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Edward Mendez

Edward Mendez is a PhD student in Visual Studies at the University of California, Irvine and is one of the editors of the film section for the Brooklyn Rail.

The Greatest Films You’ll Never See

Our goal is to raise awareness of movies on film in need of preservation, of indie or experimental films that don't get the attention they deserve, and even of bigger productions that were cast aside for unjust political reasons. With advice from our contributors, the film editors present you with our winter 2022 list of the greatest films you’ll never see.

Bill Duke’s Deep Cover

The Criterion Collection's release of Deep Cover (1992) emphasizes the impact of hip-hop and the Black film boom of 1991 and warrants a close examination of how race and identity configure in the film's searing, yet ambivalent aesthetics. Available on DVD and Blu-ray July 13.

The Academy Museum

Driven by its mission “to advance the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema,” the Academy Museum addresses film history through its dynamic and educational exhibitions.

Kevin Smith’s Clerks III

Returning to his roots with a long delayed sequel to his breakout film, Kevin Smith’s final entry in the Clerks trilogy is perhaps his most sincere and earnest film. It is also a product of Smith’s life and wild career.

Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch

Wes Anderson’s delightful new film, The French Dispatch, is more than a love letter to American newspaper and magazine writers—it is a film committed to reveling in the craft of writing and storytelling.


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JUNE 2023

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