Wavelengths

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 3

Gebo and the Shadow (de Oliveira), differently, Molussia (Rey), and Night Across the Street (Ruiz).

Sep 8, 2012
Category: Festivals, Film, Film Responses

TIFF 2012 – Day 2

Barbara (Petzold), Mekong Hotel (Apitchatpong), Big in Vietnam (Diop), Sightseers (Wheatley), Student (Omirbayev), and Wavelengths 1.

Sep 7, 2012
Category: Festivals, Film, Film Responses

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

James Benning: Naked Repose

This interview was originally published at Mubi.

Oct 7, 2011
Category: Festivals, Film, Interviews

Phantoms of Nabua and a Letter to Uncle Boonmee

There are ways of “decoding” this film, I suppose — the soccer ball as a synecdoche for military armaments, the cinema as documentarian, the hovering florescent light as ghost (or Ghost) — but reducing Apitchatpong’s films to points on a symbolic answer key seems beside the point.

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

Wavelengths: Tamalpais and Hotel Roccalba

Short responses to Chris Kennedy’s Tamalpais and Josef Dabernig’s Hotel Roccalba.

Aug 28, 2009
Category: Festivals, Film, Film Responses

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

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