Crowdfund This: Hal Hartley's HENRY FOOL TRILOGY Boxset

Good news for fans of the three Henry Fool films: now that their director Hal Hartley has reclaimed the rights to the first of these ("at long last and with considerable drama", as he himself says), it will be released...

Review: THE BIG SICK Skillfully Tackles Weighty Themes With a Light Comic Touch

Whenever The Simpsons offered moments of unexpectedly touching sweetness, the writers would refer to these moments as "Jimmys", as in, showrunner James L. Brooks, who enjoyed providing the family with bouts of humanity. Walking the line of comedy and drama...

Interview: Listen to Music On Screen - DA Pennebaker and the 50th Anniversaries of DON'T LOOK BACK and MONTEREY POP

It’s safe to say that this Music On Screen podcast wouldn't exist if not for DA Pennebaker. I’m not even sure if music documentaries or the “rockumentary”, at least as we know the genre today, would exist if not for...

Interview: Listen to Music On Screen - Author Dennis McNally, Archivist David Lemieux, and Director Amir Bar-Lev on LONG STRANGE TRIP

Throughout this trilogy of podcast episodes, I’ve spoken about musical sources and the faraway fruits of their trajectories via music documentaries. In the first installment, Rumble spoke to the varying multi-cultural influences on roots music at the turn of the...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Explores Clowes and Zwigoff's GHOST WORLD

It’s often difficult to review Criterion releases, because it tends to involve putting into words your feelings about your ‘favorite movie’. This term, when spoken by me, doesn’t hold much weight among my friends, more so, groans and eye rolls...

Mammoth Lakes 2017 Interview: John Sayles Celebrates BABY IT'S YOU

In its third year, the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival has already garnered a rapidly growing reputation for stellar programming and special ceremonies awarding wonderful guests with some ever-welcome due. Last year, Mammoth Lakes brought Joe Dante to the town near...

Screen Anarchists On ALIEN: COVENANT

("And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?" The Second Coming, 1919 - W. B. Yeats) Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant has arrived in cinemas, and a strange film it is indeed....

Hot Docs 2017 Interview: Listen to Music On Screen - Tony Palmer on The Beatles, Leonard Cohen, Frank Zappa, Stanley Kubrick and More

Tony Palmer told this story far better than I ever could when he was introducing his TV works, All My Loving and All You Need is Love (Episode 14), at the 2017 Hot Docs Film Festival, but I’m going to...

Hot Docs 2017 Interview: Listen to Music On Screen - RUMBLE, A STORY OF SAHEL SOUNDS, RAISE YOUR ARMS AND TWIST

Today marks a special episode of the podcast formerly known as Music on Film. Firstly, because I'm changing the name to “Music On Screen”, to acknowledge the growing importance of more forms of media than just film itself. Secondly, whereas...

Hot Docs 2017 Interview: Jeff Malmberg Talks SPETTACOLO

It goes without saying that a chief purpose of art, if nothing else, consists of the catharsis of its creator(s). The aesthetic realm is where artists sort out their innermost conflicts and dreams, melding them into a form of expression...

Hot Docs 2017 Curtain Raiser: A Deep Dive Into Toronto's Super-Sized Documentary Festival

North America's premiere documentary film festival kicks off in a few days in Toronto for its 24th edition. As is the norm, it features a daunting number of titles for lovers of standard, and not so standard, non-fiction cinema.  ...

Music On Film: Mick Rock and Director Barnaby Clay Talk SHOT! THE PSYCHO-SPIRITUAL MANTRA OF ROCK

Many refer to photographer Mick Rock by his modern media tag, ‘the man who shot the 70s’. It would be easy for the sharp-eyed artist, who was long ago taken under the wings of modern heroes like Syd Barrett, David...

Review: WILSON, Wonderful Hilarity From Painful Darkness

Ever since Wilson’s father passed away, he’s been feeling more lost than usual. The strangers he attempts to befriend, scene after scene, are no consolation as most people are suspicious of talkative types who behave too friendly too quickly. It’s...

SXSW 2017 Interview: Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon Relive THE BIG SICK

Every couple has their meeting anecdote to tell at dinner parties and hopefully to their grandchildren years down the line, but few, if any, will top screenwriters, Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon's. It is often asked of married people,...

SXSW 2017 Review: Three Dystopian Narcissists and an INFINITY BABY

In the not too distant future of Infinity Baby, stem cell research has caused a freak side effect wherein a certain breed of newborns will not age, rather they'll stay babies for their entire lives. Society has deemed them "infinity...

SXSW 2017 Review: DAVID LYNCH - THE ART LIFE Sheds Light on Darkness

David Lynch is one of the great mysteries in the filmmaking world. His films are meticulously constructed enigmas, which require the same type of open minded approach to understanding as it likely takes Lynch himself to paint with images. His...

SXSW 2017 Review: Triumph of THE DISASTER ARTIST

I think we were all pretty skeptical upon hearing the announcement that James Franco would be bringing the story of the making of Tommy Wiseau's The Room to the big screen over three years ago; at least those of us...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Packages Love and Time in Linklater's BEFORE TRILOGY

The years shall run like rabbits… -W.H. Auden  From the start, before Richard Linklater conducted his grand experiment on the nature of time - Boyhood - he was out to capture the great container of all experience: time - good...

Interview: THE RUNNING MAN Writer Steven E. de Souza on Living in the Future of 1987

One of the great modern thrills unique to being an aging science fiction fan is the rare privilege of living in a beloved film’s supposed dystopian future, ie the arbitrary years in which they’re set. Some faux-futures have come sooner...

Sundance 2017: Music On Film, A LONG STRANGE TRIP with Bob Weir, Steve Parish, Trixie Garcia and Director Amir Bar-Lev

Three episodes into this series, I’m confronted with the greatest example of why I’m in this genre of Music on Film. The film I am speaking about is a dream topic for me and entirely emblematic of my stock in...