Genre: Experimental

Lumphini 2552

My tendency when describing a film like Lumphini 2552 is to fall back on Modernist rallying cries like that old Ezra Pound chestnut, “Make it new!” Maybe a useful way to think of Nishikawa’s film is as a beautifully defamiliarized — and uniquely cinematic — landscape.

Aug 27, 2009
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

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

Nathaniel Dorsky: Manifesting the Ineffable

This interview was originally published at Mubi.

Oct 2, 2008
Category: Festivals, Film, Interviews

RR (2007)

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

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

2007 TIFF Day 5

The Coen brothers’ No County for Old Men, Anahi Berneri’s Encarnacion, Shekhar Kapur’s Elizabeth: The Golden Age, and Bruce McClure’s Everytwo Circumflicksrent…Page 298.

Sep 13, 2007
Category: Festivals, Film, Film Responses

2007 TIFF Day 4

Lucia Puenzo’s XXY, Lee Chang-dong’s Secret Sunshine, Saverio Costanzo’s In Memory of Myself, Hannes Schupbach’s Erzahlung, and Heinz Emigholz’s Schindler’s Houses.

Sep 13, 2007
Category: Festivals, Film, Film Responses

2007 TIFF Day 3

Naomi Kawase’s Mourning Forest, Bela Tarr’s The Man from London, Jia Zhang-ke’s Useless, John Gianvito’s Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind, and Ute Aurand and Maria Lang’s The Butterfly in Winter.

Sep 12, 2007
Category: Festivals, Film, Film Responses

2007 TIFF Days 1 and 2

Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, Wang Bing’s Fengming, A Chinese Memoir, Hou Hsiao-hsien’s Le Voyage du Ballon Rouge, Peter Hutton’s At Sea, and Sandra Kogut’s Mutum.

Sep 7, 2007
Category: Festivals, Film, Film Responses