Today Is Record Store Day 2017: Please don’t steal ‘les disques’

In honor of Record Store Day 2017: You can't always get what you want, and you can't make a cool prop out of an MP3. The appearance of the Rolling Stones' 1969 album Let It Bleed in Jacques Rivette's 1971 opus OUT 1 is one more detail adding to the movie's authentic sense of period. Read more [...]

A big devil’s-horns sign of appreciation for Iceland’s ‘Metalhead’

Can a movie inspire head-banging? The too-little-known Icelandic import Metalhead blows away the cliches of movies about music with a deeply felt coming-of-age story — and some inspired wailing on the guitar. Read more [...]

‘Christiane F.’: How the story of teenage junkies in West Berlin became a phenomenon

Screening at the L.A. Goethe-Institut on Wed., Sept. 16, 2015: At one point Christiane F. was the highest-grossing native film in West Germany, which is astonishing when you consider how dark it is. The movie features a soundtrack of Berlin-era David Bowie songs, and Bowie himself in concert. Read more [...]

‘Valerie and Her Week of Wonders’: what a phantasmagoria looks like

Finally out on a worthy Region 1 release: The 1970 Czech film Valerie and Her Week of Wonders offers an overload of stimuli. It's a surrealist take on a Gothic novel, filmed in a quasi-psychedelic style, with a "freak folk" score. Horror-fantasy has never looked or sounded so enchanting. Read more [...]