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Raised in Fear: Obsolete Technology, Retro-Futurism, Ultra-Violence, and Stanley Kubrick

I have always been drawn to visions of the future, but little did I know what brutal images were held on the Beta videocassette of Stanley Kubrick’s "A Clockwork Orange" I rented at the tender age of ten.
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • December 11, 2012 8:34 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: The Power of Padding in First Films by John Carpenter and Monte Hellman

Scenes built specifically to ‘fill time’ for theatrical and TV release offer a surprise peek at the auteurist genius of John Carpenter and Monte Hellman.
  • By Kevin B. Lee
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  • December 4, 2012 8:38 AM
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The Sensible Craft of Ben Affleck's ARGO

Ben Affleck's third directing effort, "Argo," is funnier than expected, is expertly paced, and has a fantastic 70s look (the most convincing since Zodiac), plus knockout supporting performances by Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, and John Goodman in very colorful roles.
  • By Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • December 3, 2012 8:35 AM
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VIDEO: An Evening with Lawrence Jordan, Pioneer of Experimental Animation

At an energetic 78, Lawrence Jordan may be riding the peak of his career. A major underground film figure since the ’60s (he co-founded the indispensable filmmakers co-op Canyon Cinema), Jordan has amassed a stunning body of work over the decades, with his pioneering collage animations holding firm as his signature creations. While films like Duo Concertantes, Our Lady of the Sphere and Orb made him a solid fixture on the experimental scene, his recent works like Enid’s Idyll, Beyond Enchantment and Solar Sight (his first to use color photographs) show him as joyfully engaged as ever in vision quests. As Michael Atkinson wrote on Keyframe earlier this year, “Nobody’s films come packing so many spontaneous ecstatic moments, in a recognizably and rapturously gorgeous context as Jordan’s.”
  • By Kevin B. Lee
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  • December 2, 2012 11:22 PM
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Beyond the Veil of the Flesh: David Cronenberg's THE FLY (1986)

I’m glad I re-watched David Cronenberg’s 1986 version of "The Fly" on Blu-ray. I haven't watched it in decent resolution since I saw it in a theater on first release. It's still brilliant and perfect, and profoundly moving—maybe Cronenberg's greatest and most perfect film; a horror tragedy that doesn't cop out, ever.
  • By Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • December 1, 2012 5:55 PM
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