of 2009

After a half-decade absence from the medium that made him famous, Joss Whedon is coming back to television. The mastermind behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly (as well as Serenity, Firefly’s big screen resurrection) returns   to the small screen with Dollhouse, a sci-fi action drama that’s decidedly different from his previous ventures. More

Feb 01, 2009 Winter 2009 - Anticipated Albums of 2009

Brian Aubert is flattered that so many people mistook him for a woman after hearing his band’s breakthrough single, “Lazy Eye.” More

Feb 01, 2009 Winter 2009 - Anticipated Albums of 2009

“You can only discover something once,” M. Ward says, speaking about both his own music and the influence other artists have had on him. Over the course of his first five solo LPs, Ward slowly opened up, both lyrically and musically, so that each successive album still exuded that feeling of discovery. His sixth, Hold Time, is no exception. More

Feb 01, 2009 Winter 2009 - Anticipated Albums of 2009

With 2005’s I Am a Bird Now, an album that introduced us to a songwriter with an otherworldly vibrato and an ear for songs that ached with an uneasy desire for transformation and transcendence, Antony Hegarty entered his name on the list of artists who will never be mistaken for someone else. More