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Next in our East End Film Festival review series is “The Visit“, by writer-director (but not actor) Michael Madsen. Constructed as a speculative documentary, the film asks: how would we react, officially, if visited by intelligent life from outer space? 346 more words


Review: Miroslav Slaboshpitsky's 'The Tribe'

The Tribe, the first full-length feature from Miroslav Slaboshpitsky, is presented in Ukrainian sign language, minus any subtitles or spoken dialogue, and contains instances of horrific violence (and quite graphic fornication) during gruellingly long takes that invoke many questions as to how certain scenes were even achieved without any genuine physical harm to the young men and women involved. 488 more words

Film Reviews

The Bystander Effect: Going Crazy with The Piano Teacher

It took me four hours to sit through Michael Haneke’s The Piano Teacher. And it’s only two-hours long. Every twenty minutes or so I’d feel the urge to step outside for a cigarette, or I would walk up and down the street and look at my neighbors’ homes, what their windows and rooms look like from the outside. 1,276 more words

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The White Ribbon

A brutal black and white film by Michael Haneke about the shame of masturbation, animal mutilation, incest and the symbolism of pierced ears, torturing the retarded, bleak and swift… 181 more words


Foreign Film Spotlight: The White Ribbon

My friend ALEX RAPHAEL asked me to review a foreign film, and I happily obliged. I selected the 2009 German-language film written and directed by Michael Haneke and filmed by Christian Berger.  379 more words


Caché (Michael Haneke 2005)

and so anyway it turns out the best thing about Caché (2005) is not the rather effortless manner in which Michael Haneke matches his filmmaking style to the tedious self-regard of his bourgeois protagonists, but the fact that I did not have to pay a penny to watch it since some bloke, never found out who exactly, just left a copy in a supermarket carrier bag on the doorstep…


The Uneasy Familiarity of Michael Haneke's Funny Games Remake

Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke thinks Americans are violent.

He mentions it in almost every interview regarding Funny Games—the subject of our topic today—how the original was meant for American audiences obsessed with… 1,011 more words

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