Megan Ratner reviews the new film from Mia Hansen-Løve, Goodbye First Love, a story about adolescent loss and creative awakening with a strong autobiographical component.
We are extremely sorry to announce that Ernest “Chick” Callenbach passed away peacefully, April 17, at home in Berkeley. Film Quarterly’s founding editor, Chick steered the journal from 1958 to 1991 (joining the editorial board thereafter) and was also editor of the University of California Press’s cinema studies list of books. In his dual role, he was a major influence on the development of film culture and film study in the U.S. and beyond. A highly influential figure in ecology and natural history as well, he was the author of Ecology: A Pocket Guide and the landmark novel Ecotopia. The loss is a profound one for all of us at the Press. An obituary will be published in the Summer issue of Film Quarterly. Read the LA Times’ obituary here.
Mark Fisher reviews The Iron Lady and discusses the politics of this biopic of a paradoxical Prime Minister.
Megan Ratner reports from New York’s New Directors/New Films festival, praising The Minister, Las Acacias, and Stanley Kubrick’s debut Fear and Desire.
Brigitta B. Wagner reports from the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival, reviewing Farewell My Queen, Sister, Jaurès, Revision, Barbara, and Our Homeland.
Mark Fisher reviews Alexander Payne’s The Descendants and Jason Reitman’s Young Adult, two films about journeys that end in uncertainty rather than self-discovery.
A web-exclusive debate about Todd Haynes’s miniseries Mildred Pierce between Amber Jacobs and Rob White, covering questions of desire, labor, economics, psychoanalysis, and feminism.
Mark Fisher reviews Steve McQueen’s bleak, blank tale of New York addiction and emptiness, starring Michael Fassbender, Shame.
Nina Power and Rob White discuss the politics and aesthetics of Lars von Trier’s end-of-the-world drama, Melancholia.
A review of the cult British TV show, A Very Peculiar Practice, a black comedy set in a regional university in the Thatcher era.