Mephistopheles never really gets behind its star’s carefully cultivated image as a haughty aesthete to interrogate the philosophical beliefs, private passions and political principles beneath.
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A gripping real-life spy thriller full of treachery and intrigue, Coup 53 revisits the shadowy plot that deposed Iran’s democratically elected leader Mohammad Mossadegh in August 1953.
Despite their obvious enthusiasm for Banksy, Rouvier and Haley paint a strangely one-dimensional portrait of him here, ignoring his writing and film work. Ironically, the artist himself offered a far more thoughtful and revealing assessment of his place in the cultural landscape with his own Oscar-nominated 2010 documentary, Exit Through The Gift Shop.
For casual fans and novice film scholars, Forman Vs. Forman offers a concise, compelling introduction to the feted Czech director. But the breezy tone and skimpy detail may frustrate more experienced cineastes craving a more thorough, insightful, investigative bio-documentary. F
Shields frames Lynch’s story as part of a broad historical canvas interwoven with quotes and film clips featuring iconic Bay Area writers, artists and activists including Jack London, Angela Davis, Bruce Lee, Alice Walker, the Black Panthers, Philip K. Dick, Sly Stone, Sonny Barger, Clint Eastwood, Maxine Hong Kingston, Tupac Shakur and Ryan Coogler.
Imagine a vintage John Hughes teen movie, but with backstage orgies and three-day heroin binges.
King Rocker could have been a story of failure, as the singer himself initially suggested, but instead Lee crafts it into a heart-warming tale of heroic endurance in the face of critical and commercial indifference.
The London-based Rovner’s engaging feature debut seeks to redress the testosterone-heavy history of machine-made symphonies by celebrating underrated, overlooked composers including Delia Derbyshire, Pauline Oliveros and Laurie Spiegel.
Widely mocked and reviled on its 1995 release, Showgirls soon exploded into a Chernobyl-sized catastrophe that remains culturally radioactive even 25 years later.