Like 60 seconds of that film adaptation of JG Ballard’s High-Rise

Gaspar Noé picks DVDs from the Criterion Collection closet

Laurie Anderson​ picks DVDs from the Criterion Collection closet

Don DeLillo: The Word, the Image, the Gun (Documentary)

The witness

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From The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989). Directed by Peter Greenaway. Cinematography by Sacha Vierny.

Nobody to talk to

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From The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989). Directed by Peter Greenaway. Cinematography by Sacha Vierny.

A video essay on the music of Nic Roeg’s film The Man Who Fell to Earth

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Mulholland Drive film posters by Kevin Tong

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Faces of Don Rumata (Hard to Be a God)

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Still from Hard to Be a God (2013). Directed by Aleksey German. Cinematography by Vladimir Ilin and Yuriy Klimenk.

[stammers, laughs]

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Bring me the butcher’s knife.

RIP Wes Craven

RIP Wes Craven, 1939-2015

Like a lot of people my age (I was born in 1979), I grew up alternately seeking out and then trying to look away from snippets of Wes Craven films—posters, previews, surreptitious late-night cable screenings—hell, even Mad Magazine parodies. Nightmare fuel, sometimes glimpsed through webbed fingers. Was it A Nightmare on Elm Street or Swamp Thing I saw first, at 9 or 10, probably on the USA network? I know I didn’t see his cult classics until later, until I was in college—The Last House on the Left and The Hills Have Eyes. By then I’d seen the Nightmare on Elm Street films a few times in their raw VHS glory. My favorite is still Dream Warriors. And of course I saw Scream and its sequels in the theater—we loved it, thought it so clever, so meta! But my favorite Craven film by far is The People Under the Stairs, a 1991 dark fable that summarized Reagan’s eighties. Predatory capitalism as horror. Anyway, dude was a legend and his films will live on, both in and of themselves, but also as the generative material for films yet to come.

J. G. Ballard discusses Empire of the Sun (and other stuff) in a 1984 interview

Freedom of Speech — Dave MacDowell

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Godard vs. Truffaut

Video for Joanna Newsom’s “Sapokanikan” (directed by Paul Thomas Anderson)