Anna Karina and the American Night
by Michael Atkinson
Establishing shots, slow dissolves, and other small particulars may be what we remember—and love—most about the movies.
On the Road
by Chuck Klosterman
In road movies, we’re either going somewhere slow or nowhere fast.
Humor Doesn’t Translate Internationally
by Rolf Potts
Classic B movies were campy and self-conscious. To sell in global markets, the cheap knockoff films of today must be resolutely self-serious.
The Vanishing and American Sociopathy
by Jim Shepard
Understanding America’s murderous foreign policy by way of a late-’80s killer-next-door Dutch buddy-thriller.
interviewed by Robert Polito
First the director utilizes genre, then he pries it open.
in conversation with Errol Morris
“If everything was planned, it would be dreadful. If everything was unplanned, it would be equally dreadful.”
interviewed by Ross Simonini
On using the View-Master—that old binocular and paper disk toy—to make movie experiences that are a little like synchronized swimming.
Notes on The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema
by Jason McBride
A DVD of which film, directed by Sophie Fiennes, is included with the print edition of this issue.
by Larry Doyle
The Right Man
by Devin McKinney
Opera Jawa: The Discovery of a Secret Indonesian Musical Masterpiece
by R. Emmet Sweeney
Stuff I’ve Been Watching
by Nick Hornby
Players: A View Into the Paper Prisons That Cage Actors
by Helen DeWitt
The actual text of an actual contract read aloud by an actual player. In a diner.
The Hollywood Happy Meal
by Erik Lundegaard
Are the top ten best-selling films at the box office from fifty years ago more culturally nutritious than this week’s top ten? Let’s see.
Yeggs, Grifters, And Patsies: A ’30s Film Bestiary
by D. Cairns and B. Kite
Creative Accounting: Independent Feature Film
by Darren Franich
Schema: Schrader’s Secret Collection
by David Weisman