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2011 Stories by Jim Hoberman

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  • Forest of Bliss

    published November 16, 2011

    Dir. Robert Gardner (1986). Gardner’s doc drops you off in Benares, skips the lecture, cranks the sound, and lets India (or rather an... More >>

  • Team America: World Police

    published November 16, 2011

    Dir. Trey Parker (2004). More audacious than any Pixar opus, this mock Bruckheimer action spectacle features a ridiculous cast of puppets... More >>

  • The Bicycle Thief/Bicycle Thieves

    published November 16, 2011

    Dir. Vittorio DeSica (1948). The most universally praised movie produced anywhere on planet earth during the first decade after World War II,... More >>

  • Being John Malkovich

    published November 16, 2011

    Dir. Spike Jonze (1999). Directed by Jonze from Charlie Kaufman’s highly original script, this prize head-scratcher invites all... More >>

  • "Tales From the Gimli Hospital: Reframed"

    published November 16, 2011

    Dir. Guy Maddin (1988). Maddin has “reframed” his first feature—a mock Nordic gothic about a smallpox epidemic in fin de siecle... More >>

  • Chac: The Rain God

    published November 16, 2011

    Dir. Rolando Klein (1974). An exceptionally beautiful neo-realist drama, shot by Chilean director Rolando Klein in the Mayan language, among the... More >>

  • Spring in a Small Town

    published November 16, 2011

    Dir. Tian Zhuangzhuang (2002). Zhuangzhuang’s most intimate movie is a poignant, exquisitely-crafted chamber drama of indefinable moods and... More >>

  • My Night at Maud's

    published November 16, 2011

    Dir. Eric Rohmer (1969). Ungratified desire functioned as a tangible absence, not unlike the negative space in a Franz Kline abstraction, in Eric... More >>

  • The Terrorizers

    published November 16, 2011

    Dir. Edward Yang (1986). The strongest of Yang’s early, Antonioni-esque studies of urban alienation in yuppie Taipei, shows the deadly... More >>

  • Sometimes a Great Notion

    published November 9, 2011

    Dir. Paul Newman (1971). Newman’s generally forgotten, self-directed vehicle vastly simplifies Ken Kesey’s novel is a New Hollywood... More >>

  • Happy Together

    published November 9, 2011

    Dir. Wong Kar-wai (1997). As romantic as it is fragmented, Kar-wai’s exotic adventure is both bravura love story and an attitudinous buddy... More >>

  • The Angel Levine

    published November 9, 2011

    Dir. Jan Kadar (1970). Bill Gunn’s adaptation hones the edge of Bernard Malamud’s melancholy parable about race relations in... More >>

  • Bye Bye Braverman

    published November 9, 2011

    Dir. Sidney Lumet (1968). Lovingly adapted from Wallace Markfield’s novel, Lumet’s comedy details the adventures of four Jewish... More >>

  • "Performa: Jonas Mekas's Fluxus Cabaret"

    published November 9, 2011

    Dir. Jonas Mekas (2011). Drawing on his personal archives, Mekas has assembled a Fluxus vaudeville starring Yoko Ono, Joseph Beuys, and the late... More >>

  • Arabian Nights

    published November 9, 2011

    Dir. John Rawlins (1942). The first of six exotic vehicles Maria Montez made for Universal, Arabian Nights is a mix of low comic hijinks and total... More >>

  • Mikey and Nicky

    published November 9, 2011

    Dir. Elaine May (1976). The greatest film John Cassavetes never made features the man himself, along with sidekick Peter Falk, as a two-bit... More >>

  • Leningrad Cowboys Go America

    published November 9, 2011

    Dir. Aki Käurismaki (1989). Played by the Finnish ensemble Sleepy Sleepers, the “worst rock n roll band in the world” tours the... More >>

  • Deep Hearts

    published November 9, 2011

    Dir. Robert Gardner (1981). The most expressionistic ethnographic film I’ve ever seen, Robert Gardner’s exquisitely shot feature... More >>

  • 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her

    published November 9, 2011

    Dir. Jean-Luc Godard (1966). Godard’s color and ‘scope Pop Art quasi-documentary essay on Paris and prostitution—the movie that... More >>

  • Richard Pryor: Live in Concert

    published November 2, 2011

    Dir. Jeff Margolis (1979). The greatest com-doc ever captures America’s greatest stand-up performer at the height of his taboo-breaking... More >>

  • The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover

    published November 2, 2011

    Dir. Larry Cohen (1977). Cohen’s hip and scurrilous docudrama is the best tabloid history made in Hollywood since they ran Sam Fuller out.... More >>

  • Letter From An Unknown Woman

    published November 2, 2011

    Dir. Max Ophuls (1948). Adapting a story by Stefan Zweig, Ophuls created a heartbreaking tale of unrequited love in which the narrative is as... More >>

  • Man's Castle

    published November 2, 2011

    Dir. Frank Borzage (1933). Tough young Spencer Tracy shacks up with Loretta Young's teenage drifter in a Manhattan... More >>

  • I Love You, Alice B. Toklas!

    published November 2, 2011

    Dir. Hy Averback (1968). Peter Sellers plays an uptight LA lawyer who leaves his bride standing under the chuppa and takes up with a... More >>

  • The Driver

    published November 2, 2011

    Dir. Walter Hill (1979). The DNA for the current hit Drive can be found in this stripped-down crime thriller starring Ryan... More >>

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