Editor's note: Village Voice media film critic Karina Longworth is currently at the Toronto Film Festival, from where she'll be writing regular blog posts. This is her first in the series. This is a blog post about two movies that were screened for the press within the first 24 hours of the Toronto ... More >>
In author Sapphire's new novel, The Kid (a semi-sequel to Precious -- the Hollywood adaptation of her '96 novel, Push), we are treated to another relentless marathon of abuse, rape, failed dreams and unsettling conclusions. "Commercial media looks at things in terms of heroes and villains," Sapphire ... More >>
Provocateurs Catherine Breillat and Asia Argento put their stamp (or tattoo) on nineteenth-century France.
Dario Argento caps off his horror trilogy with horrific parody.
The season of big budget bangs uses its brain.
Where old masters, drunk teenagers, and Asia Argento make the fest's first week a blast.
A still from the Cohen brother's No Country for Old Men. Sometimes the competition is actually competitive. No one disputes that the official section at the 60th Cannes Film Festival has been the strongest in recent memory. The heavy favorites are the Coen brothers’ No Country For Old Men; Juli ... More >>
Art imitates life as U.S. directors command this year's fest, with only China rivaling for celluloid domination.
Sofia Coppola pays opulent tribute to the innocent boredom of a teen queen.
Asia Argento finds a harrowing film in the pages of a fake autobiography.
Last Days follows the final spiral of a tormented musician.