nthposition online magazine

Douglas Messerli

Messerli is the author of several books of poetry and fiction, and is currently working on a multi-volume cultural memoir. He edits Green Integer and was the former publisher of Sun & Moon Press.

A life made of moments

[ filmreviews ]

Richard Linklaterís Boyhood, in many respects, is unlike any previous film.

A sound in the night

[ filmreviews ]

Eastwood's film Jersey Boys is likeable but not very profound

Surviving through suicide

[ filmreviews ]

Richard Ayoade's The Double may not be truly great, but at least it attempts to tackle the big issues

A sound in the night

[ filmreviews ]

Clint Eastwood's film about The Four Seasons is likeable but but not very profound.

The sleeping father

[ fiction - march 14 ]

Hirokazu Kore-eda's 'Like father, like son' suggests that family is about more than blood

The last civilized man

[ filmreviews ]

Within ourselves

[ filmreviews ]

Alternative medicines

[ filmreviews ]

Dallas Buyers Club combines a slight storyline with two remarkable central performances

The disappearing giraffe

[ filmreviews ]

Watch La Grande Bellezza and swoon...

Descent into madness

[ filmreviews ]

Woody Allenís bleak Blue Jasmine is distinctly short of the kindness of strangers

Soaring obsessions

[ filmreviews ]

Almodóvarís new film, Los amantes pasajerosis a gentle love-fest

Three Oshima films

[ filmreviews ]

Mismatched drunkards, a dizzying book thief and obsessional sex...

The angel meets his devil

[ filmreviews ]

ďif Rath is not exactly an angel, he is, at least, a kind of tormented saintĒ

Two harbours

[ filmreviews ]

If neither Carnéís tragic vision in Le quai des brumes nor Kaurismäkiís more positive presentation of life in Le Havre is very realistic, who cares?

Excelsior

[ filmreviews ]

Or: bah, humbug...

Alternative Bonds

[ filmreviews ]

A more ambiguous (and ageing) 007

Euclidís first axiom

[ filmreviews ]

Steven Spielbergís Lincoln is so much more ambitious than any other American movie of the year that one would have to a cynic to deny its worth

The do-gooders

[ filmreviews ]

Cristian Mungiuís film, Beyond the Hills is a straightforward and honest film about the friendship between two young women

Made to disappear

[ filmreviews ]

Jean Grémillon's Stormy Weather is a glorious requiem to a lost world

Joining the dead

[ filmreviews ]

Michael Hanekeís Amour is simple, but devastating

Making it up

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Paul Thomas Andersonís The Master may not be great cinema, but it's worth watching and rewatching

Angel of death

[ filmreviews ]

Richard Linklater's film about Bernie, a murderer and upstanding guy, reveals much about small-town America

Witnesses

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"To reassure people, you only have to deny the facts." Le diable probablement seems strangely prophetic

Feeling dizzy

[ filmreviews ]

The characters of Diary of a Shinjuku Thief have given up any sense of their ability to influence or dominate events

Burning up

[ filmreviews ]

Don Levy's Herostratus is one of the most influential films you've never heard of

The case of the missing father

[ filmreviews ]

The makers of The Kid with a Bike have transformed a simple story into a kind of situational fairytale

Pleasure, passion, lust

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Despite its nods to Brief Encounter, Terence Daviesís The Deep Blue Sea is utterly different

Alternative lives

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Belgian director Van Dormael explores, sometimes comically and other times more tragically, a boy's question: "Why am I me and not somebody else?"

Quicksand

[ filmreviews ]

ďThe Artist is a sort of wonderful fraud, a film that just like forged art works, looks like an original until you discover that the paint did not exist during the artist's"

Into the past

[ filmreviews ]

Woody Allen portrayal of Paris bring a glow to the City of light - and a bit of less welcome golden age thinking

Four Olivers

[ filmreviews ]

"It matters that Fagin, faced with the British justice system, goes mad."

Ruling us

[ filmreviews ]

DiCaprio delivers the best role of his career as J Edgar Hoover, but a creaky plot structure doesn't help

Sentimental life

[ filmreviews ]

People who like that sort of thing will like this...

Ready for love

[ filmreviews ]

A good film about the little things in life.

Learning to pretend

[ filmreviews ]

Léonettiís debut is a stylish but empty portrayal of a dystopian future

Three films by Luchino Visconti

[ filmreviews ]

Another look at the recently reissued Rocco e i suoi fratelli, Il gattopardo and Senso

Ash to ash

[ filmreviews ]

A simple and spectacularly beautiful film about Calabrian life whose only professional participant was a dog.

Adopting a family

[ filmreviews ]

Confusing sexual issues in The Kids Are All Right and even more puzzling social relationships in Another Year

The secret in their eyes

[ filmreviews ]

An appealing mixture of detective story, love story, political mystery and film noir

Shedding skin

[ filmreviews ]

Two films by Apichatpong Weerasethakul revisited

Beginnings and endings

[ filmreviews ]

The Ghost Writer is visually stunning, excitingly scripted, and heighted by a well-crafted score with near perfect sound.

Trying not to love

[ filmreviews ]

Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker is deceptively simple

A matter of conscience

[ filmreviews ]

A lot happens in the cracks of Porumboiu's Police, adjective

Traveler without a backpack

[ filmreviews ]

The creepy stuff I did

[ opinion - november 09 ]

"While recently listening to David Letterman's 'confession' of his sexual encounters on late-night television, I was more than a little frightened by my fellow citizens' sexual prudery."

Lorna's silence

[ filmreviews ]

Miracles happen, even in the bleakest of films.

Suna No Onna & Rikyu

[ filmreviews ]

Two films by Hiroshi Teshigahara.

Two Pabst operas

[ filmreviews ]

Looking back at Pandora's Box and The Threepenny Opera.

Starting over

[ filmreviews ]

Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Tokyo Sonata is lugubrious but engaging.

Cemetery of garbage

[ filmreviews ]

An impressive, if rambling, look at the Neapolitan crime group Camorra in Gomorrah.

The curious case of Benjamin Button

[ filmreviews ]

A strange (and strangely redemptive) film...

Woman on the periphery

[ filmreviews ]

Max Ophuls's The earrings of Madame de... emerges from unjustified neglect.

In the middle of nowhere: three films by Budd Boetticher

[ filmreviews ]

Four films of Kon Ichikawa

[ filmreviews ]

An appreciation of the great Japanese director who died earlier this year.

A hole in the world

[ filmreviews ]

Burton's Sweeney Todd remains loyal to Sondheim's dark paean to love and revenge.

Revolutions

[ cdreviews | filmreviews ]

Almodóvar's Volver is a kind of 'revolution' is several senses.

The Duchess of Langeais

[ filmreviews ]

Don't touch that axe...

4 Months 3 Weeks & 2 Days

[ filmreviews ]

"A testament to the millions of individuals who suffered and survived the bleak Communist regimes"

The woman most likely to raise dogs

[ bookreviews ]

Nancy Cunard was a woman to fall in love with

Looking back at The Adventure

[ filmreviews ]

"Our perceptions of films and cinematic images have so radically changed that it is difficult to understand the reactions of filmgoers and commentators in 1960, the year when I had just become a teenager."

The lives of others

[ filmreviews ]

Possibility in a world where nothing is left to chance.

Blood of an innocent

[ filmreviews ]

Del Toro negotiates a path between paternalistic and magic realities.

The unordinary obsessions of ordinary lives

[ filmreviews ]

In 'Year of the Dog', Mike White's latest film, his characters manage to embrace their everyday reality.

Flags and letters

[ filmreviews ]

"It appears, [Clint] Eastwood suggests, that a culture that prefers flags to letters, a culture which offers up symbols as opposed to simple human expression, is doomed to estrangement."

Just people

[ bookreviews ]

Two new books on the American civil rights movement restate Gunnar Myrdal's prophetic argument that the issue of race is not an African-American problem but a white one.

The Queen bows

[ filmreviews ]

Leaving the twentieth century...