‘I Don’t Belong Anywhere’: The films of Chantal Akerman belong everywhere

Now playing in L.A.: Chantal Akerman's films are often described as feminist, queer, minimalist, and avant-garde — all terms that are accurate, but Akerman herself disdained any labels. She wanted to be called just “filmmaker,” so perhaps critic J. Hoberman had it right when he dubbed her “one of the greatest filmmakers of her generation.” Read more [...]

‘Clouds of Sils Maria’: Divas and superheroines in the Swiss Alps

Named one of the Top 10 films of 2015 by Film Comment: Clouds of Sils Maria felt perfectly timed for a year dominated by Star Wars and Marvel blockbusters — it's a French filmmaker's reflection on cinema in the age of superhero movies. But thankfully this is no rant along the lines of "Marvel is killing cinema!" Read more [...]

The return of ‘Mauvais Sang,’ the grooviest French movie you might never have heard of

DCP restoration now playing in L.A.: Leos Carax reminded the world of his talent with 2012's Holy Motors. This revival of 1986's Mauvais Sang — a compulsively watchable testament to young love, and the love of movies — shows why Carax was a name to reckon with back in his proverbial enfant terrible days. Read more [...]

L.A. Rep Cinema pick: ‘Jean-Luc Godard, French Revolutionary’ at the Aero Theatre

For any cineastes in L.A. suffering awards-season fatigue, relief is at hand: starting tonight and playing over the next two weeks, Santa Monica's Aero Theatre is running six double-features by Godard. You can't go wrong with any of these double bills — and to its credit, the series includes a couple of the master's later works from the '80s. Read more [...]

Before ‘Holy Motors’: Leos Carax’s grand romantic folly ‘Lovers on the Bridge’

As Leos Carax’s comeback film Holy Motors opens nationwide, a look back at his The Lovers on the Bridge: one of those seemingly accursed movies cherished by cinema history. The film is a delirious romantic vision and a boondoggle — it made Carax, and it broke him. Read more [...]