The Film issue is here! Featuring: Lili Anolik’s essay on Bret Easton Ellis’s The Canyons, Mike White interviewed by Toph Eggers, Fred Armisen in conversation with Carrie Brownstein, Mary Harron interviewed by Anisse Gross, a review of Tim Burton’s Batman, a poem about shark week, a DVD of short animated films by John and Faith Hubley, the shortlist for the Believer poetry and book awards, and more!

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The 2014 film issue’s bonus item is an exclusive DVD of short animated films by legendary animators John and Faith Hubley!

Selected Films of John and Faith Hubley, introduced by John Sayles

A Mind Forever Voyaging Through Strange Seas of Thought Alone introduced by Gideon Lewis-Kraus [Full Text]
An interview with filmmaker Mike Mills and a limited-time invitation to stream his new documentary online.

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 [Full Text]

“Shark Week”: a new poem by Jennifer Willoughby [Full Text]

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.

What the Swedes Read by Daniel Handler

Stuff I’ve Been Reading by Nick Hornby

The Process by Carmen Winant

“Comics” edited by Alvin Buenaventura

A collection of original storyboard panels from the Hubley film, Of Stars and Men.

The Believer Book and Poetry Award Short Lists

Kleber Mendonça Filo’s Neighboring Sounds reviewed by Nicolas Rombes.

Tim Burton’s Batman Returns reviewed by Greg Kwik [Full Text]

Pillow of Air by Lawrence Weschler

Heba Thorisdottir interviewed by Kathryn Borel

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.

“A Camera Crew Films a Telenovel…”: a new poem by Traci Brimhall [Full Text]

Mike White interviewed by Toph Eggers
The actor and director talks about Enlightened and his creative process.

Real Life Rock and Roll Top Ten by Greil Marcus

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