Magazine article Artforum International

Amy Taubin: AMY TAUBIN IS A CONTRIBUTING EDITOR OF FILM COMMENT AND SIGHT & SOUND AND THE AUTHOR OF TAXI DRIVER (BFI, 2000). THIS YEAR, TAUBIN SERVED ON THE SELECTION COMMITTEE FOR THE NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL

Magazine article Artforum International

Amy Taubin: AMY TAUBIN IS A CONTRIBUTING EDITOR OF FILM COMMENT AND SIGHT & SOUND AND THE AUTHOR OF TAXI DRIVER (BFI, 2000). THIS YEAR, TAUBIN SERVED ON THE SELECTION COMMITTEE FOR THE NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL

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1 COSMOPOLIS (David Cronenberg) As Videodrome was to McLuhanesque TV addiction in 1982, Cronenberg's adaptation of Don DeLillo's novel is to the new flesh of cybercapitalism. An elegant, minimalist digital death trip, a video game in which everyone is played, and, like it or not, a mirror reflection of the way we live now.

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2 THE GATEKEEPERS (Dror Moreh) 4 Which is more mind-boggling--that Moreh persuaded six former heads of the Shin Bet, the men charged with Israel's internal security, to talk publicly for the first time about their roles in the deadly Israeli-Palestinian conflict, or the conclusion all six reached independently about what must happen immediately? Stunning moviemaking, incontrovertible testimony.

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3 BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD (Benh Zeitlin) A thrilling, heartbreaking, mythic tale of life and death in the marshlands of the Gulf filtered through the imagination of a motherless six-year-old girl, Zeitlin's debut feature generated some myths of its own, like Obama telling Oprah that she had to see it.

4 MOBILE HOMESTEAD MOVIE TRILOGY (Mike Kelley) Envisioned as a public artwork, Kelley's Mobile Homestead is a three-part video trip through the history of Detroit's Michigan Avenue as recounted by the people who've struggled to keep it--and themselves--alive.

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5 AMOUR (Michael Haneke) One from the heart, but without a trace of sentimentality, by a director otherwise identified with "funny games. …

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