Hi there. My name is Jon and for the last year, my friend Chris and I have been doing a monthly movie podcast called Cinema Dual, where we talk about a pair of movies around a theme of our choosing. Nice and simple. Well, we watch movies more often than we can talk about movies... Continue Reading →
Episode 39 – Cronenberg
On this episode of Cinema Dual, Jon and Chris welcome Dan Morris back to talk about Canada's own David Cronenberg.
Episode 38 – Sight and Sound 2022
On this episode of Cinema Dual, Jon and Chris talk about a pair of movies from the 2022 Sight and Sound Poll.
Lost in the Mail: Jon’s 2022 Sight And Sound Ballot
When it comes to compiling "Best _ of All Time" lists, I generally find the process more interesting than the final lists themselves. For me personally, I obsess for hours over the internal debates and criteria which only make sense to me. Once those decisions are made, all that is left to do is record... Continue Reading →
Lost in the Mail: Dan’s 2022 Sight And Sound Ballot
Coming up with a Sight and Sound ballot, even one that didn’t get submitted to the actual magazine, presents unique challenges. The only criteria put forth by the venerable magazine is to vote for the greatest films of all time, leaving voters free to interpret that. It opens things up to a wide set of... Continue Reading →
Lost in the Mail: Chris’s 2022 Sight and Sound Ballot
What's in a list, anyway? It's something I've struggled with throughout my time as an online writer. But when you're considering a set list of, as the BFI so brazenly puts it, the greatest films of all time, it becomes apparent that a list - any list - must encompass both a sense of inflexibility... Continue Reading →
Episode 37 – Holiday Set Movies
On this episode of Cinema Dual, Jon and Chris talk about a pair of movies set at the holidays.
The Films of Claire Denis: Trouble Every Day (2001)
Imagine you are a filmmaker coming off the most well regarded film of your career. It’s the film that maybe you don’t realize now but will become what you’re best known. Regardless, the question that will be asked of you is “What’s next?” There’s two paths you can take. Do what’s expected of you, or... Continue Reading →
The Films of Claire Denis: Beau Travail (1999)
Tanks lie unattended near the foot of a mountain or a hill, with possibly empty oil drums next to them. Nameless people sit crowded in a train going through a desert. Women dance in a club hoping to attract the attention of French Foreign Legion soldiers. Those same soldiers, now caked in sand and dust,... Continue Reading →
The Films of Claire Denis: Stars At Noon (2002)
Towards the end of Claire Denis’s Stars At Noon, Benny Safdie’s CIA agent describes Central America as a “gambler’s paradise”. He says this with a smile and unconcerned attitude. Margaret Qualley’s journalist Trish looks at him with scorn. These two individuals know enough about this region that if it is a “gambler’s paradise”, then the... Continue Reading →
Episode 36 – Swashbucklers with Erik Highter
On this episode of Cinema Dual, Erik Highter returns to talk with Chris about a pair of swashbuckling movies.