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Michael Buening


Wednesday, October 27 2010

An Interactive Medium: The 48th Annual New York Film Festival

This year's organizers offered a reinvigorated idea of what the New York Film Festival can be: elite and cerebral, topically, tonally, and globally diverse, and eager to foster a dialogue with its community.

Sunday, October 25 2009

The 47th Annual New York Film Festival

There were plenty of films in the New York Film Festival that captured similar redemptive moments and there is nothing esoteric, depressing or arduous about that.

Thursday, November 6 2008

Personal Epics: The 46th Annual New York Film Festival

Shafted by the current events taking place outside its theaters, the New York Film Festival was agreeably low-key this year, demonstrating that art, at its best, can serve as valuable provocation when we try to make sense of a bewildering world.

Thursday, June 26 2008

High and Low: Film Forum Presents: Nakadai

New York’s Film Forum offers an ambitious and inspired film series this summer, dedicated to the films of Japanese actor Tatsuya Nakadai. The series is as entertaining, provocative, and intricate as its subject.

Wednesday, February 27 2008

The Grand Tension of Peter Watkins

Peter Watkins is a stubborn, one-man army, relentlessly pushing the film medium in a direction that is more challenging, productive, and involving.


Wednesday, February 25 2015

Death and Childhood Hover Over Guy Maddin's 'My Winnipeg'

The comic mythologizing of Winnipeg becomes conflated with an urge for Maddin to mythologize himself.

Monday, August 11 2014

Many Faces of Lady Whirlwind: 'The Angela Mao Ying Collection'

Angela Mao is wholesome and badass, a personality that, when brought to her fight scenes, immediately marks her as a star—although the scripts she was given don't often give her the chance to maximize that stardom.

Tuesday, July 1 2014

'Boy in the Twilight: Stories of the Hidden China' Is both Trivial and Expansive

There is nothing hidden about the world of these stories, and Yu Hua’s writing is defined by its plainspoken voice and depiction of quotidian lives.

Tuesday, February 25 2014

Ambitious and Ludicrous Satire: 'Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman: The Complete Series'

Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman looks more like an Andy Warhol production on cable access than a nationally syndicated Norman Lear sitcom.

Sunday, November 17 2013

If a Script Gets Written, But No One Produces It, Does It Still Make the Sound of a Laugh?

Hollywood Said No! is classic fan fodder, essentially inessential, and given the kind of loving attention to detail familiar from DVD box sets and limited edition doo-gadgets.

Bootleg Film [7.Dec.09]
Still Life [19.Feb.09]
Holiday Inn [12.Nov.08]
Reprise [21.May.08]
Mr. Warmth [18.Feb.08]
Missionary Man [27.Jan.08]
Commune [30.Oct.07]
Cria Cuervos [20.Sep.07]
If . . . (1968) [12.Jul.07]
Empires: Napoleon [30.Nov.06]
Clean (2004) [5.Nov.06]
Keeping Mum (2005) [14.Sep.06]
Water (2005) [13.Sep.06]
Oh! Calcutta! [9.Aug.06]
American Inventor [22.Mar.06]
Coney Island [21.Mar.06]
Rome [27.Nov.05]
Situation: Comedy [25.Jul.05]
A Current Affair [3.Apr.05]
Showbiz Tonight [27.Mar.05]
Making the Band 3 [20.Mar.05]


Friday, February 26 2010

Lost in Translations

Wednesday, February 17 2010

The iPad Cometh

Monday, February 8 2010

Analyzing Oscar's Best Adaptations

Sunday, November 29 2009

10 Years of Rialto Pictures: 10 Discs Box Set

10 Years of Rialto Pictures: 10 Discs Box Set - Criterion [$149.95]

Eclipse Series 4 - Raymond Bernard [$39.95] (Consuming Consumables) [16.Dec.07]
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