The Strange Little Cat (2013)

This article was originally published at 2013 AFI Fest.

Nov 10, 2013
Category: Essays, Film

Frederick Wiseman: Reasoned Arguments

This interview was originally posted at Senses of Cinema.

Sep 30, 2013
Category: Film, Interviews

Jia Zhangke: Confronting the Darkness

This interview was originally published at Mubi.

Sep 30, 2013
Category: Film, Interviews

Catherine Breillat: Material Desires

This interview was originally posted at Mubi.

Sep 25, 2013
Category: Film, Interviews

Grading Movies

I’ve never written for a publication that required grades, and I’ve always been firmly opposed to the idea on principle. Art shouldn’t be so casually and arbitrarily measured, obviously. But I’m beginning to have a change of heart.

Jun 21, 2013
Category: Film

2013 Film Diary

A day-by-day viewing log of my filmwatching habits in 2013, beginning with David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis (2012) and ending with . . .

Jan 1, 2013
Category: Film, Lists

To the Wonder (Malick, 2012)

This essay was originally published at Mubi.

Nov 27, 2012
Category: Essays, Film

Because every kid needs a . . .

The Sweet Hereafter play set.

Nov 21, 2012
Category: Film

Three Sisters (2012)

Wang introduced Three Sisters as “a simple film” that “might be too long.” I appreciate his humility (a hallmark of his filmmaking, too), but I think he’s wrong on both counts. There’s nothing simple about this precise assemblage of footage collected during several visits to the girls’ remote farming village, and the length of the film is, in fact, essential to its success.

Oct 14, 2012
Category: Festivals, Film, Film Responses

Favorite Films of the ’90s

Thanks to the AV Club, film nerds everywhere are declaring their favorite films of the 1990s. I spent all of five minutes on mine, which is why they’re alphabetized.

Oct 10, 2012
Category: Film, Lists