Max Goldberg

Occupational hazards

Punching in with a few SFIFF films set in the workplace

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The world Maclaine made

SF Cinematheque pays tribute to a Beat legend

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Fruits of labor

Behold, a new imperfect cinema

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Looking glass love

Abbas Kiarostami returns with a surreal take on Tuscan romance

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FILM Abbas Kiarostami's beguiling new feature signals "relationship movie" with every cobblestone step, but it's manifestly a film of ideas — one in which disillusionment is as much a formal concern as a dramatic one. Typical of Kiarostami's dialogic narratives, Certified Copy is both the name of the film and an entity within the film: a book written against the ideal of originality in art by James Miller (William Shimell), an English pedant fond of dissembling. After a lecture in Tuscany, he meets an apparent admirer (Juliette Binoche) in her antique shop. Read more »

Something wild

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, Apichatpong Weerasethakul's shape-shifting Palme d'Or winner, arrives

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Love comes in spurts

Talking with Gregg Araki about his eye-popping new film Kaboom

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Bye bye blackbird

Pedro Costa examines the inner workings of French singer Jeanne Balibar

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FILM During the course of writing this review, I will at some point be ensnared by a sentence, reworking its syntax and flow across many notebook pages. For some of us, this is what writing is. When we praise commanding literary performances as great writing, we're actually talking about reading. It's not surprising that film portraits of artists usually only give us a mime of their craft; biography and circumscribed performance are shields from the crooked time of the creative process.Read more »

Past imperfect

YEAR IN FILM: Digging through the year in archival footage

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YEAR IN FILM We're all media scavengers now, but archival sounds and images remain a tantalizing lure for both the documentary profile and its surrealistic double, the found footage film. The first repackages capsules of the past while the second hijacks them — different economies of exchange, to be sure, though perhaps less starkly contrasted to those accustomed to hyperlinking their way through the dustbin.Read more »

Fight club

Master documentarian Frederick Wiseman turns to the sweet science

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FILM Late in Boxing Gym, a pungent documentary even for Frederick Wiseman, an old-timer says something wise to his friend while lacing up. The friend doesn't see the point of analogies. Our man admits that some only work on an intellectual level, but insists that others make intuitive sense of abstraction — the right metaphor can make all the difference in getting a particular movement. It's hard to imagine that Wiseman would still be making his films if he didn't think the same held true for a motion picture sequence.Read more »

Darkest heart

Claire Denis' parable of postcolonial Africa

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