Zelig (1983)

Zelig (1983) How can anyone watch a Woody Allen film with innocence any more? Mia Farrow as distraught Dr. Eudora Nesbit Fletcher stares into the newsreel camera , wondering where her neurotic patient, the chameleon Zelg, has disappeared.  Is the inability to commit to an authentic identity the psychological trauma that Woody Allen had spent … More Zelig (1983)

Umbilical World (2018)

Umbilical World (2018) British animator David Firth compiled 13 years of macabre humor into this crazy quilt of paranoid nightmares. Internet surfers will recognize favorites from YouTube past and marvel at the stylistic unity that emerges from this retrospective of experimental, underground art. Independent in every sense of the word, David Firth joins the company … More Umbilical World (2018)

Last Year at Marienbad (1961)

Last Year at Marienbad (1961) Alain Robbe-Grillet’s Nouveau Roman attacked and devoured cinema’s demand for movement by cubistically shattering narrative into multiple perspectives among three central unnamed characters. One plausible storyline could involve actor Georgio Albertazzi seeking to seduce and abduct the beautiful but enigmatic Delphine Seyrig from Sacha Pitoëff who might be her husband. … More Last Year at Marienbad (1961)

After Life (1998)

After Life (1998) A masterpiece of understatement and spiritual surprises, written and directed by Kore-eda Hirokazu, this movie presents a group of people, who turn out to be recently deceased, interviewed by a film crew that asks for a favorite memory, which the crew then dramatize so each person can have that memory with them for … More After Life (1998)

A Scanner Darkly (2006)

A Scanner Darkly (2006) Richard Linklater adapted Philip K. Dick’s novel using rotoscopic animation to enhance the eerie life in a dystopian world of police surveillance during a drug pandemic. Substance D, which causes bizarre hallucinations, has swept through the entire population. It has become increasingly difficult to differentiate between what is real and what … More A Scanner Darkly (2006)

La Planète sauvage /Fantastic Planet (1973)

La Planète sauvage /Fantastic Planet (1973). Awarded the Grand Prix special jury prize at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, this innovative feature-length animation was directed by René Laloux and written by Laloux and Roland Topor, based on the 1957 novel Oms en série by French writer Stefan Wul. Its allegorical structure concerning the conflict between … More La Planète sauvage /Fantastic Planet (1973)

Asparagus (1979) and Pinball (2013)

Asparagus (1979), Suzan Pitt’s first breakthrough animation, and Pinball (2013), her last animation, showcase amazing accomplishments celebrating independent filmmaking. On the CalArts Web site, Maureen Seawood wrote, “She [Suzan] believed that within us, we had the ability to unfold the way we dream. That each image leads us to the next image, giving birth to … More Asparagus (1979) and Pinball (2013)