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Michael Vazquez

Reading for Warm Summer Days Indoors: Excerpt From Morrissey's Autobiography (HuffPo Exclusive)

Michael Vazquez | Posted 07.08.2014 | Books
Michael Vazquez

You've heard the soundtrack, now read the book.

Only Lovers Left Alive's Tilda Swinton Talks About Almost Quitting Acting and Yasmine Hamdan Performs 'Hal' Live In NYC (HuffPo Exclusive Videos)

Michael Vazquez | Posted 06.13.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

Yasmine Hamdan performs 'Hal,' which she also sings in the film during a scene when two world-weary vampires begin to heal, and find a way to continue living, as they remember the power and mystery of creation itself.

Cinema and Eulogia: Alain Resnais, 1922 - 2014

Michael Vazquez | Posted 05.02.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

Yesterday, a genuine conceptual and artistic film pioneer who was also possessed of an earnest conscience saw his final day on Earth. His genius work remains, and here's one of my favorite of his films, Mon Oncle D'Amerique, for your viewing pleasure.

A New & Improved Digital Future, Or History Redux?

Michael Vazquez | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology
Michael Vazquez

Herewith, notes from a bitter, would-be messenger. Like always, please ignore all typos. While I fully comprehend the strategic leveraging of soci...

Faith And John Hubley's Socially-Conscious Animated Films Screening At The Museum of Modern Art's 11th International Festival of Film Preservation (Huffington Post Exclusive VIDEO)

Michael Vazquez | Posted 10.24.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

Simply put, this year's film preservation series at MOMA has got flix for every kind of movie fan. In this first of several exclusives, I've chosen to...

Blue Jasmine Review Plus Cate Blanchett Interview (VIDEO)

Michael Vazquez | Posted 09.24.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

New York son Woody Allen's back from Europe and he's unpacking some American baggage; Cate Blanchett talks of liminally channeling Hedda Gabler, Mary Tyrone, and Blanche DuBois.

Portland Int'l Film Festival Screens Spanish Silent Blancanieves, Man VS. Nature Doc Leviathan

Michael Vazquez | Posted 04.11.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

Herewith, notes on the Portland International Film Festival's Grimm (and grimmer) opening-night silent-film Blancanieves, and the edgy, Man VS. Nature doc, Leviathan, plus notes on the recently restored stone-cold classic doc, Cousin Jules.

BFF Oscar-Nominee Amour Opens Today in New York, Los Angeles

Michael Vazquez | Posted 02.16.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

Simply put, Michael Haneke's Amour is an instant, harrowing classic about one of the most important issues of our time.

Bonnaroo Flashback and Preview: John Paul Jones + Ben Harper + Questlove 2007 Jam (VIDEO)

Michael Vazquez | Posted 07.03.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

Like a comet, The Roots orbit Planet 'Roo in nearly five-year intervals, from the festival's second year ('03), through its middle ('07) and, if the cosmic doomsayers are correct about 2012, its end.

SXSW Flashback: Under the Iron Bridge With Sydney Wayser

Michael Vazquez | Posted 06.25.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

Released from the van like a fish returning to water, I hit the streets of Austin dazed, before I eventually was lost in the crowd, as their caravan rolled on.

Cinema As Historical Conscience: Post-Mortem Final Screenings In NYC Today (VIDEO)

Michael Vazquez | Posted 06.24.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

I'm re-posting this review from NYFF#48 to earnestly remind fans of engagé cinema that today is their last chance to screen Post-Mortem, an essential, unflinching meditation on Chile's semi-recent history -- and by extension, its (and our own) ongoing internal reckoning.

Icelandic Cinema Series Brings '82 Music Doc Rock In Reykjavik to New York (Video)

Michael Vazquez | Posted 06.18.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

From Iceland's first sound feature through a look at DIY music circa '81, to a certified international blockbuster, New York cinephiles are getting a terrific, once-in-a-lifetime primer on less-exposed, eminently worthwhile films from Iceland.

SXSW Flashback: Under The Iron Bridge With Soul Track Mind (VIDEO)

Michael Vazquez | Posted 06.04.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

I was invited to film some Rubber Tracks sessions at the Converse/The Fader Fort during SXSW, and the afternoon I made it in with my camera served as a reminder that sometimes the raw process is more arresting to witness than the finished result.

SXSW Flashback/NYC Preview Tonight: Gypsy Chanteuse Kali Mutsa Plays S.O.B.

Michael Vazquez | Posted 05.23.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

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SXSW Flashback/NYC Premiere Tonight: Guy Maddin on Obsession and Movie-Making as Aversion Therapy (VIDEO)

Michael Vazquez | Posted 05.20.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

I think it's important to live in the past and the present simultaneously -- it's what makes us what we are. We all do anyway, might as well admit it and embrace it.

Cinema As Diplomacy, Pt. 1: Oscar/Globe-Winner Asghar Farhadi Screening Series In NYC!

Michael Vazquez | Posted 05.12.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

At the New York Film Festival, three instant classics of engagé cinema -- one from Egypt and two from Iran (including BFF Oscar-winner A Separation) -- quite stunningly took on the weight of history.

Doomsday Cinema, Part 2: Oscar-Nom The Turin Horse, Final Week in New York (VIDEO)

Michael Vazquez | Posted 04.22.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

If the end of the world or your final film? is when you say what you really mean, perhaps with The Turin Horse, Béla Tarr is giving the last laugh to the Gypsies of his state-seized debut film (shot at age 16) and delivering a stone-cold classic.

2011's Doomsday Cinema, Part I: Melancholia @ 49th NYFF plus Gainsbourg on Von Trier & Lars' NYFF 47 Press Conference (VIDEO)

Michael Vazquez | Posted 03.14.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

In anticipation of 12/21/12, this past year saw a return of the doomsday film. Melancholia was an okay end-of-the-world movie, but for this fan, it was not a very good Lars Von Trier film. Perhaps a third viewing is in order.

2011 Year-End Video Performance Review

Michael Vazquez | Posted 02.20.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

This is not a year-end list -- the headline says it all -- herewith, two dozen filmed performances.

NYFF @50: Chairman Richard Peña on Opening Nights: The Social Network, Miller's Crossing, All About My Mother, PLUS Saadi Yacef In-Person Tonight

Michael Vazquez | Posted 01.08.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

Sunday's race wasn't the only marathon in town. As the New York Film Festival approaches year 50, the team at the Film Society of Lincoln Center is curating a year-long countdown.

The Story of Geoff Barrow & Portishead [VIDEO]

Michael Vazquez | Posted 12.05.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

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Warhol Factory Auteur Paul Morrissey Premieres News From Nowhere In-Person at Lincoln Center Tonight

Michael Vazquez | Posted 11.06.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

Tonight, New York cinephiles are getting a once-in-a-lifetime experience as Paul Morrissey, Warhol's in-house Factory cameramen turned indie auteur debuts his new film, News From Nowhere.

On Lincoln Center's Latinbeat: The Death of Pinochet

Michael Vazquez | Posted 10.11.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

For most Americans, it may be hard to believe there is another nation on Earth for whom 9/11 is a defining day -- but to Chileans, it is, and was so, long before ours. In fact, Chile's 9/11 occurred with the aid of unseen US influence facilitating a bloody military coup d'etat.

Anna Calvi, Live in NYC (VIDEO)

Michael Vazquez | Posted 10.04.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

2011-08-04-grab.jpgHere's Anna Calvi performing at Le Poisson Rouge, which was once the legendary jazz venue the Village Gate.

Huffington Post Exclusive Music World Premiere: On The Twentieth Anniversary Of Nevermind, SPIN Curates A Tribute Album (Audio)

Michael Vazquez | Posted 09.17.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

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