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2011 Stories by Jim Hoberman

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  • Melancholia

    published December 28, 2011

    Dir. Lars von Trier (2011). Melancholia's first five minutes are like a formal invitation to the end of the world; the next two hours allow... More >>

  • Miss Bala

    published December 28, 2011

    Dir. Gerardo Naranjo (2011). An aspiring beauty queen becomes an unwitting pawn in the international drug trade, as well as a metaphor for her... More >>

  • Margin Call

    published December 28, 2011

    Dir. J.C. Chandor (2011). Relive the financial collapse of ’08 from the perspective of a Lehman Brothers-type investment bank. The action... More >>

  • Wagon Master

    published December 28, 2011

    Dir. John Ford (1950). Ford took a break from cavalry westerns to direct this lively wild west show pageant in which good-natured roughnecks Ben... More >>

  • Joyful Laughter

    published December 28, 2011

    Dir. Mario Monicelli (1960). Also known as The Passionate Thief, this one-night mel0drama stars volcanic diva Anna Magnani, the young Ben... More >>

  • Explorers

    published December 28, 2011

    Dir. Joe Dante (1985). It’s junk food Jung from the great Spielberg satirist of the ‘80s. Dante’s “mother ship” is... More >>

  • A Trip to the Moon & Other Shorts

    published December 28, 2011

    Dir. Georges Méliès (1902). A beautifully restored print of the great pioneer’s blockbuster—the Star Wars of... More >>

  • Barry Lyndon

    published December 28, 2011

    Dir. Stanley Kubrick (1975). The loveliest of Kubrick films—indeed, the lone Kubrick movie to invite that adjective—visualizes the... More >>

  • Greed

    published December 28, 2011

    Dir. Eric von Stroheim (1924). Reedited by Irving Thalberg, Stroheim’s singular exercise in American naturalism is Hollywood’s... More >>

  • Laura

    published December 28, 2011

    Dir. Otto Preminger (1944). Beloved by second-generation surrealists as a time-liquidating dream narrative of l’amour fou,... More >>

  • Bastards of Utopia

    published December 21, 2011

    Dir. Pacho Velez (2010). More reportage than documentary, this highly personal account of three young Croatian activists searching for a viable,... More >>

  • Lola Montés

    published December 21, 2011

    Dir. Max Ophüls (1955). One of the great causes célèbres of auteurist film criticism, Ophüls’ ironic... More >>

  • Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno

    published December 21, 2011

    Dir. Serge Bromberg and Ruxandra Medrea, 2009). The title has a double meaning: H.G. Clouzot attempted to make the ultimate ’60s flick,... More >>

  • Jurassic Park

    published December 21, 2011

    Dir. Steven Spielberg (1994). Prehistoric past and digital future collide in Spielberg’s enormously accomplished dinosaur thriller—a... More >>

  • La Dolce Vita

    published December 21, 2011

    Dir. Federico Fellini (1960). The sensation of 1960 and most notorious of Fellini films—evocation of jet-set decadence, source of the term... More >>

  • The Cameraman

    published December 21, 2011

    Dir. Edward Sedgwick (1928). Playing a newsreel cameraman, Buster Keaton reflects on his lost independence in this, the first film that he would... More >>

  • The Gold Rush

    published December 21, 2011

    Dir. Charles Chaplin (1925). Including the dancing rolls, the human turkey, and the New Year’s Eve party where no one comes, this is the... More >>

  • Pina

    published December 21, 2011

    Dir. Wim Wenders (2011). The great German choreographer’s dances are recreated in depth—thanks to this straightforward, loving 3D... More >>

  • Spirited Away

    published December 21, 2011

    Dir. Hayao Miyazaki (2001). One nutty fruitcake, Miyazaki’s Mononoke follow-up is an Alice in Wonderland story in which a... More >>

  • Princess Mononoke

    published December 21, 2011

    Dir. Hayao Miyazaki (1997). A complex, superbly rendered, and wildly eccentric anime—even by Miyazaki’s own standards, this epic folk... More >>

  • Love and Death on Long Island

    published December 14, 2011

    Dir. Richard Kwietniowski (1997) This witty riff on Death in Venice (adapted from a novel by film critic Gilbert Adair) features... More >>

  • Chandu the Magician

    published December 14, 2011

    Dir. William Cameron Menzies (1932). Adapted from a popular radio show (and featuring Bela Lugosi as its villain), is Orientalist hocus-pocus at... More >>

  • Quai des Orfevres

    published December 14, 2011

    Dir. Henri-Georges Clouzot (1947). Backstage policier? Musical noir? Virtually unknown here, this 1947 hardboiled entertainment by French... More >>

  • La Commune

    published December 14, 2011

    Dir. Peter Watkins (2001). Dynamic historical reconstruction in the form of an experimental documentary, Watkins’ six-hour masterpiece is... More >>

  • L'amour fou

    published December 14, 2011

    Dir. Jacques Rivette (1969). The ultimate break-up film, L’amour fou is a convulsive, verité style fiction in which... More >>

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