Andrzej Majdanik

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The top 20 arthouse films of 2015

Yeah, yeah, we get it. The year isn’t over yet. There is still <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> and <i>The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2</i> slated for release; which is exactly my point. Most of the indie fare has already bowed at the box office – the rest of this year can be halved into Oscar hopefuls (of …

Filmmaking

The Disappearance of Self in Japan

You're drifting in a rowboat on a quiet pond. Another boat bumps against your own and jolts you out of your self-forgetfulness.<p>You stand up in a rage, and start berating the negligent rower in the other boat. Then you notice that it's empty. There's no one to blame (save circumstance or the current …

10 great Japanese films of the 21st century

Japanese cinema had been pretty much written off by critics by the early 1990s. Then 1997 saw a dramatic turn in its fortunes, with international …

3 Ways to Think Different Like Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs still has an impact on Silicon Valley just as The Beatles still have an impact on music. Start-Ups are starting every day and it seems like everyone I talk to is, or wants to, become an entrepreneur.<p>Steve Jobs is the Yoda of the Valley. Everyone still talks about him and everyone still …

10 great French new wave films

In the last of the 12 chapters of Jean-Luc Godard’s fourth film, Vivre sa vie (1962), prostitute Nana (played by the director’s then-wife Anna …