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Joe Swanberg deals with the consequences of his filmmaking in The Zone (2011)

The ferocious realism of Joe Swanberg’s films often leave me questioning where the line between fact and fiction begins to blur. As seen through the pixelations of a low-fi digital lens, the intimacy can be so intense – the nudity and sexuality extremely raw – that I frequently wonder how the experiences of shooting these movies affects the off-camera relationships of the actors and filmmakers involved. 1,191 more words


Always Shine - Review


If Alex Ross Perry’s Queen of Earth hasn’t already made clear the influence of Ingmar Bergman’s masterful Persona on modern independent American cinema, then perhaps a more chilling approach can be found in Sophia Takal’s sophomore directorial effort, Always Shine. 800 more words

Film Reviews

Always Shine (2016)

“Have I seen you in anything?”

In more ways than one, Always Shine serves as 2016’s antidote to the masterful confection, sheer joy, and the powerful sense of regret in  517 more words


Always Shine

Always Shine (2016)
★★ / ★★★★

There are plenty of movies that are willing to explore the sunny side of friendship and too few attempt to put a magnifying glass onto its darker corners. 426 more words

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