Her Man (1930) & the August-September Museum Films Program

Before I introduce the next two months of Museum Films programming at OKCMOA, let me first offer a few enthusiastic words for Tay Garnett’s Her Man (1930), which screened in newly restored 4K last night in the Noble Theater. Produced in the very early years of sound synchronization, at a time when the expressive camerawork of silent film’s… Learn More

Lovely Things That Don’t Endure: On Terence Davies's Sunset Song (2015)

Among a certain set of obsessive film-goers–for whom movies are always an art, above all–there seems to be a gathering consensus that Terence Davies is Britain’s greatest living filmmaker. Of course, there were some who were ready to make the claim on the basis of his first two features, the masterpieces Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) and The Long Day… Learn More

Excavating the Unconscious: On Apichatpong's Cemetery of Splendour

Set in the Isan region of northeastern Thailand–the childhood home to one of the world cinema’s greatest living directors, Apichatpong Weerasethakul–Cemetery of Splendour (2015) centers on a temporary rural hospital that houses soldiers with a mysterious sleeping illness. Among those who pass in and out of this makeshift space are a medium who contacts the spirits of murder… Learn More

Dispatch ahead of the 66th Berlinale: Hail, Caesar! & A Festival Preview

By the time Joel and Ethan Coen’s Hail, Caesar! (2016) opens the 66th Berlin Film Festival (the Berlinale) this coming Thursday, it will have already premiered to underwhelming domestic (U.S.) box office and positive, though not exactly sterling reviews. Combine this with the fact of a February release date that could not be further from Oscar season, and one would not be blamed for… Learn More

Jacques Rivette, In Memoriam

Filmmaker and critic Jacques Rivette (1928-2016) has meant a great deal to me for most of my life as a serious cinema-goer: In 2001, I wrote my undergraduate thesis on the liberational aspects of the director’s masterpiece, Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974); three years later, I managed my first publication with a piece on his then-latest, Story of Marie… Learn More

Buried Treasure

Lost in the news of and the pursuant controversy created by this year’s Oscar nominees — as if there were a world in which the Academy actually mattered as much as everyone is pretending it does — is yet another sign of the cinema’s 21st-century vitality; another signal of a medium of personal expression and historical reexamination… Learn More