March/April 2014
March/April 2014
The cover art is by Kelsey Dake. It depicts (clockwise from the upper left) Christian Bale, Carrie Brownstein, Bettie Page, Bill Murray, Fred Armisen, Lindsay Lohan, and Steve Martin visiting Jurassic Park.

VOL. 12. NO. 3

The Believer Book Award
The Believer Poetry Award

On the Disc
The films collected on the included DVD span the first seventeen of John and Faith Hubley’s twenty-two-year working relationship.

It Looked Like Jazz
An introduction to the DVD by John Sayles


The Settlers
by Katie Arnold-Ratliff
A Survey of Raison d'Être Dramedies, a Micro Genre of Film Dominated by the Ennui and Magical Realism.

Animals Were Harmed in This Production
by J. M. Tyree
An exploration of the roles animals play in cinema, using Robert Bresson's Au hazard Balthazar and Robert J. Flaherty's Nanook of the North as its guides.

Post-Empire Strikes Back
by Lili Anolik


Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Neighboring Sounds
reviewed by Nicholas Rombes

Dorothy Davenport and Walter Lang’s The Red Kimona
reviewed by Kathleen Rooney

Tim Burton’s Batman Returns
reviewed by Greg Cwik


What the Swedes Read
by Daniel Handler

Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby

Pillow of Air
by Lawrence Weschler

Real Life Rock Top Ten
by Greil Marcus

Schema: A Collection of Original Storyboard Panels from the Hubley Film, of Stars and men

edited by Alvin Buenaventura


Children of the Valley
An interview with filmmaker Mike Mills by Gideon Lewis-Kraus and a limited-time invitation to stream his new documentary online.

“No One Is Purely Heroic”
Mike White interviewed by Toph Eggers

Gordon Willis
interviewed by Chris McCoy
A chat with legendary cinematographer Gordon Willis, the man responsible for the look of the Godfather films and Woody Allen's Manhattan.

“I’m Not Making Everybody Beautiful”
Heba Thorisdottir interviewed by Kathryn Borel

Mary Harron
interviewed by Anisse Gross
Director Mary Harron talks about cinema, feminism, and the differences between Matt Damon and Christian Bale

Fred Armisen in conversation with Carrie Brownstein
The Portlandia stars chat about flip-flops, blondes, small deformities, and more.

The Process
Carmen Winant talks with Leigh Ledare about Shoulder


“Shark Week”: A new poem
by Jennifer Willoughby

“A Camera Crew Films a Telenovela Based on the Miracles at Puraquequara”
A new poem by Traci Brimhall