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For directors, sometimes it's better to say nothing at all.

At the end of his pan of Chuck Workman's doc on American avant-garde "Visionaries" Tom McCormack drops a poignant observation about Jonas Mekas, the film's main focus: Somewhere between a warmer, polite Jean-Luc Godard and a more honest and forthright Werner Herzog, Mekas shares with both men a propensity for the over-emphatic aphorism. In talking about the demands that avant-garde cinema often puts on the viewer, Mekas says that the films are "like orange juice concentrate...

Seven deliberately anachronistic movies.

In a long, fascinating interview with DP Harris Savides at Moving Image Source, Savides -- one of the best cinematographers we have -- talks about how much of his recent work ("Zodiac," "Greenberg," "Milk," "American Gangster") has, in one way or another, drawn from the '70s. There's a startling side-by-side comparison of a Stephen Shore photo from 1975 above a still from "Zodiac," which momentarily looks exhumed from the era. Savides, of...

"Greenberg," a W.C. Fields for our time.

He called himself "The Great Man," and -- especially in the '30s -- W.C. Fields was just that. In a series of misanthropic comedies, Fields repeatedly professed his dislike of children and wives and his love of booze. There was more to him than that, of course -- 1934's "The Old Fashioned Way" is a rare tender crack in the facade, and one of his best vehicles -- but that's who he was on-screen most of the time, and audiences loved him for it. He was, in short, an "...

White vs. Brown; or why Armond would be banned from reviewing "Greenberg."

If there were a Gawker-type site for film critic gossip, the only thing that would keep it from being horrifically dull would be the antics of the NY Press' splenetically quotable Armond White, who always seems to be ruffling feathers. The last time we checked in on Mr. White, he was trolling "District 9" lovers. This new story, though, is more interesting than the usual Armond vs. Rotten Tomatoes sparring. There's a history. White's reportedly been banned from attending all...