Michael Atkinson

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  • Max Ophüls remains revered for his densely layered postwar sandcastles of love and irony, and as a result his international résumé through the Thirties is often overlooked -- if seen at all. This 1940 rarity, released in France...

  • 8 months ago | Film and TV

    Call it Stone Age materialism, but I still think movies are worth owning in physical forms you can hold, shelve, and collect, and therefore worth giving as gifts. Fuck the Cloud -- who knows when Hulu will get sold to Google or when Netflix decide...

  • Originally one of Canada's great formalist masters of squirrelly obsession, Atom Egoyan has lost his way since he appeared in the late '80s, hunting for relevance as his material and style have crept toward the lukewarm mainstream.

    In some...

  • 12 months ago | Film and TV

    What's fascinating, new and neglected across all major video platforms. Among other things, cinema has always been a ready-made self-eulogizer -- Hollywood was making two-reeler silent comedies about the craft of moviemaking before the viewing pub...

  • The grand old dirty pope of midnight-movie voodoo and post-'60s turn-on, drop-out mythopoeia returns with a vengeance, in his autumnal phase and with, surprise, a personal look backward at his own childhood. The Dance of Reality may be...

  • 1 year ago | Film Reviews

    The grand old dirty pope of midnight-movie voodoo and post-'60s turn-on, drop-out mythopoeia returns with a vengeance, in his autumnal phase and with, surprise, a personal look backward at his own childhood. The Dance of Reality may be Alejandro J...

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