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Milkyway Magic: The Creative Genius of Johnnie To and Soi Cheang

  • By Adam Cook
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  • August 13, 2012 8:30 AM
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Thanks to director/writer/producer Johnnie To, the commercial cinema of Hong Kong has entered a golden age. Since forming Milkyway Image Ltd. in 1996, To has helped produce over fifty films, and has directed or co-directed over half of them himself. While other Hong Kong filmmakers were being exported to America or devoting themselves to the arthouse scene, To commited himself to rehabilitating Hong Kong’s film industry with a synthesis of commercial filmmaking, expert craft, storytelling, and poetry. Largely inspired by European art cinema and classical Hollywood technique, To has imbued his action and crime films with uncommon artistry, establishing himself as one of contemporary movie culture's greatest genre filmmakers. 

Weekend Reel Reads: Selections from the Locarno Critics Academy

  • By Steve Greene
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  • August 12, 2012 1:02 PM
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As the Locarno Critic's Academy reaches its conclusion, we present a special version of Weekend Reel Reads featuring work from our eight studious and eloquent members.

This Week on Criticwire: Considering the Future of Franchises

  • By Steve Greene
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  • August 11, 2012 12:35 PM
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As reboots continue to persist in the public conscious, Criticwire looked at how that trend might continue (and what ramifications that has for filmmaking in general).

Days of Future Women Past: The Films of Marco Ferreri and Ornella Muti

  • By Celluloid Liberation Front
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  • August 10, 2012 4:01 PM
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On the ominous and uncomfortable visions of Marco Ferreri and Ornella Muti.

From the Wire: Remakes Totally Recall the Greatness of Folklore

  • By Matt Singer
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  • August 10, 2012 2:11 PM
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Are remakes actually one of our civilization's "greatest achievements?"

Interview: Apichatpong Weerasethakul Recalls His Past Films and Future Plans

  • By Marc Menichini
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  • August 10, 2012 10:31 AM
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The director of "Uncle Boonmee" on upcoming projects, his cinematic inspiration, and how it feels to be the president of the jury at the 2012 Locarno Film Festival.

Some Theories About Rodney Ascher's 'Room 237'

  • By Ari Gunnar Thorsteinsson
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  • August 9, 2012 5:41 PM
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Is this documentary about Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" a work of criticism, or a critique of criticism?

A 'Godfather' Falls From Grace

  • By Matt Singer
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  • August 9, 2012 4:44 PM
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Apparently his offer wasn't all that difficult to refuse.

Telling the Story of Cinema

  • By Adam Cook
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  • August 9, 2012 9:57 AM
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Making sense of the Locarno Film Festival's sprawling new sidebar, Histoire(s) du Cinéma.

Seeing the Sights in the Films of Ben Wheatley

  • By Beatrice Behn
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  • August 8, 2012 5:29 PM
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Considering the uniquely personal aesthetic of one of the most talented young genre filmmakers in the world.

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