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Essay: Revisiting the Coen Brothers’ 2013 ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’

Joel and Ethan Coen have been creating films for 30 years, dating back to their still-stunning, low-budget debut, neo-noir Blood Simple (1984); it premiered...

TIFF 2014: Three more notables, plus a lucky top 13

September 25, 2014
Jesse Hawthorne Ficks reports from the recent 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Previous installment here!Three films at this year's Toronto Film Film Festival achieved...

TIFF 2014: American standouts

September 24, 2014
Jesse Hawthorne Ficks reports from the recent 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Previous installment here!In high school, Hal Hartley was my first cinematic battle....

TIFF 2014: Foreign favorites, part two (Asia and beyond)

September 22, 2014
Jesse Hawthorne Ficks reports from the recent 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Previous installment here!Zhang Yimou's Ju Dou (1990) was an unofficial remake of...

TIFF 2014: Foreign favorites, part one

September 19, 2014
Jesse Hawthorne Ficks reports from the recent 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Previous installment here!** Working steadily for over 40 years, achieving more than...

TIFF 2014: Joshua Oppenheimer’s ‘The Look of Silence’

September 18, 2014
Jesse Hawthorne Ficks reports from the recent 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Previous installment here!News broke earlier this week that Joshua Oppenheimer — the...

Hockey! Drums! Pianos! And TRASHY MOVIES! Passions ruled TIFF 2014

September 17, 2014
Jesse Hawthorne Ficks reports from an epic Toronto International Film Festival. Read his first installment here.Despite notable entries like George Roy Hill's defining Slap...

Toronto International Film Festival report: in defense of the long, long movie

September 16, 2014
The unstoppable Jesse Hawthorne Ficks keeps his eyes open 24/7 through another Toronto International Film Festival, and lives to tell the tale (but shares no...

SFIFF 57: Strange love, Varda, Swedish grrrls, and more!

The 57th San Francisco International Film Festival runs through May 8; all the details are here. Guardian correspondent and confirmed film fest addict Jesse...

The spectacular docs of Sundance and Slamdance 2014

Hilla Medalia and Shosh Shlam's Web Junkie (Israel-China-US) is an eye-opening investigation into China's declared number-one threat against youth: internet addiction. The doc observes...

Slamdance Film Festival 2014 report!

Twenty years ago, a few filmmakers — including Dan Mirvish, Peter Baxter, and Paul Rachman — rented out a room in a Prospector Square...

Sundance, fin: more from the Native Forum

Running into Chris Eyre was easily one of the most exciting moments of this year's festival. Following his 1998 Audience Award-winning debut, Smoke Signals,...

Sundance, part 11: Celebrating the 20th annual Native Forum

The current second-generation movement of Native/Indigenous filmmakers took the spotlight at the Sundance Film Festival's celebration of the 20th anniversary of its annual Native...

Sundance part 10: Happy Valentine’s Day!

Four memorable movies about frisky females from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival1) Desiree Akhavan wrote, directed, and stars (with deadpan aplomb) in Appropriate Behavior...

Sundance, part nine: Foodies! Vampires! Kill! Kill!

Miss any earlier Sundance coverage? Scroll down right here on Pixel Vision.Blind (Norway/Netherlands) is the directorial debut of Eskil Vogt, screenwriter of Joachim Trier's...

Sundance, part eight: a quickie, for Leos Carax lovers

Tessa Louise-Salame's ode to France's punk-rock filmmaker Mr. leos caraX (France), or simply Mr. X,  traces his 30 year career while also showcasing Denis Lavant, who...

Sundance, part seven: What is a BABADOOK?

A quick tip for today's entry: make sure not to miss Jennifer Kent's hair-raising, toe-squinching, and all-around terrifying Australian horror film, The Babadook.The first...

Sundance, part six: superlatives

More Sundance right here on Pixel Vision.My biggest excitement of Sundance 2014 was the random email I received asking if I would be able...

Sundance, part five: Swanberg + Ross Perry

Missed a previous Sundance post? Check out Pixel Vision for more.Director and sometimes actor Joe Swanberg is a household name among South by Southwest...

Sundance, part four: indie heroes and genre flicks

Missed yesterday's Sundance installment? Right this way!In Ira Sachs' Love Is Strange (US), Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) — together for 39...

Sundance, part three: diamonds in the rough

Missed out on last week's Sundance glee? Part one here; part two here. Malik Vittal's Imperial Dreams (US) won the Audience Award in the NEXT...

Sundance, part two: Linklater love

My second year of attending the Sundance Film Festival was at the age of 15; it was 1991 and I took a chance on...

Sundance, part one: crowd-pleasers and dino heists

Check out Jesse's intro to his Sundance Film Festival series here.This year, there were few films that stood out as across-the-board crowd pleasers. Gareth...

I Was a Teenage Sundancer

I grew up at the Sundance Film Festival — beginning in 1990, when my father took my 14-year-old self to an archival screening of...