Melissa Anderson

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  • 2 months ago | Film Reviews

    New York has often been the setting for films about heroin addicts, with titles ranging from Shirley Clarke’s cinéma-vérité-tweaking The Connection (1961) to Slava Tsukerman’s new-wave cult classic Liquid Sky (1982) mining the drama of smack freak...

  • New York has often been the setting for films about heroin addicts, with titles ranging from Shirley Clarke's cinéma-vérité-tweaking The Connection (1961) to Slava Tsukerman's new-wave cult classic Liquid Sky...

  • Antagonism, aggression, and the apocalypse prove to be potent stimulants in Thomas Cailley's winning first feature, Love at First Fight. (The original French title, Les Combattants -- "The Fighters" -- avoids the dopey pun that...

  • 4 months ago | Film Reviews

    Austrian writer-director Jessica Hausner has an unerring talent for examining, skeptically but never cynically, grand notions about destiny: What we perceive as — or have convinced ourselves to be — the workings of fate, whether religious or roman...

  • Austrian writer-director Jessica Hausner has an unerring talent for examining, skeptically but never cynically, grand notions about destiny: What we perceive as -- or have convinced ourselves to be -- the workings of fate, whether religious or...

  • For more than two decades, Alain Guiraudie has been unrivaled in depicting desires that upend convention, whether homo or hetero. Guiraudie's most sexually explicit and narratively taut work, Stranger by the Lake — which won the Best...

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