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Film Three-Quarterly: The Master (2012)

Film Three-Quarterly: The Master (2012)

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Film-ThreeQuarterly-logoHaving just looked at an example of Hollywood’s classic period, Casablanca, I thought I’d turn to a contemporary film, a difficult film, and one that at first blanch doesn’t appear to have too much of a story: The Master.

With There Will Be Blood (2007) director Paul Thomas Anderson began to explore “difficult” narratives with plots that vanish the closer you get to them, like desert mirages.

As Roger Ebert wrote in his review of the film, it is “fabulously well-acted and crafted, but when I reach for it, my hand closes on air.”

What exactly *is* this film about? Yes, it’s about a troubled sailor Freddie (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in with a charismatic leader Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and his self-help cult. Freddie is looking for help–or is he?–and by the end of the film, he really hasn’t found it.

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Film Comment’s Korean Special: What’s Streaming?

Power of Kangwon

I just got the current issue of Film Comment (with Albert Maysles on the cover). The centerpiece of the issue is “Korea Prospects II,” edited by Goran Topalovic, an in-depth survey of current South Korean directors with short bios. Like a similar survey they did last year on Hong Kong cinema, there’s a lot of films that I now want to see. Maybe you feel the same. So I went through Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video and have compiled this handy guide to what’s currently streaming for each director. I also indicate DVDs that you can order from Netflix, if you still get things by mail.

Note: Netflix’s search function sucks if you are trying to look for directors. I also looked into Hulu but found it unusable so fuck’em. Fandor has a few Hong Sang-soo films to fill the gaps.

Another note: I would take any “Save DVD” button on Netflix with a grain of salt.

Full list after the jump!

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Documentary on Teen Star winner, Mary Grace Langhorne, heads to prestigious Film Festival

The inspiring story of

The filmmakers and the subject of their film gather at Dajen Productions before the crew's trip to Cannes. Clockise from upper left: Claudia Lapin, Dave Jenkins, Pam Brandon, Mary-Grace Langhorne, Joe Lambert. NIK BLASKOVICH/NEWS-PRESS PHOTO

The filmmakers and the subject of their film gather at Dajen Productions before the crew’s trip to Cannes. Clockise from upper left: Claudia Lapin, Dave Jenkins, Pam Brandon, Mary-Grace Langhorne, Joe Lambert.
NIK BLASKOVICH/NEWS-PRESS PHOTO

, the 2014 winner of Santa Barbara’s TeenStar competition, has entered a new chapter. A short film based on her story is headed to the Cannes Film Festival next week, along with the filmmakers. Their goal: to share her story with the world and to seek funding for a full-length documentary.

“This story is too important, too inspiring to not share it with the world,” said the film’s executive producer and head of Teen Star Joe Lambert. “Mary Grace is a very special individual and a very determined little girl.”

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