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Double Exposure Virtual Journal: Spring 2020

Double Exposure Virtual Journal: Spring 2020

This year’s Double Exposure, our 17th issue, is unusual for a number of reasons. Firstly, we were unable to be together as a staff to work on the journal, at least for the large majority of its making. Secondly, we were unable to be together with our contributors and readers to celebrate its launch. Both communal...
Beanpole

Beanpole

Truffaut famously stated that there are no real anti-war movies. Indeed, war film as a genre inescapably fabricates patriotic heroes to praise and brutal villains to condemn, failing to indict war itself for its brutality. Furthermore, these films produce a disconnect between form and content. Even if the movie intends to shock the audience with...
The Best Movies of 2019

The Best Movies of 2019

In addition to contributing ballots to our aggregated top 10, a few members of our editorial board wrote about some films that meant something to them, whether or not they made our final list.
A Cinema for the People: Sátántangó

A Cinema for the People: Sátántangó

The primary reason that Sátántangó is so able to lift its weight across seven-and-a-half hours is because its main vocabulary of long takes naturally generates a blood flow of images that is consistent in tone and utterly hypnotizing.
Retrospective Review: Amour Fou

Retrospective Review: Amour Fou

Basing Amour Fou upon this ridiculous story from early 19th century Germany, Hausner presents the impossibility of romantic love.
Mike Nichols Symposium Part I

Mike Nichols Symposium Part I

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? A mere four years after the play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? premiered on Broadway, Mike Nichols made his directorial debut with a film adaptation of this classic American play. Hewing remarkably close to playwright Edward Albee’s script, which mined the rich quarry of marriage dysfunction, the film unfolds in...
Best Movies of 2018

Best Movies of 2018

As per tradition, Double Exposure took an extra month to catch up on all the best movies that came out last year, but our hotly anticipated list is finally here! In addition to contributing the individual top 10s from which we built our top 15, our staff has also written a little bit about some films, whether...
NYFF 2018: Wildlife

NYFF 2018: Wildlife

The directorial debut of actor Paul Dano organizes familiar faces, subjects and themes into a new, and moving, pattern.
Like Me

Like Me

It’s quite easy to condemn teenagers when they publish a series of transgressive videos on Youtube just to get clicks. But sometimes, video clips go viral without an attention-seeking motive. The 2017 film Like Me juggles the relationship between this un-beseeching fame and its spiraling negative effects. It also entertains the idea of how reality...
Wild Boys

Wild Boys

Four strutting teenage boys played by four strutting teenage girls compose the magnetic centerpiece of Bertrand Mandico’s heady debut feature, Wild Boys (Les garçons sauvages), which had its New York premiere on February 24th at The Film Society of Lincoln Center.  Supremely bizarre, extraordinarily thoughtful, and operating according to a brilliant and idiosyncratic logic all...
Women Reply

Women Reply

Varda’s portrait offers a corrective to the oftentimes even more egregiously inadequate representations that preceded it . . . it’s clear that it isn’t so much women that warrant reinventing, but our understanding of womanhood itself.
NYFF 2016: My Journey Through French Cinema

NYFF 2016: My Journey Through French Cinema

In trying to pierce much too quickly and much too forcefully into the truth and beauty at the heart of cinema, Tavernier unfortunately overlooks the potential wider impact of his own encounters with movies.
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