This extraordinarily tender yet epic and incisive portrait of mid-century Taiwan is one of film’s great fumblings towards an elusive truth.
16 Aug 2016
Olivia Laing mixes art criticism and memoir; effectively synthesizing these two modes of writing so that the personal elevates the analysis, with a sizable emotional heft.
24 May 2016
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.
11 Aug 2014
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.
01 Jul 2014
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman looks more like an Andy Warhol production on cable access than a nationally syndicated Norman Lear sitcom.
25 Feb 2014
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.
17 Nov 2013
David Lazar's writing in Occasional Desire: Essays is personal yet scholarly, funny yet melancholy, familiar and warm, yet experimental and original.
31 Oct 2013
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.
15 Aug 2013
Pierre Étaix’s movies are imaginative and carefully composed, with a distinctive and accomplished vision that deserves rediscovery.
05 Jun 2013
There's a creative tension between wanting to capture a documentary sense of reality and the expressionist visuals used to capture the characters’ psychological reality.
15 May 2013
A good portion of this book reads like the work of a funny and provocative professor finally putting his thoughts to paper, yet still tied to the same syllabus he’s been forced to teach for 30 years.
11 Dec 2012
Like the Picasso painting on its cover, this book is about the intersection between representation, image, and the making of art and how this in turn affects our manner of seeing the world around us.
10 Oct 2012
A dry absurdist sense of humor mixed with moments of surrealism, satiric jabs at the Communist government disguised as a critique of corrupt and inept power in general —these were the commonalities among a group of Czechoslovak directors that could be widely disparate in their styles.
23 Aug 2012
This has the patchwork quality of a work from a still gestating writer, but Tom McCarthy’s voice and chief obsessions, mainly the intersections and missed connections between people and technologies, are very much in evidence.
19 Mar 2012
The many characters in The Descendants create a complex Venn diagram of Matt King’s community and a larger rumination on their interlocking pain, anger, and love.
18 Oct 2011
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