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Superman Vs The Elite: A Perfect Satire?

By Nathan Liu

For the longest time, I wasn’t sure what to make of satire. In all honesty, I didn’t even know how to define it. Over the years, I received a variety of references and tools to help identify it. Questions like “does it criticize a particular aspect of society?” “Does it try to make things better?” […]

Communists and Space Aliens as Metaphor in Cinema

By Jon Hill

An Homage to Paranoid Sci Fi Films of the 1950s Nowhere in all of cinema is metaphor used more brilliantly than in the sub-genre I call “paranoid Sci Fi”, and at no time was it exploited more effectively than in the decade of the 1950s. Before 1950 Science Fiction films were mostly low budget cheesy […]

The Question of Integrity–Life and the Movies

By Flo Ankah

Attending the TCM Classics Film Festival is like renewing your vows with… your love of cinema. Unlike any other festival I have been to, the programming is not for the filmmakers, but for the cinephiles (some of them hardcore buffs) traveling nationally and internationally. Most return year after year to discover newly restored gems and […]

What Makes A Noir Character Noirish?

By Jon Hill

What has always fascinated me about film noir characters is that they are defined not by what they are, but by what they are not: what they don’t do, what they don’t have and what they never say. There is a reason for this: censorship. During the era of Nazi terror in Europe, many film […]

How About the Local Film Festivals?

By Flo Ankah

I started to go to film festivals showing short projects, always a wonderful opportunity for a “workation”. You are out-of-town, can focus on the films, and it’s easier to keep up with all the networking. Somehow it’s different for me with New York-based festivals: when there isn’t a specific project to push, it’s easier to […]

Cultural Intimacy in Film = Time + Love

By Flo Ankah

Indie films are a labor of love.  Yes, the initial goal is making the best possible picture, one that realizes the director’s vision with integrity and can objectively reach its target audience.  From the perspective of the film festival goer, you watch the movie in a huge theater, there is a buzz, packed audience and […]

Taste in Movies & Early Works of a Filmmaker

By Flo Ankah

One of the reasons movies are so powerful is that they bring people together.  Every film lover has a theater of choice, a time of day, a week-end binging habit or what not where they like watching movies the most.  My theater is the Sunshine in the East Village, because the house manager greets the […]

Dancing between Darkness and Light

By Flo Ankah

Nicolas Winding Refn does have an exciting mind.  Even if I can’t quite pronounce his name right, I became a fan of the filmmaker after watching Drive.  In both films I find his timing fascinating, I love that he clearly doesn’t care about the norm, and knows how to break boundaries.  Only God Forgives is a tale […]

They Don’t Kid Around, it Gets Bloody

By Flo Ankah

If someone asks what my favorite movie is, I always blank out, think “Oh but there are so many” and then answer “To Kill a Mockingbird.”  The truth is that I have seen the film only once, I can barely recall what the plot is, there is a mysterious neighbor, definitely black and white, and it […]

Ravishing Creatures on Surreal Yacht

By Flo Ankah

I found out about Lucrecia Martel by chance on a late Sunday evening at the Brooklyn Heights Cinema. Sometimes the beauty about not going to film school is that you can be surprised every time you discover something great, even though everyone else knows about it.  The filmmaker herself, from Buenos Aires Argentina, claims that […]

French Cows Running on Brooklyn Rooftops

By Flo Ankah

What to do in Brooklyn on a warm Spring evening? Rooftop Films… After a few refreshing shorts, my friends and I were blown away watching Emmanuel Gras’ Bovine.  I come from a French farm, but I had never seen cows from that close.  The film showcases stunning visuals of the French countryside, and genuinely gives […]