Tag Archives: independent directors

  • Balance (1989) - Christoph Lauenstein & Wolfgang Lauenstein

    One of those great short films that explore human nature, BALANCE is a classic Oscar winning animation from brothers Christoph and Wolfgang Lauenstein.

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  • High Maintenance (2006) - Philip Van

    Part sci-fi, part comedy and made in just a week, HIGH MAINTENANCE, a student short film by Phillip Van, won at Sundance and lots of other festivals, too.

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  • VICE -

    What do the stories of Dennis Rodman’s roadtrip to North Korea, the report from the Ukraine by Simon Ostrovsky, who was kidnapped and released in the process, and, more recently, THE ISLAMIC STATE documentary by freelancer Medyan Dairieh all have in common? In a word: Vice.

  • The Cooler (2003) - Wayne Kramer

      … “THE COOLER may sound as if it’s a dark sitcom, with broad characters and an easy payoff. But the movie, directed by first-timer Wayne Kramer and written by him with Frank Hannah, has a strange way of being broad and twisted at the same time, so that while we surf the surface of […]

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  • The Clock (2010) - Christian Marclay

    “Watching THE CLOCK, I found myself wondering if Mr. Marclay has a computer for a brain. (He had six assistants culling movies for time-related sequences but apparently did all the editing himself.) The sense of his mind at work, piecing everything together — thinking endlessly of time and timing, of sight and sound — is […]

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  • Gare du Nord (2013) - Claire Simon

    [French language] GARE DU NORD was originally conceived as a transmedia project by Les Films d’ici, including “… a feature film, interactive website, documentary and theater play …

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  • Are movies dead? -

    Citing the high quality of both this year’s Oscar nominees and the 2014 Sundance Film Festival line-up, Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir argues against current claims that we’ve entered the post-cinematic era.

  • Prisoner of the Mountains/Caucasus (1996) - Sergey Bodrov

    “Unlike the majority of American battle movies in recent years — movies that often treat real wars as huge video games fought by wise-cracking superheroes and bloodthirsty supervillains — Bodrov’s update of Tolstoy’s tale suggests that wars are simply fought, with sometimes hideous consequences, by men. (And, in this case, women and children.)” (Chicago Tribune)

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  • 56 Up (2012) - Michael Apted

    “In one of my several reviews of the ‘UP’ documentaries, I referred to the series as the noblest project in cinema history. I am older now and might refrain from such hyperbole. But we are all older now, and this series proves it in a most deeply moving way … You know the premise. In 1964, British TV produced a film titled “7 Up,” which focused on the lives, hopes and expectations of 14 children … Every seven years since then, the series has revisited as many of the original 14 who have agreed to continue to participate. Now here is the eighth film, ’56 UP’.” (Roger Ebert)

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