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My Favorite Films Of 2011: Christopher Bell

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • December 20, 2011 2:30 PM
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Something that always bothered me about being a critic was that your feelings on whatever you're writing about suddenly get stuck in stone after pushing that glorious "Publish" icon.

A Shape-Shifting Cinema: Apichatpong Weerasethakul Discusses His Entire Filmography

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • May 22, 2011 3:37 AM
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As part of the New Museum's exhibition of his latest installation project "Primitive" and his month-long residency, Thai filmmaker, visual artist and last year's Cannes Palme d'Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul held a four hour tour of his oeuvre (the museum hosts referring to it as a "master class"), beginning with his his more well-known feature work before revealing brief snippets of his installation-only short films (including those found in his current exhibit). He shared many personal tidbits in relation to each work, describing (though not too specifically) what he hoped to achieve with his camera and spicing up each presentation with a humorous aside here and there.

Interview: Apichatpong Weerasethakul Wants To Work With Chiara Mastroianni & Joan Allen

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • May 17, 2011 6:44 AM
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Also Downplays Tilda Swinton Collaboration, Loves David Fincher But Not 'Social Network'With the latest season of Cannes coming close to an end, what better time than look back at last year's Golden Palm winner?

Interview: Apichatpong Weerasethakul On 'Uncle Boonme,' Steven Spielberg, 'Inception' & More

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • March 4, 2011 9:26 AM
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Exclusive: Despite this writer’s undying love for the man and his films (actually, to be completely melodramatic and corny, “Syndromes and a Century” was a life changer), Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s work is not intended for mass audiences, and some of his pictures even leave the hardest cinephiles scratching their heads at the praise. That’s just how it is, not everyone's down for a 2+ hour experimental-narrative film from Thailand and there shouldn’t be any bitterness about it.

In Theaters: 'The Adjustment Bureau,' 'Rango,' 'Take Me Home Tonight,' 'Beastly'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • March 4, 2011 4:04 AM
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It's Friday, and we've finally shaken off the contact high we got from James Franco at the Oscars. We had to snag some uppers from Anne Hathaway just to get through the week (somehow the footage of her rehearsing the Jessie Spano "I'm so Excited" scene has yet to hit the web). Has everyone recovered from that annual weird-fest? It's like they try and make it more bizarre every year. But it's our tradition, and we have to keep watching. Thank you all for reading the liveblog, and commenting. We woke up to anxiety dreams that after the regular Oscars, there was another, completely different Oscars to liveblog. Not that we don't love it, we just get sleepy is all (wine is advised for extra viewing pleasure). But it's a new week, so let's hop right back on that horse, shall we?!

Review: 'Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives' Is A Very Difficult, But Deeply Rewarding Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 2, 2011 9:40 AM
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The following is a reprint of our review from the Cannes Film Festival.

Watch: Trailer For 'Uncle Boonme' Features Ghosts, Human/Catfish Sex, Red Eyed Creatures & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2011 5:54 AM
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Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Cannes Palme d'Or winner "Uncle Boonme Who Can Recall His Past Lives" is a tough sell, even for those who consider themselves arthouse nerds, so kudos to Strand Releasing for trying. With the film set to hit theaters this spring, a trailer has now arrived following the badass poster by Chris Ware, and it plays like a greatest hits of every bit of freakiness in the film.

Take A Look At Chris Ware's Gorgeous Poster For 'Uncle Boonme Who Can Recall Past Lives'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 8, 2011 7:09 AM
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How do you get audiences interested in a fascinating, dizzying, dense, impenetrable, funny, dry, strange just plain weird arthouse flick? Get famed comic book artist and cartoonist Chris Ware to design a mind-bogglingly beautiful poster for it.

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