Michael Atkinson

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  • 26 days ago | Film Reviews

    On the fringes of movieland, there have always been filmmakers who identify (in G√ľnter Eich's phrase) as being sand, not oil, in the gears of the world. Aleksei German, dead in 2013 at 74, could be thought of as this tribe's most extreme rock star...

  • It seemed for years that Aleksei German's final work, Hard to Be a God, was a movie the gods didn't want to see finished. Six years in production, eight in post-, still being tweaked when German died, the film might be the most defiant...

  • 3 months ago | Film Reviews

    Always an eagle-eyed portraitist of contemporary Italy and its socioeconomic peccadilloes, Gianni Amelio hasn't had a film released stateside in more than 15 years, and Intrepido: A Lonely Hero -- a strange, gentle, whimsically formulated c...

  • Always an eagle-eyed portraitist of contemporary Italy and its socioeconomic peccadilloes, Gianni Amelio hasn't had a film released here in over fifteen years, and this strange, gentle, whimsically formulated concoction may give us a clue as to...

  • Another gray-panther valediction: At 82, John Boorman caps off his unpredictably schizo career with this sequel to 1987's all-this-and-WWII boyhood memoir Hope and Glory, continuing the spry Brit's semi-autobiography into the Fifties. More...

  • 6 months ago | Film and TV

    In the olden days, what month it was never mattered to movies. But today the late-winter months are well known as a weedy boneyard of mouth-breathing Hollywood castoffs, and we explore it at the cost of our patience, time, shekels, and optimism. F...

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