Michael Joshua Rowin

Angel Eyes

Michael Joshua Rowin on Adolpho Arrietta

September 2011

LITTLE KNOWN OR SCREENED in the United States, the work of Spanish experimental filmmaker Adolpho Arrietta is more than ready for discovery and appreciation. An upcoming Arrietta retrospective at Anthology Film Archives will hopefully encourage… READ ON

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Water World

Michael Joshua Rowin on Psychohydrography

July 2011

PETER BO RAPPMUND’S PSYCHOHYDROGRAPHY is exactly what its title portends: a psychological portrait of water. Following the Los Angeles Aqueduct from its source in the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains to the city (more than two hundred miles),… READ ON

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Culture Shock

Michael Joshua Rowin on Dan O’Bannon

July 2011

DAN O’BANNON may not be a household name, but when he died two years ago at the age of sixty-three he left his fingerprints on two of the most famous science fiction and horror films of the last thirty-five years: Star Wars (1977), for … READ ON

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Crop Circles

Michael Joshua Rowin on Agrarian Utopia

June 2011

THE HISTORY of labor-conscious cinema abounds with landmarks in cinematographic beauty, The Grapes of Wrath (1940) and Days of Heaven (1978) among the most notable. This is far from coincidental. Any film dealing with agricultural work will… READ ON

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Of Two Minds

Michael Joshua Rowin on Certified Copy

March 2011

IT’S BEEN AWHILE: Certified Copy marks Iranian legend Abbas Kiarostami’s first feature-length fiction film to receive American distribution since Ten in 2002. Since that time, the director has mostly directed shorts and documentaries, a… READ ON

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Tricky Dick

Michael Joshua Rowin on Dick Fontaine

February 2011

A TERRIFIC MOMENT occurs halfway through Norman Mailer’s nonfiction novel The Armies of the Night (1968) when, writing in the third person, Mailer interrupts an account of his participation in the 1967 march on the Pentagon to introduce an… READ ON

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Silent Majority

Michael Joshua Rowin on Zhao Liang’s Petition

January 2011

EMERGING FROM ARDUOUS, dangerous, in-the-trenches work, Chinese filmmaker Zhao Liang’s documentary investigations open onto profound problems in China that are often kept hidden by the country’s authorities. His interest is in the banal… READ ON

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Inside Out

Michael Joshua Rowin on Abel Ferrara

January 2011

AT A TIME when milquetoast Williamsburg postgrad circles are the subculture most visibly represented on New York City art-house screens, it might be worth recalling Abel Ferrara, grimy poet laureate of the Koch and Dinkins eras. Working his… READ ON

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Nun Left Standing

Michael Joshua Rowin on Hadewijch

December 2010

TEENAGE CÉLINE VEL HADEWIJCH (Julie Sokolowski) lives in a rural nunnery where she expresses her devotion to God by eating virtually nothing and standing for hours in the pouring rain. After being expelled for her extreme renunciation and … READ ON

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Acting Out

Michael Joshua Rowin on Lou Castel

December 2010

BEGINNING WITH HIS baby-face embodiment of filial angst and eruption in Marco Bellocchio’s debut Fists in the Pocket (1965), the career of sixty-seven-year-old Colombian expat Lou Castel has intermittently dovetailed with minor highlights… READ ON

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