Alex Wright


Samsara December 20, 2007

Pan Nalin's film Samsara has spent the last five years in the cinematic equivalent of the bardo. Originally released in 2002 to wide acclaim on the festival circuit, the movie was snapped up by Miramax, only to languish while the...
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Helvetica September 16, 2007

Or perhaps I should say: Helvetica Gary Hustwit's documentary about that most familiar of fonts (also known as Arial, for all intents and purposes, to Windows users) is more than just the story of a typeface. As Hustwit chronicles the...
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Milarepa September 13, 2007

For a country with a per capita income of $875 (Gross National Happiness notwithstanding), Bhutan is developing a promising little film industry. Propelled by the art-house success of Khyentse Norbu (aka "">Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche), the tiny Buddhist kingdom has been...
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The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. August 4, 2007

Seussical, Shmeussical. Last week I enjoyed a rare opportunity to see a screening of The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T., the 1953 live action musical fantasy penned by a young Dr. Seuss (the only full-length movie he ever wrote). It's...
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Game Over February 14, 2005

Last night, I went to see Game Over: Kasparov vs. the Machine, the BBC-produced documentary about 1997's Garry Kasparov vs. Deep Blue chess match. Having played a minor role in the event, I was curious to find out whether the...
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Nathaniel Dorsky January 25, 2005

This Friday, I'm looking forward to seeing Nathaniel Dorsky's public talk at the SF Shambhala Center: Devotional Cinema, reprised from filmmaker Nathaniel Dorsky's lecture on religion and cinema at Princeton University, is a rare treasure of penetrating insight into the...
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Travellers and Magicians January 10, 2005

Khyentse Norbu is a Bhutanese filmmaker and prot�g� of Bernardo Bertolucci, whose first film, The Cup, earned good notices at Cannes and other international film festivals. When he's not directing, Khyentse also holds down a day job: as Dzongsar...
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Words Of My Perfect Teacher June 16, 2004

Last night I went to a screening of Words Of My Perfect Teacher, a new documentary about Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, the Tibetan lama-cum-filmmaker who wrote and directed The Cup and the forthcoming Travellers and Magicians. Filmmaker Lesley Ann Patten presents...
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Rivers and tides July 1, 2003

In Rivers and Tides, Scottish sculptor Andy Goldsworthy works art out of rocks, twigs, leaves, even sheep's wool, to create ambitious physical structures - all of which share a common trait: they are destined to dissolve back into the...
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Winged Migration June 2, 2003

Jacques Perrin and a team of intrepid flying cameramen spent three years aloft in gliders, helicopters, delta wings and remote-controlled aircraft to chronicle the migrations of over 50 different species of birds around the world. The result is Winged Migration...
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