Essays

The Strange Little Cat (2013)

This article was originally published at 2013 AFI Fest.

Nov 10, 2013
Category: Essays, Film

To the Wonder (Malick, 2012)

This essay was originally published at Mubi.

Nov 27, 2012
Category: Essays, Film

Nostalgia, Chaos, and Moments of Ecstasy: The 36th Toronto International Film Festival

This essay was originally published at Senses of Cinema.

Dec 18, 2011
Category: Essays, Festivals, Film

Les rendez-vous d’Anna (1978)

This essay was originally published at Mubi.

Jul 5, 2010
Category: Essays, Film, Film Responses

Tren de Sombras (1997)

This essay was originally published at Senses of Cinema.

Apr 14, 2009
Category: Essays, Film, Film Responses

New Directions: The 33rd Toronto International Film Festival

This essay was originally published at Senses of Cinema.

Feb 2, 2009
Category: Essays, Festivals, Film

Pedro Costa’s “Vanda Trilogy” and the Limits of Narrative Cinema as a Contemplative Art

This essay was originally published in Faith and Spirituality in Masters of World Cinema (2008), edited by Kenneth Morefield for Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Dec 14, 2008
Category: Essays, Film

Abel Ferrara’s Battle with the Irrational

To watch the body of Abel Ferrara’s films, as I’ve tried my best to do over the last month and a half, is to see a man wrestling obsessively — sadomasochistically, even — with the Irrational. The stylized violence, the scenery-chewing performances, the gratuitous and exploitative female nudity — all are window dressing. What’s at stake here is nothing less than the very possibility of grace.

Mar 27, 2006
Category: Essays, Film

Diving Deep into Caveh Zahedi’s In the Bathtub of the World

This essay was presented at the 2005 conference of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association.

Nov 7, 2005
Category: Essays, Film

Fallen Creatures in a Fallen World: The Films of John Cassavetes

This essay was originally published at Sojourners.

Mar 1, 2005
Category: Essays, Film