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Les Blank Hits Criterion: A Cultural Radical In Documentary Form

 

I’m not sure I’d think much about diving into the work of Les Blank if only given a plot synopsis. His films, including a plethora now available in a stunningly thorough Criterion set, take on the esoteric sides of America, from bluegrass musicians to the wonders of polka to the taste of Creole cooking. These […]

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The Film Stage’s Holiday Gift Guide

 

The holidays are in full swing, and this Christmas brings a good slate of options for cinephiles. We’ve compiled the best Blu-ray sets, books, albums, games, and more that are tailored to our tastes here at The Film Stage, and which we hope our readers will enjoy giving (or treating themselves to).

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Recommended Discs & Deals of the Week: Mel Brooks, ‘Tootsie,’ ‘Magic in the Moonlight,’ and More

 

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. If we were provided screener copies, we’ll have our own write-up, but if that’s not the case, one can find official descriptions from the distributors. Check out […]

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The Best Breakthrough Performances of 2014

 

After discussing the year’s breakthrough directors, it’s time to traverse to the other side of the camera, specifically to the actors.

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Todd Haynes Discusses ‘Safe,’ Letting Go of the Past, Working With Julianne Moore, and ‘Carol’

 

Todd Haynes‘ 1995 film, Safe, turned the high-life of San Fernando Valley into an absolute nightmare. Some would argue that’s not exactly a difficult task, but never before had perms and manicures been so frightening. The mundane life and home of “homemaker” Carol White (Juliane Moore) is a disease. When White confronts this illness her life, in some ways, […]

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New to Streaming: ‘Boyhood,’ ‘The Trip to Italy,’ ‘Calvary,’ ‘Kingdom of Dreams,’ and More

 

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming […]

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NYC Weekend Watch: ‘The Big Sleep,’ Robert Altman, ‘Scanners’ & More

 

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not […]

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The Best Directorial Debuts of 2014

 

While we discuss a breadth of films each year, few things give us more pleasure than the arrival of bold, new voices in the world of filmmaking. It’s why we venture to film festivals and pore over a variety of different features in order to bring to light emerging talent. This year was an especially notable time for new directors making their stamp and today we’re highlighted the fifteen debuts that most impressed us.

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10 Wide Releases in 2014 That Exceeded Expectations

 

Despite the output of hundreds of features per year, Hollywood’s slate of wide releases can often feel like a barren wasteland of retreaded material. While much of our year-end coverage will be focusing on the overlooked gems, today we’re kicking things off with the few wide releases that surprised us in these past twelve months.

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Recommended Discs & Deals of the Week: ‘Safe,’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘Frank,’ and More

 

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. If we were provided screener copies, we’ll have our own write-up, but if that’s not the case, one can find official descriptions from the distributors. Check out […]

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