In Fellini's La Strada, we enter another plane by grace of Gelsomina. Gelsomina (Giulietta Masina) is the Spirit, the Soul. She will play the trumpet.
In its own time, this hard-to-pigeonhole ambling road picture had as much trouble finding its place in the world as Max and Lion. But the past decade has seen Scarecrow garner a cult following, with Pacino and Hackman both publicly praising it, and director Jerry Schatzberg even rhapsodizing about a sequel.
Bookended by the post-industrial Midwestern hellscapes of Stranger Than Paradise and the twilight tourist Americana of Mystery Train, Jim Jarmusch's Down by Law takes us to the bayous of New Orleans, where a pimp, a radio DJ, and an Italian traveler all wind up in jail.
Whereas Hirokazu Kore-eda's Shoplifters is a fairly stationary film, charting one family’s experiences in and around their cramped Tokyo home, Broker is a story of people on the move.
The Phenom is a sports film for people, like me, who don’t enjoy sports films.
Firmly in his prime at the age of 28, Bobby Jones retired from golf and did what any self-respecting ex-athlete would do: he went to Hollywood.
On the latest episode of the podcast, we’re joined by ace writer and admitted baseball enthusiast Frank Falisi to run the numbers on Bennett Miller’s Oscar-nominated ode to analytics, Moneyball (2011).
Skate Kitchen acts as a celebration of all the ways non-normative womanhood seeps into the very nature of skateboarding.
Less parable, more portrait of an athlete as a young man, Michael Ritchie's Downhill Racer reminds us that our yearning for a moral arc of sport is just that: a yearning.
Self-reflective and willing to laugh at himself, Tony Hawk is not just iconic but eminently watchable, endearing, and incisive in equal measure.
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