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Story | Oct 19, 2014 | 5:47 PMLOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - After paying elaborate tribute to Italian giallo horror films in his 2012 "Berberian Sound Studio," British director Peter Strickland applies much the same formula to the high-toned Euro sexploitation pics of the 1960s and '70s in "The Duke of Burgundy," here with even more striking, singular results. An act of cinephilic homage that transcends pastiche to become its own uniquely sensuous cinematic object, Strickland's densely layered, slyly funny portrayal of the sadomasochistic affair between two lesbian entomologists tips its hats to such masters of costumed erotica as Jess Franco, Tinto Brass and Jean Rollin, without ever cheapening its strange but affecting love story. A cult item to be sure, "Duke" could prove a canny arthouse counter-offensive to "50 Shades of Grey" in niche theatrical play.
Story | Sep 5, 2014 | 7:23 AM
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - MADRID -- Finally getting something like global recognition, Richard Linklater has won the 2014 Intl. Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci) Grand Prix for film of the year. Shot over 12 years between 2002 and 2013, and...
Story | Jun 25, 2014 | 12:30 PM
Fittingly enough for a film about a long, unhurried process of discovery, it wasn't until near the wrap of production that Richard Linklater decided he would call his 16th feature "Boyhood." That was in the summer of 2013, more than a decade after he...
Story | Dec 16, 2013 | 4:30 PM
CBS Films' "Inside Llewyn Davis" topped Film Comment's annual survey of 120 critics, journalists, film-section editors and the magazine's staff and contributors, followed by Fox Searchlight's "12 Years a Slave" and Sony Pictures Classics' "Before...