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‘Under The Silver Lake’ Film Review: Andrew Garfield Lives Dirtbag Dream in La Story

‘Under The Silver Lake’ Film Review: Andrew Garfield Lives Dirtbag Dream in La Story
How’s this for irony? Those very same qualities that allow “Under The Silver Lake” to so thoroughly evoke both the city of Los Angeles and a certain Angelino lifestyle also turn the film into a bit of a mess. Sprawling, indulgent and with many pockets of pleasure, David Robert Mitchell ‘s film – which premiered Tuesday night in Cannes – is L.A. in the same way that “Apocalypse Now” was Vietnam.

Think of it as “Ready Stoner One,” as it wrangles a rather overwhelming compendium of references, easter-eggs and winks to some of the foundational texts of contemporary millennial culture and offers them as clues in a Galaxy Brain conspiracy.

Channeling Shaggy from “Scooby-Doo,” Andrew Garfield stars as Sam, a grade-a underachiever living the dirtbag dream in (where else but) the city’s Eastside hipster neighborhood of Silver Lake. Rent is long past due and the threat of eviction looms alarmingly close,
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Cinema Rediscovered 2017. 50 Years after "La chinoise", What Can Be Said of the Radical Left?

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Kirsty Asher was a participant on this year's inaugural Film Critics Day workshop at the Cinema Rediscovered film festival in Bristol and Clevedon in the U.K. Cinema Rediscovered is a celebration of the finest new digital restorations, contemporary classics and film print rarities from across the globe. 15 early career and aspiring film critics took part in a full day workshop looking at the state of things for film criticism in the U.K. and beyond. They each produced a written or visual piece of criticism around the films in the program. Further examples of their work, as well as information about the program, can be found on the Cinema Rediscovered Blog.There is a moment in La chinoise where my dusty A-level French pricked up its ears: it was to the sound of a young student and co-ringleader of a commune of revolutionaries, Guillaume, using the passé simple tense
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The 50 best TV shows of 2016: No 10 Hypernormalisation

As our countdown of the year’s best TV continues, Adam Curtis’s dissection of ‘post-truth’ politics and the manipulation of global power made uncomfortable, provocative viewing – especially when it came to Colonel Gaddafi

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It’s difficult to know where to start with Adam Curtis’s latest film. At nearly three hours in length, HyperNormalisation contains a hyperabundance of images and ideas. There are montages of monster movies mixed with home video grabs and bits from BBC Breakfast. There are observations about the nature of reality, the limits of data and the dextrous nature of Jane Fonda’s career. It’s less a documentary than an experience.

Curtis knows where to start, of course. He always does. There’s always one moment, one telling event that will go on to assume central significance in an argument that encompasses the globe and decades of history.
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Project X: Laura Poitras homes in on the dark side of the internet

The director’s new short film descends on a brutalist New York building to sum up the unsettlingly intangible nature of the web

One of the great storytelling challenges of the 21st century has been describing the intangible phenomenon of the internet, especially in a visual medium such as film. Early websploitation movies like Hackers envisioned cyberspace as a kaleidoscopic theme park, while more recent dramas such as The Fifth Estate have imagined a Brazil-like world of interconnected but anonymous bodies. In this year’s HyperNormalisation, Adam Curtis joined the dots between the social isolation engendered on the web and the literal isolation of a remote algorithm farm.

Related: Laura Poitras: using art to illuminate a world that would rather remain unseen

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Weekly Rushes. Sofia Coppola Starts Shooting, Friedkin Witnesses Exorcism, Jia Zhangke's Noodle Restaurant

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NEWSSofia Coppola has begun shooting her remake of Don Siegel's cult favorite The Beguiled, a genre defying Gothic about a Civil War soldier who recovers from injuries in an all-girl school in an old mansion in the South.American distributors Kino Lorber have launched a Kickstarter to fund "a collection of landmark American films directed by women, digitally restored from archive film elements." There's 16 days and a little over $10,000 to go to meet their goal. Give a helping hand if you can!Wellsnet reports on the excruciating wait for Orson Welles' unfinished film The Other Side of the World, whose crazy legal and editing history was supposed to have been resolved by now.Chinese director Jia Zhangke has opened a noodle restaurant named after his last film, Mountains May Depart, in Shanxi Province's Fenyang, the hometown of Jia and the setting of so many of his great movies.
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Hypernormalisation: Adam Curtis plots a path from Syria to Trump, via Jane Fonda

The cult doc-maker explores the falsity of modern life in his own inimitable style. Just make sure you put enough time aside to watch it

I struggle to think a more perfect union of medium and message than HyperNormalisation, Adam Curtis’s new film for the BBC iPlayer. Though he’s spent the best part of four decades making television, Curtis’s signature blend of hypnotic archive footage, authoritative voiceover and a seemingly inexhaustible appetite for bizarre historical tangents is better suited to the web, a place just as resistant to the narrative handholding of broadcast TV as he is.

Related: Adam Curtis continues search for the hidden forces behind a century of chaos

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Adam Curtis continues search for the hidden forces behind a century of chaos

The documentary-maker’s new film, HyperNormalisation, continues his quest to look beyond the ‘fake world’ to the unseen powers that have steered modern history

In the midnight hours leading up to the first Us presidential debate, I sat up watching a rough cut of Adam Curtis’s new BBC documentary, HyperNormalisation, on my laptop. I thought – rightly – that the film would provide a suitable preface to Trump’s global horror show.

Like all Curtis’s documentary work, HyperNormalisation exists in a twilight between disturbing truth and restless dream. It charts an eccentric course through the choppier ideological currents of our times: the origins of Syrian apocalypse; the collapse of political middle grounds and the rise of nationalism; the meaning of Putin and Assad and the Donald himself.

Related: Adam Curtis argues TV needs 'new tools' to tell its stories

Politics has become a pantomime in that it creates anger rather than argument…
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