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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.


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.

Thursday, October 31 2013

It's Refreshing to Read an Essay That's Not Trying to Tap Dance Its Way Into Your Heart

David Lazar's writing in Occasional Desire: Essays is personal yet scholarly, funny yet melancholy, familiar and warm, yet experimental and original.

Thursday, August 15 2013

The Bette Davis of Japan and Her Performance in 'The Life of Oharu'

Kinuyo Tanaka faithfully portrays different aspects Oharu – pride, vanity, sensitivity, despondency, impetuousness, devout motherhood, and lust – in a manner that is both kaleidoscopic yet realistic.

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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