Magazine article Artforum International

Amy Taubin

Magazine article Artforum International

Amy Taubin

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A CONTRIBUTING EDITOR OF FILM COMMENT AND SIGHT & SOUND, AMY TAUBIN IS THE AUTHOR OF TAXI DRIVER (BFI, 2000)

1 Army of Shadows (Jean-Pierre Melville) Made in 1968 but never before released in the United States, this austere, tragic thriller about a French Resistance cell is Melville's masterpiece.

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2 Southland Tales (Richard Kelly) A sprawling piece of pop surrealism about the End Days in Los Angeles, unfurled with tenderness and pizzazz by the director of Donnie Darko, it may never again be seen in the two-and-a-half-hour version shown at Cannes.

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3 Inland Empire (David Lynch) If Richard Kelly finds his brand of surrealism surfing the digiscape, David Lynch burrows deep into the rabbit hole of his own unconscious for a similarly hallucinatory but darker and dirtier vision of Hollywood hell.

4 When the Levees Broke (Spike Lee) Subtitled A Requiem in Four Acts, Lee's Hurricane Katrina documentary is at once epic and intimate, analytic and emotive. Made for HBO and already released on DVD, it deserves to be seen on the big screen.

5 Shoot the Messenger (Ngozi Onwurah) The collaboration of three black, British talents--director Onwurah, writer Sharon Foster, and actor David Oyelowo--pays off in a fearless, flamboyantly theatrical social satire about black identity and self-hatred. …

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