Michael Atkinson

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  • Originally one of Canada's great formalist masters of squirrelly obsession, Atom Egoyan has lost his way since he appeared in the late '80s, hunting for relevance as his material and style have crept toward the lukewarm mainstream.

    In some...

  • A lovely post-punk lark with one foot in '80s ironic-indieland and the other in Iran, Ana Lily Amirpour's feature debut could become a totem for a hipster world mad for jukebox funkiness, vampires, and gender-politics righteousness. It's got all...

  • 3 months ago | Film and TV

    Second in Japan only to Takashi Miike as an outrageously prolific and wicked genre geyser, Sion Sono is most notorious here for the four-hour teen-perv epic Love Exposure (2011). The cut-artery farce Why Don't You Play in Hell is less typical, and...

  • Second in Japan only to Takashi Miike as an outrageously prolific and wicked genre geyser, Sion Sono is most notorious here for the four-hour teen-perv epic Love Exposure (2011). This cut-artery farce is less typical, and a good deal...

  • 6 months ago | Film and TV

    What's fascinating, new and neglected across all major video platforms. Among other things, cinema has always been a ready-made self-eulogizer -- Hollywood was making two-reeler silent comedies about the craft of moviemaking before the viewing pub...

  • 8 months ago | Film and TV

    In contemporary, genre-splashed Indiewood, the task is often simple but bedevilling: You have an HD camera and a modest house in the L.A. hills; now what do you do? Shane Carruth, among others, has proven that you don't need much more — just...