A sneak preview: Film Comment goes list-crazy in January/February 2009 issue!
Not content to simply issue a critical roundup of the year’s 20 best films, Film Comment’s latest issue is filled with must-read cinematic trivia that should make any list-lover’s heart flutter. Get a complete look at the making of the final cut for the magazine’s famous critic’s poll 2008, including which Film Comment staffer has a soft spot for Kazakhstan, plus incisive commentary on the “movies that mattered, for better or for worse.”
This latest issue of Film Comment also boasts a new feature, the Film Comment Trivial Top 20, which is a fresh, film-related list devised and selected by the finest minds in the cinephile universe. In this issue: the 20 best acting performances by directors in fellow helmer’s films. So is it Quentin Tarantino? Sydney Pollack? Roman Polanski? Check out page 11 of the Jan/Feb issue for the answer!
It’s not all just lists, either. In the issue, you can read an interview with James Toback by Quentin Tarantino, a cover story on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by Amy Taubin, a look at the surprisingly fascinating (and critic’s poll hit) avant-garde film RR, plus a piece that begins with this priceless sentence: “Why was practically everyone expecting Valkyrie to suck?” Exhaustive reviews of the latest DVD and theatrical releases are included as always.
If you want to be the first to get an irreverent bi-monthly dose of movie news and reviews, the best thing to do is to subscribe now. It’s only $29.95 for 6 issues, and remember, if you become a member of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, your subscription is included.