New reviews and notable screenings in this week’s issue.
A half-hearted defense of the pleasures of indefensible movies.
Jonathan Rosenbaum and Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa discuss Abbas Kiarostami’s first film to screen in Chicago since 2002.
New Yorker film critic David Denby knocked Taste of Cherry in 1998, recommends it in 2007, and continues to slight Alain Resnais.
“War President” is an image. It is not a textual statement or rhetorical argument. An image is like an empty room and any message that one reads in that room necessarily came in the baggage one carried when one walked in the door. If I made an image of George Washington composed of images of […]
This is the most accessible film to date by Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami, though some people have been mistakenly scared away by its subject matter: the enormous number of Ugandan children orphaned by the AIDS crisis. In fact, much of this 2001 digital-video documentary focuses on the kids singing and dancing–at times it resembles a […]