The Decade After The Decade Before: Merrily We Go to HellBy Sarahjane Blum
One of the most famous misnomers in American cultural history, pre-code has the same romantic character as pre-dawn. When sound revolutionized the film industry in 1929, the pro-censorship forces that had been working ad-hoc on state-by-state bases recognized that their jobs were about to get much harder.
Hausu PartyBy David Wilentz
Nobuhiko Obayashis Hausu (1977) is one of the most coveted cult films to emerge from the fantastic realm of Asian cinema.
Inept, Righteous, and Extremely ProlificBy Malcolm Wyer
Atom Egoyans ambitious eleventh feature Adoration plays like a retrospective of the directors three decades of film work.
The 2009 Tribeca Film FestivalBy Oren Shai
Eighty-five feature films made this years edition of the Tribeca Film Festival leaner then ever.
Without You, Im No ThingBy Lisa Moricoli-Latham
What burns in the heart of a woman? Interviewed by the Rail about her film Sita Sings the Blues, an update on Valmikis traditional Indian epic the Ramayana, Nina Paley answers, Feelings, man. They burn your ass.
Of Trees and NeighborsBy Lu Chen
With its central image, Lemon Tree evokes the roots of a nation: its soil, its rural heritage, its ancestors and the connection between its past and future.
DAZED AND ABUSED: THE HIGH SCHOOL EXPERIENCE AS INSTITUTIONAL HELLBy Tim Bracy and Elizabeth Nelson
Legend has it that the 1984 faux-documentary This is Spinal Tap rendered the experience of a touring rock band so effectively that many audiences believed it to be 100% factual.