Festivals

Lisandro Alonso: Who’s John Ford?

This interview was originally published at Senses of Cinema.

Apr 14, 2009
Category: Festivals, Film, Interviews

Albert Serra: Iconic Images

This interview was originally published at Senses of Cinema.

Apr 14, 2009
Category: Festivals, Film, Interviews

Claire Denis: Dancing Reveals So Much

This interview was originally published at Senses of Cinema.

Apr 14, 2009
Category: Festivals, Film, Interviews

New Directions: The 33rd Toronto International Film Festival

This essay was originally published at Senses of Cinema.

Feb 2, 2009
Category: Essays, Festivals, Film

Nathaniel Dorsky: Manifesting the Ineffable

This interview was originally published at Mubi.

Oct 2, 2008
Category: Festivals, Film, Interviews

TIFF ’08 Wrap-Up

Here’s a quick breakdown of what I saw, more or less in order of preference. I’m never sure how to handle the Wavelengths shorts, so I’ve included several of them that I thought were especially strong and arbitrarily omitted others. Wavelengths was, without question, the highlight of TIFF for me this year.

Sep 16, 2008
Category: Festivals, Film

RR (2007)

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Railroad (with apologies to Wallace Stevens)

Sep 9, 2008
Category: Festivals, Film, Film Responses

Revanche and Delta

I’ve developed a lazy habit of saying that I don’t particularly care what a film is about; I care what it does formally. But, while well-directed and wonderfully performed, the standout feature of Gotz Spielmann’s Revanche is the story, which, particularly over the last 80 minutes, is perfectly constructed.

Sep 5, 2008
Category: Festivals, Film, Film Responses

Anticipating TIFF (2008)

The Toronto International Film Festival is always the most highly anticipated week-and-a-half of my year, but this time around my eagerness to go watch movies, hang out with friends, and wander around a great city is being trumped by the more basic and urgent need for a vacation. I’m deep-down-in-the-bones tired and I can’t wait to get away and be a different version of myself for 11 days. When I got home last year, I told Joanna that Toronto has become my mistress. I’ll stand by that metaphor.

Aug 30, 2008
Category: Festivals, Film

The Unknown (1927)

Melodrama is a matter of narrative and performance style, of course, but, particularly in silent cinema, the core of melodrama is mise-en-scene.

Jul 24, 2008
Category: Festivals, Film, Film Responses