BY BRIAN BELAK Alain Resnais’ 1984 film Love Unto Death, showing at Doc Films at the University of Chicago as part of a career retrospective for the late French filmmaker, features a title that reveals the film’s plot rather plainly. This is a love story between a man and a woman, Simon Roche and Elisabeth(…)
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What makes a good sequel? When Pixar Studios produced Toy Story 2, showing at Doc Films at the University of Chicago on April 18, they provided what is one of the better answers to this question in film to date. Originally conceived as a direct-to-video sequel to Pixar’s smash-hit Toy Story (1995) (and possibly related(…)
In Nicolas Roeg’s 1971 film Walkabout, showing at Doc Films at the University of Chicago on April 7, a white teenaged girl and her younger brother are stranded in the Australian desert and must make their way back to civilization, meeting an Aborigine boy who helps them on their way. But that’s not nearly what(…)
When George Cukor’s 1938 film “Holiday” hit theaters in the midst of the Great Depression it did rather poorly — and it’s easy to see why. By BRIAN BELAK.
Though it remains clearly influenced by the ghost of Hitchcock, Brian De Palma’s 1984 film “Body Double” falls flat. By BRIAN BELAK.
Tim Burton’s 1994 film Ed Wood plays like a cult film by — and for — members of the cult of bad cinema. By BRIAN BELAK.
Director Kleber Mendonça Filho’s 2012 film “Neighboring Sounds” offers an intimate character study set in middle class Brazil. By BRIAN BELAK.
“City of the world (for all races are here) City of tall facades of marble and iron, Proud and passionate city.” These lines, excerpted from the Walt Whitman poem “City of Ships,” open the 1921 avant-garde film Manhatta, showing at Doc Films on Wednesday, August 21, as part of a collection of “city symphonies.” In(…)
The story is pretty familiar to anyone who paid attention to the news four years ago, especially if you were in California at the time. On January 1, 2009, after a night of celebrating the new year in San Francisco, 22-year-old Oscar Grant was shot and killed by a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer(…)
By Brian Belak It’s arguably the most important development of the last decade, though probably not for furthering the development of society, but for stunting it. It is the cute cat video, the great time-waster of the Internet, holding millions of users hostage on Youtube as they choose one more meow over whatever work they(…)