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Review | 24 FRAMES

It's a personal shame of mine that I've taken so long to watch an Abbas Kiarostami film. Some of his movies are in my Fandor queue and I've read nothing but glowing recommendations from others. Blame the over-saturation of available media or blame my own procrastination and/or one-dimensional notions of what I should be excited to see - whatever the case, I was finally initiated into the Kiarostami-Verse by way of his final project, 24 Frames. In a strange way, the film, released after the death of the director, works as a sort of self-eulogy of sorts for both his career goals and visions of life. There's a strong sense of sadness that overwhelmed me most of the time, but never did I cry or wince. Always, I was transfixed an glued to the screen. Pure, without pity and with great purpose, the film lays bare complex thoughts and questions on cinema/art, existence/environment and the heavy indifference felt between.

24 Frames has been described as "experimental"…

The 2018 GNO Film Fete - Recommendation Roundup

While nothing can quite replace Timecode: NOLA, The GNO Film Fete (classic French for "festival") looks to fill the void by showcasing a diverse selection of locally conceived and produced short films. This year, the fete will take place at Chalmette Movies on Sunday, April 15th, and will run about 90 or so minutes of pure cinema. 

Review | THEY REMAIN

Truly "Lovecraftian" cinema - movies which express the tone and atmosphere of H.P. Lovecraft's cosmic horror work - can be difficult to find at their most effective and evocative. Unkown unknowns (things we don't know that we don't know) don't always fit well into a narrative story structure and telling a non-linear/abstract story isn't so simple.

A More Inclusive Cinema: Q&A w/ Michael Domangue of The Broad Theater & THE LANGUAGE OF SILENCE filmmakers Caterina Picone and Mary Kim Hoang

The American's with Disabilities Act (ADA) is supposed to guarantee that anyone can have reasonable access to most if not all places around town (among other important things). Unfortunately, movie theaters - home to the universal language that is cinema - haven't caught on completely. Sure, there are ramps and handicapped seating, but even those can be abused and paid lip service to. And what of enjoying the film itself? Are on-screen captions or descriptive audio devices easily requested?