By Laurent Lafrance, 22 August 2015
The fifth feature film by Quebecois director Xavier Dolan, only 25 years of age, won numerous awards in 2014 and 2015.
By Nick Barrickman, 21 August 2015
While avoiding many of the more overt expressions of self-absorption, many of the Oddisee’s attempts to reflect reality remain purely on an individual and superficial plane.
By David Walsh, 14 August 2015
Allen’s latest film focuses on controversial philosophy professor Abe Lucas who arrives at fictional, liberal arts Braylin College in Newport, Rhode Island to teach a summer course.
By Joanne Laurier, 12 August 2015
Asif Kapadia’s documentary is a straightforward and compelling account of the performer’s life starting at the age of fourteen.
By Sandy English, 3 August 2015
Harper Lee’s early draft of a novel, Go Set a Watchman, has sold over a million copies in the United States since its release two weeks ago.
By David Walsh, 1 August 2015
In Apatow’s Trainwreck, Amy Schumer, the stand-up comic and writer, is the psychological mess of the title.
By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 28 July 2015
Turner Classic Movies, the US cable and satellite television network, presented Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity (1944) at selected theaters on July 19 and 20.
By Hiram Lee, 23 July 2015
An exhibition at Berlin’s Martin-Gropius-Bau pays tribute to German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder on the seventieth anniversary of his birth.
By Zac Corrigan, 20 July 2015
Fairey was arrested less than two months after completing a mural in Detroit, commissioned by billionaire Dan Gilbert.
By Christine Schofelt and David Walsh, 17 July 2015
Making a direct appeal to debt-ridden youth and branding itself as “anti-corporate,” Mr. Robot raises many issues. But how does it deal with them?
By Seraphine Collins, 16 July 2015
Acclaimed American photographer Mary Ellen Mark recently died, leaving behind an extensive and thought-provoking body of work.
By David Walsh, 13 July 2015
The two films, Manglehorn, directed by David Gordon Green, and The Cobbler, directed by Tom McCarthy, both fall into the independent drama, or comedy-drama category.
By Ed Hightower, 11 July 2015
In the third season of the series about a fictional woman’s correctional facility, based on Piper Kerman’s memoir, privatization comes to Litchfield prison.
By David Walsh, 8 July 2015
A number of the independent filmmakers of the 1990s and early 2000s have found their way, like Alan Taylor, to one or another blockbuster franchise.
By Christine Schofelt, 6 July 2015
American Odyssey, cancelled after the first season, exhibited some good intentions, but ultimately familiar confusion.
By Kevin Reed, 4 July 2015
Created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, the series follows the ups and downs of six young men who live together in a Silicon Valley “business startup incubator.”
By Joanne Laurier, 3 July 2015
The Wolfpack is a documentary about seven children who were locked away for many years in an apartment in a public housing project in Manhattan.
By Fred Mazelis, 2 July 2015
H. Lawrence Freeman (1869-1954) was active as a composer, conductor and teacher, but his work was rarely performed during his lifetime.
By Richard Phillips, 29 June 2015
Indian director Satyajit Ray’s cinematic masterwork, The Apu Trilogy has been meticulously restored by Janus Films and is currently screening in North American cinemas.
By Sandy English, 25 June 2015
The new collection makes certain telling observations about the experiences of American Marines and others who invaded and occupied Iraq.
By David Walsh, 24 June 2015
The film was made during a run of Taymor’s version of Shakespeare’s play at the Theatre for a New Audience in Brooklyn in 2013-14.
By Christine Schofelt, 23 June 2015
Though largely formulaic, the film is not without its charms and touches on some interesting questions—albeit lightly.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 20 June 2015
Fifty-one-year-old Thierry, who has lost his job in a factory closure, urgently tries to find work since his unemployment benefit will soon run out.
By Christine Schofelt, 17 June 2015
Riddled with generational stereotypes, While We’re Young pleads the case against intellectual honesty in favor of “personal fulfillment.”
By David Walsh, 13 June 2015
The University of Michigan’s library is the home of the largest assortment of Orson Welles archival papers and documents in the world.
By Joanne Laurier, 12 June 2015
Set in rural England in the 1870s, Far from the Madding Crowd is the story of a free-spirited young woman who attracts three suitors of diverse social and psychological make-up.
By Fred Mazelis, 8 June 2015
The latest show juxtaposes the famous 1941 paintings with photography, writing, music and other work of this period.
By Clare Hurley, 6 June 2015
Wiley copies European Old Masters paintings, substituting African Americans in contemporary garb in the poses of aristocrats and other wealthy figures of power and privilege.
By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 5 June 2015
May 6 marked 100 years since the birth of Orson Welles, one of the most remarkable figures in American film and theater in the twentieth century. This is the second part of two.
By Zac Corrigan, 3 June 2015
The garish work adorns the north face of the One Campus Martius office building, headquarters of Quicken Loans, the financial company chaired by billionaire Dan Gilbert.
By Nick Barrickman, 1 June 2015
Despite the album’s billing as socially conscious “political rap” by certain critics, the focus of To Pimp ... is largely on the rapper himself and his personal experiences in the music world.
By Christine Schofelt, 30 May 2015
Any attempt at building a thoughtful story has been abandoned in favor of a special effects bonanza, leaving one to ask: Where is this heading?
By Dorota Niemitz, 20 May 2015
Ex Machina is an elegant and thought-provoking science fiction thriller that considers the future of humanity in relation to the rapid developments in computer science technology.
By David Walsh, 19 May 2015
The news that the DIA had been considering earlier this year selling an 1886 still life by Vincent van Gogh produced headlines and generated concern last week.
By J. Cooper, 18 May 2015
Artwork, particularly 20th century and contemporary art, now functions as another commodity for the financial aristocracy to invest and speculate in.
Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal’s Zero Dark Thirty
By David Walsh, 15 May 2015
We now know, thanks to Seymour Hersh and his article in the London Review of Books, that, along with everything else, the Bigelow-Boal film was a pack of lies from beginning to end.
By Robert Fowler, 14 May 2015
Written around 1630, the play, set in Parma, Italy, has an incestuous relationship at its center.
And a roundtable interview with writer-director Andrew Niccol and actor Ethan Hawke
By David Walsh, 13 May 2015
New Zealand-born writer-director Andrew Niccol has taken on the subject of drone warfare in Good Kill, featuring Ethan Hawke, Bruce Greenwood, Zoë Kravitz and January Jones.
By Lee Parsons, 8 May 2015
Rapacious art speculators in the 1980s took a particular interest in Basquiat, who was well suited and, sadly, willing to play the part of the latest darling of the art world elite.
By David Walsh, 6 May 2015
Salgado is perhaps best known for his photos of people in impoverished regions and his pictures taken amid various social disasters, especially in Ethiopia and Rwanda.
By David Walsh, 29 April 2015
The film is a fictional rendering of the successful legal efforts, undertaken by Maria Altmann, to regain possession of several Gustav Klimt paintings stolen or coerced from her family.
By Sybille Fuchs, Wolfgang Weber and Peter Schwarz, 25 April 2015
Günter Grass, who died at the age of 87 on April 13, was one of Germany’s most outstanding storytellers and a man who remained true to his political principles throughout his life.
“Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit,” at the Detroit Institute of Arts
By Tim Rivers and David Walsh, 21 April 2015
Along with much fascinating material, the current exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts on the 11 months the famed Mexican artists spent in the city has some very troubling and wrongheaded aspects.
By Peter Schwarz, 14 April 2015
Grass was one of the most important German writers of the 20th century and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1999.
By Isaac Finn, 14 April 2015
Josef Švejk is a Czech soldier who makes himself appear a fool to get around his superiors and fights a peculiar and hilarious war of attrition against the difficult circumstances he finds himself in.
By David Walsh, 11 April 2015
Michael Almereyda, who previously directed a version of Hamlet starring Ethan Hawke, has turned to one of Shakespeare’s lesser known plays, with intelligent results.
FICUNAM 2015: Part 5
6 April 2015
WSWS arts editor David Walsh participated in a panel at the FICUNAM film festival on “Politics and Film Criticism,” hosted by film critic Roger Koza and including Cristina Nord, from Die Tageszeitung in Germany.
By Fred Mazelis, 3 April 2015
The Grey Art Gallery show presents the work of dozens of American artists who were radicalized in the period of the Depression, revolutionary struggle, the rise of fascism and the looming threat of world war.
By Sibylle Fuchs and Verena Nees, 31 March 2015
“VKhUTEMAS: A Russian Laboratory of Modernity—Architectural Designs 1920-1930,” at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, December 5, 2014 to April 6, 2015.
FICUNAM 2015: Part 4
By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 28 March 2015
One of the genuine contributions of the recent FICUNAM film festival in Mexico City was its presentation of the works of veteran film director Ali Khamraev.
28 March 2015
Filmmaker Ali Khamraev explains the difficulties surrounding the making of his remarkable film I Remember You in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
FICUNAM 2015: Part 3
By David Walsh, 25 March 2015
The recent FICUNAM festival in Mexico City screened a number of films which, while not belonging to a single school by any means, provide the opportunity for something of a generalized overview.
By Sybille Fuchs, 23 March 2015
The greed and ignorance of the super-rich and the operations of unprincipled entrepreneurs are threatening public access to many art works.
By Christine Schofelt, 21 March 2015
Neill Blomkamp’s latest release presents an oddly sweet, if rather violent, tale, but something is missing.
FICUNAM 2015: Part 2
By David Walsh, 20 March 2015
There are filmmakers who devote themselves seriously and conscientiously to representing life, not life in the abstract, not “life as a river,” but concrete life, the life of social classes and relationships.
The horrors of war depicted
By Margot Miller, 6 March 2015
The gallery assembled both contemporary and historical art, adding to its already substantial collection of WWI art exhibits.
65th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 5
By Bernd Reinhardt, 3 March 2015
One film makes only a partial examination of Hitler’s middle class opponents, while the other makes a more significant look at the opposition from below.
By Andre Damon, 2 March 2015
In its third season, the Netflix program that began as the American Macbeth has turned into a conformist celebration of the political establishment.
By Dorota Niemitz, 2 March 2015
What may be the British director’s final feature is a historical drama based on the life of James Gralton, deported in 1933 from Ireland for his communist activities by the nationalists he supported.
65th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 4
By Hiram Lee, 27 February 2015
New films from veteran German director Wim Wenders and Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi were screened at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.
65th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 3
By Stefan Steinberg, 25 February 2015
Raoul Peck’s film focuses on a middle class couple whose home in Port-au-Prince has been ruined by the 2011 earthquake. Tudor Giurgiu’s feature looks at all-pervasive corruption in Romania.
By David Walsh, 24 February 2015
Social and political realities found expression on Sunday in a manner that accords with the film world’s peculiarities and contradictions.
Still Alice and Kingsman: The Secret Service—A woman battles disease and a street kid helps save the world …
By Joanne Laurier, 23 February 2015
In Still Alice, a middle class professor and her family struggle with Alzheimer’s, and in the comic book-based Kingsman: The Secret Service, a working class youth is recruited by an elite spy agency.
By David Walsh, 21 February 2015
If recent ceremonies are anything to go by, Sunday’s event will be thoroughly scripted and lacking in spontaneity.
65th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 2
By Hiram Lee, 21 February 2015
A newly restored version of Marcel Ophüls’ 1976 documentary Memory of Justice was given a special screening at this year’s Berlinale.
By Nick Barrickman and David Walsh, 20 February 2015
In recent months, the hip hop music industry has witnessed a controversy surrounding the commercial success of Australian-born rapper Iggy Azalea.
65th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 1
By Stefan Steinberg, 19 February 2015
War raging in the middle of Europe, accelerating inequality, social decline at a level unknown since the 1930s…none of these issues got a look in.
By David Walsh, 16 February 2015
Set in Greece in the early 1960s, Iranian-born director Hossein Amini’s film, based on a Patricia Highsmith novel, follows a trio of Americans caught up in a series of increasingly traumatic events.
By Richard Phillips, 14 February 2015
The movie dovetails with the Australian government’s reactionary promotion of the war centenary and the Gallipoli incursion.
By Joanne Laurier, 11 February 2015
Wild tells the true story of one woman’s 1,100-mile hike of self-discovery. Black or White recounts a custody battle between the white maternal grandfather and black paternal grandmother of a seven-year-old girl.
By Sandy English, 7 February 2015
Padura’s novel takes a pessimistic, cynical view of history as it describes the life of Ramon Mercader, the assassin of Trotsky.
By Dorota Niemitz and David Walsh, 6 February 2015
Oscar-nominated Leviathan is a dark tale about an individual struggling against the power of the state in contemporary Russia.
By David Walsh, 5 February 2015
In Barry Levinson’s film, based on a Philip Roth novel, an aging stage actor, who has lost the appetite for performing, encounters a younger woman with interesting consequences.
By Virginia Smith, 3 February 2015
Three recent or current exhibitions in New York City present the work of photographers who stop time and allow us to contemplate what they see before their lens.
By David Walsh, 31 January 2015
The campaign in defense of Clint Eastwood’s film is the latest means by which the political and media establishment in the US is promoting its war-mongering agenda.
By Joanne Laurier, 29 January 2015
In a small Belgian factory, a woman fights to keep her job by trying to convince her workmates not to take a pay bonus.
By David Walsh, 28 January 2015
Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film, his seventh feature, is based on the 2009 novel of the same name by well-known American writer Thomas Pynchon.
By Matthew MacEgan, 24 January 2015
Clint Eastwood’s newest film tells the story of Chris Kyle, reputedly the deadliest marksman in US military history.
By Fred Mazelis and Tom Mackaman, 20 January 2015
Most attention has been focused on the relationship between Martin Luther King and Lyndon Johnson, but far deeper questions must be explored, including the significance of the mass movement against Jim Crow segregation, its political limitations and its fate.
By Paul Mitchell, 19 January 2015
On display are works, many unseen publicly since they were first created, by a wide range of realist, surrealist and abstract artists.
By Jeff Lusanne, 16 January 2015
Artists from around the world have contributed 26 comics depicting the criminality and brutality of World War I.
By Paul Mitchell, 14 January 2015
Downton Abbey, set in Yorkshire, depicts the lives of the Crawley family and their 16 servants in the early decades of the twentieth century.
By Clare Hurley, 12 January 2015
The painter’s range was so diverse that at times it hardly seems the work of a single person.
By Bryan Dyne and Christine Schofelt, 9 January 2015
Christmas 2014 marked the end of the eighth season of the rebooted British science fiction television series and the first season featuring Peter Capaldi in the title role.
By Charles Bogle, 7 January 2015
Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken is based on Laura Hillenbrand’s 2010 non-fiction work about Louie Zamperini’s harrowing experience in a Japanese prisoner of war camp during World War II.
15th Tokyo Filmex—Part 2
By John Watanabe, 5 January 2015
Kabukicho Love Hotel is the latest film by Japanese director Ryuichi Hiroki. Amos Gitai’s Tsili takes place during World War II, and Naji Abu Nowar’s Theeb during the First World War.
By Joanne Laurier, 3 January 2015
Tim Burton’s new film Big Eyes tells the story of Margaret Keane, the American artist who created the “big-eye art” that became a mass marketing sensation in the 1960s.
By David Walsh, 31 December 2014
Screenwriter Graham Moore and director Morten Tyldum attempt to come to terms with the complicated life and work of Alan Turing, the British mathematician, computer scientist, cryptanalyst and logician.
By our reporters, 31 December 2014
World Socialist Web Site music writers pick their favorite pop and jazz recordings of 2014.
By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 30 December 2014
Some interesting films opened in North America in 2014, a greater number than in many recent years. At the same time, sections of the film industry associated themselves more than ever with the American state.
By Andre Damon and David Walsh, 29 December 2014
It is entirely fitting that The Interview has been embraced by the Obama administration as the vehicle of the values it represents.
By Hiram Lee, 27 December 2014
The music of saxophonists Stephens and Smith reveals some of the strengths and weaknesses in contemporary jazz.
By Joanne Laurier, 23 December 2014
Bennett Miller’s film is based on events that culminated in the shocking 1996 murder of an Olympic wrestling champion by the multimillionaire scion, John Eleuthère du Pont, of the American chemical dynasty.
By David Walsh, 22 December 2014
No one familiar with Hollywood will be astonished by the picture of back-biting, pettiness and shortsightedness that emerges from the leaked emails, but the information is salutary nonetheless.
19 December 2014
This work by WSWS Arts and Culture Editor David Walsh is now available in ePub and Kindle formats. It is an important contribution to the study of Hollywood and global cinema and belongs in every Marxist library.
15th Tokyo Filmex—Part 1
By John Watanabe, 17 December 2014
The Prince, the better of the pair of films, is a “docu-fiction” about the life journey of Jalil Nazari, an Afghan refugee in Iran, who subsequently applied for asylum in Germany.
By Joanne Laurier, 15 December 2014
As 2014 draws to a close, the WSWS will comment on a number of films that were released in North America and, in some cases, globally in the course of the past 12 months.
By Joanne Laurier, 12 December 2014
IndiePix Films has recently released a one-hour documentary about American novelist Edith Wharton (1862-1937), featuring fascinating, never-before-seen archival footage.
Art Gallery of Ontario exhibition
By Lee Parsons, 8 December 2014
The Art Gallery of Ontario has brought together nearly 100 of Colville’s paintings, drawings and prints, the largest number ever in a single exhibit.
By Fred Mazelis, 5 December 2014
A moving and powerful exhibit at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery showcases the remarkable work of a little known black South African, Ernest Cole.