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Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny

The little cool filmmaker who could.

Café Society

For his latest, Woody Allen delivers a broad pastiche of the 1930s and a fairly affectionate portrait of Hollywood.

Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

A testament to the power of fan culture and a celebration of its permanent place in the media landscape.

De Palma

Here, the acclaimed—and often maligned—director of Carrie, Dressed to Kill, and Scarface takes an honest, insightful, and often funny look at his path, a career that’s resulted in plenty of box office hits—but more than a few clunkers.

Hail, Caesar!

Hail, Caesar! is a big, luscious, gorgeous ode to the Golden Age of Hollywood—a certain kind of Hollywood, at any rate. It’s a work that is great and minor at the same time. It has a passable central plot while everything else around it, all of the moving parts, is wonderful and hysterically funny and often […]

Dreams Rewired

It wasn’t really that long ago when many had to rely on dial-up Internet service, when listening to live-streaming audio sounded like an underwater long-distant phone call, and podcasts and streaming video on demand were merely ideas on the horizon. In the breezy Dreams Rewired, perspectives on the rapid-fire technical developments of a century ago […]

Hitchcock/Truffaut

Film Comment deputy editor and New York Film Festival programmer Kent Jones’s cinematic fan letter to the François Truffaut/Alfred Hitchcock’s collaboration, 1966’s Hitchcock: A Definitive Study of Alfred Hitchcock, may be the most effective inducement to pick up a book since Oprah’s Book Club left the air—well, at least for cinephiles. Film buffs who haven’t […]

Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans

In 1970, Steve McQueen was on top of the world as a box-office star, coming off of films like The Thomas Crown Affair and Bullitt. He was called the “King of Cool” (one of several nicknames you can see on his IMDb profile). So he decided to go for his longtime passion, auto racing, in […]

Sembene!

Described as “the father of African cinema,” Ousmane Sembène receives a mostly conventional biodocumentary in Sembene!, but it is enlivened by biographer Samba Gadjigo’s personal perspectives and an impressive array of contextual footage, personal photographs, rare archival footage, interviews with intimates, and clips of Sembène’s films that are only now being preserved. Sembène had much […]