Escher’s Magic Spell

By Teller M.C. Escher: Journey to Infinity – Witty, touching, and illuminating.  As we listen to a choice selection of Escher’s words, exuberantly delivered by Stephen Fry, we see – in stills, clips, and animation – how Escher’s ingenious notions and preoccupations become works of art. 

A Filmmaker With The Right Stuff: An excerpt from “Philip Kaufman” by Annette Insdorf

American director Philip Kaufman is hard to pin down: a visual stylist who is truly literate, a San Franciscan who often makes European films, he is an accessible storyteller with a sophisticated touch. Celebrated for his vigorous, sexy, and reflective cinema, Kaufman is best known for his masterpiece The Unbearable Lightness of Being, the astronaut saga The […]

The Rim of the World

On making the movie Wilder Than Wild, excerpted from Stories Make the World, Reflections on Storytelling and the Art of the Documentary by Stephen Most.             People have always used fire to protect human life from nature and to alter what nature provides. A key sequence in the story of humanity […]

Moveable Feasts

By Joyce Goldstein This is not an unbiased review of the new movie A Chef’s Voyage (now available on Virtual Cinema). I am an admirer of David Kinch and Manresa.  Over the years he and I have become friends, chefs with vastly different cooking styles and of different generations. (He is the same age as […]