Every photo of Michael Gira shares a set series of features: a stern grimace, a stoic, crag-like rigidity and a fiercely penetrating gaze -- a look that tunnels straight to your instincts, sets your nerves on edge. Even when a hint of a smile cracks its way across his face, the effect is chilling: a ... More >>
Compliance's Craig Zobel on documenting sexual degradation—with humanity
Los Angeles musician Chelsea Wolfe came to my attention via the track "Wasteland" from her 2011 album Apokalypsis. There was something so desolate and graphic in the song's absence of melody or form. Wolfe's voice sounded far away, underwater, maybe. Or perhaps she's the exterminating angel with dea ... More >>
As we mentioned in our preview this week, Summer of Glaciers, the solo project of Angelus bassist Ryan Wasterlain, just released an EP on Denton's Gutterth Records called Small Spaces. Check out the video clip for the unreleased track "The Use of Mirrors," so you can get a taste of his soundscapes ... More >>
Some of our notables showed great courage this year, others are simply notorious, but all 10 had a big impact in 2011.
J. Hoberman's faves from a mutating medium.
And nine more choice flicks.
Earth angel Brit Marling's world collides with reality.
Steven Soderbergh tries, and largely fails, to make 'em like they used to
Lars von Trier goes off on another rant about American violence
A father's Inheritance leads a son to financial success and personal ruin
Dogville screws the pooch
Pssst, wanna see a movie that isn't out yet...legally?
A boy desires his stepmom in the digital video Tadpole
Six lonely strangers meet in a beguiling Italian class
Six things you have to hear
A great 1999 made it just a decent 2000 in theaters
The Icelandic pop icon is the best thing in the mostly horrid Dancer in the Dark
Mifune's radical stylings belie its clichéd core
With Julien Donkey-Boy, Harmony Korine makes a brilliant ass of himself
The 12th Annual Dallas Video Festival offers all of the flavor with none of the fat of heavy TV consumption
Although many standout films were released in 1998, no one movie really stood out
In the Company of Men is one brutal valentine
Religion obsession and the quest for God make tough, terrific Waves
Small films have their big night in '96
Good, but not that good