Region: America

Frederick Wiseman: Reasoned Arguments

This interview was originally posted at Senses of Cinema.

Sep 30, 2013
Category: Film, Interviews

To the Wonder (Malick, 2012)

This essay was originally published at Mubi.

Nov 27, 2012
Category: Essays, Film

TIFF 2012 – Day 5

The Master (Anderson), Once Upon a Time Was I, Veronica (Gomes), Birds (Abrantes), and Viola (Piñeiro).

Sep 10, 2012
Category: Festivals, Film, Film Responses

TIFF 2012 – Day 4

Like Someone in Love (Kiarostami), Far from Vietnam, Tower (Radwanski), and August and After (Dorsky).

Sep 9, 2012
Category: Festivals, Film, Film Responses

TIFF 2012 – Day 1

In Another Country (Hong), Laurence Anyways (Dolan), Argo (Affleck), and, Tabu (Gomes).

Sep 6, 2012
Category: Festivals, Film, Film Responses

575 Castro St.

When I spoke to Olson after the screening, she told me how overwhelming it was to visit the set, to listen to Milk’s voice, and to know that it was here — right here — that he contemplated his imminent murder. She’s translated that experience well to her film, which is ghostly and deeply moving. But, of course, it wasn’t right here that Milk made his tape. This is a meticulously dressed set.

May 7, 2009
Category: Festivals, Film, Film Responses

2009 SFIFF Diary 2

Heddy Honigmann’s Oblivion, Frazer Bradshaw’s Everything Strange and New, Claire Denis’s 35 Shots of Rum (yes, again), Javor Gardev’s Zift, and Mikheil Kalatozishvili’s Wild Field.

Apr 30, 2009
Category: Festivals, Film, Film Responses

Films of the ’80s (part 1)

Short responses to films by Maurice Pialat, William Friedkin, Louis Malle, Paul Schrader, Nicolas Roeg, Mike Leigh, and Michel Deville.

Apr 17, 2009
Category: Film, Film Responses

A Death in the Family (1957)

I just found this intro to an essay I never wrote and thought the quotes were worth posting.

Apr 1, 2009
Category: Words

St. Nick (2009)

American “regional” cinema (again with the ironic scare quotes), especially that of the indie variety, has an unfortunate tendency to come off like tourism, in the sense that the camera is too often set up in front of objects that only reinforce our preexisting sense of the place. “The South,” for example, is often reduced to a now-vacant and picturesque block of what was once a small town’s main street before the interstate and Wal-Mart moved in.

Mar 6, 2009
Category: Film, Film Responses