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Author: Tommy Werner

Minding My Peas and Carrots: On Hollis Frampton and Food Videos

In his essay about the history of experimental music, found in his classic book Silence, John Cage states, “Now that things are simple, there’s so much to do.” In the wake of Cage’s observations about the challenges presented in experimental music, the structural film movement, categorized under the broader “avant-garde cinema,” also sought to do a lot with seemingly little. Fixed shots, seemingly basic visual compositions, and rejection of narratives present a challenging puzzle and endless interpretations for a viewer. Filmmaker Hollis Frampton, whose work is available on the Criterion Collection and streaming services like Filmstruck, has a body...

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Love You for 10,000 Years: A Travel Tour Through Wong Kar Wai’s Hong Kong

If you were expecting a simple tour, you’re going to be disappointed. Wong Kar Wai’s body of work has never been known for straight answers (I mean, who hasn’t watched In the Mood for Love and felt frustrated with the mixed signals?). In his international breakthrough, Chungking Express, Wong Kar Wai distilled Hong Kong three years before it would relinquish its title as a British colony and rejoin mainland China. In the time since the 1997 handover, it has been recognized as a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China, with its own currency and police...

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