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Neely Gonidosky’s Behind the Bars, an Animated Short Film, Set for Release Monday, December 11, 2017

Behind the Bars is an animated short film by award-winning animator Neely Goniodsky, exploring the themes of racial oppression, prejudice, and the power of art to overcome and communicate one’s struggles to the world. Based on a poem by Edward Smyth Jones. … Continue reading

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L’avventura (1960). Reviewed by Film Matters Fall 2017 Editorial Board

L’avventura Criterion Blu-ray Review from Liza Palmer Contributors: Catherine Colson, Jamie Foley, JT Fritsch, Sean Gallagher, Danet Grabbe, Breanna Grim, Matthew Johnson, Garrett Neal, Cheyenne Puga, Austin Grey, Ethan Schneier, Anthony Wilson, and K. M. Wise.

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Groundhog Day: The Day Before Tomorrow. Reviewed by Luke Batten

“If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” –Steve Jobs Phil Connors (Bill Murray) brings a whole new meaning to this carpe diem sentiment in Groundhog Day (1993). Self-centred TV weatherman … Continue reading

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Pluralism as Penance: Pablo Larraín’s The Club. Reviewed by Stephen Borunda

Pablo Larraín’s unorthodox drama The Club (2015) centers on a company of dishonored parochial members that live just outside a small beach community named La Boca (The Mouth) in central Chile. While the setting of the film may be unfamiliar … Continue reading

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“Harv” Documentary to Screen at Greenwich Village Film Festival

Celebrating the Life of One of the Original “Mad Men” The Greenwich Village Film Festival will host the world premiere of the documentary, Harv on October 25, 2017. Shot during the final three months of Harvard Toback’s life, this touching … Continue reading

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To Choose in La La Land. Reviewed by Elham Shabani

How many times have we had to decide between two seemingly equal opportunities? Probably a great many! Such is the case with the life of the two main characters in the Oscar-winning musical La La Land. The movie was released … Continue reading

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The Dissolution of Naivety is the Dissolution of Transformation: Andrés Wood’s Machuca (2004). Reviewed by Stephen Borunda

“My poor, un-white thing! Weep not nor rage. I know, too well, that the curse of God lies heavy on you. Why? That is not for me to say, but be brave! Do your work in your lowly sphere, praying … Continue reading

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FM 8.1 (2017) Has Been Released!

Film Matters is pleased to usher in our volume 8 year with FM 8.1 (2017) — and with a fabulous cover! In this issue, you’ll find the following peer-reviewed feature articles: Rethinking Racialized Cinema: A Critical Examination of Representations of Afro-Brazilians in … Continue reading

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Announcing the Winner of the 2017 Film Matters Masoud Yazdani Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Film Scholarship

Film Matters is very pleased to announce the winner of the third annual Masoud Yazdani Award, Ouma Amadou, for her FM 7.3 (2016) article, “Constructing (Black) Girlhood: Americanization, Assimilation, and Ambivalence.” Ouma is a student at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she studies film. Her … Continue reading

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Call for Undergraduate Reviewers

Film Matters is seeking current undergraduate students to review a few Criterion releases for us.  The available items are listed below: Criterions (if a title has TAKEN by it, it has already been claimed): The Breaking Point Blu-ray (Curtiz, 1950) — TAKEN … Continue reading

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