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Nymphomaniac: Anti-Cinema

Nymphomaniac, the new film from Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier, is very long (four hours), requires that you pay the price of two admissions to see it in its entirety, and is only moderately satisfying. Two admissions are nece...
 
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The Future: One of Many Under-Rated Films From 2011

Two thousand thirteen has so far been disappointing when it comes to avant-garde film. But there’s no reason to give up on the genre. In recent years there have been many challenging films that got little to no attention ...
 
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Upstream Color: Uninspiring Academic Exercise

I am generally a big fan of avant-garde cinema. But Shane Carruth’s “Upstream Color” is so abstract that it is more a collection of non sequiturs than a work of art that hangs together. Each sequence is oddly ...

 
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Spring Breakers: A Disaster

I never would have believed Harmony Korine capable of making a boring film. But lo and behold, his new film “Spring Breakers” is just that. Incredibly boring. It has almost no content, almost no script, laughable ac...
 
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Mister Lonely: Harmony Korine’s Magical Film from 2008

**Originally written May 2008** “Mister Lonely,” the new film from Harmony Korine, is cause for much rejoicing. American avant-garde cinema is still alive, and Mr. Korine is its new guiding spirit. He is the new Fed...
 
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This Must be the Place: Avant-Garde Mash-Up that Doesn’t Work

I’ll give Italy’s Paolo Sorrentino one thing: he’s got guts. He doesn’t care one iota about commercial success or popularity. All he cares about is bringing his artistic vision to the screen. With “...

 
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Certified Copy: Interesting Ideas, Underwhelming Delivery

I’m embarrassed to admit it, but “Certified Copy” is the first Abbas Kiarostami film I’ve seen. During the 1990s, when Kiarostami’s reputation was growing, I was not that focused on international h...
 
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Anatolia

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia: Dull

Film critic Molly Haskell famously described ‘The Godfather’ as “grandly mournful,” a beautifully apt description. ‘Once Upon a Time in Anatolia’ is just as mournful but without the grandeur ...
 
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Holy Motors: Best Avant-Garde Film of 2012

“Holy Motors,” from French filmmaker Leos Carax, is the best avant-garde film of 2012 so far (as of October 20, 2012). But that’s not saying much, as it’s been a terrible year for avant-garde film. Despi...

 
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Turin Horse: Why is the European Male Avant-Garde So Depressed as of Late?

It’s quite the season for ambitious but disappointing high-art cinema in New York. On the heels of Nuri Ceylan’s “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia” comes the NY release of the highly avant-garde “The T...