Saturday, December 30, 2017

ENG 282: 2015 - 2019

2015:

3 Generations (USA: Gaby Dellal, 2015: 92 mins)

Harvey, Dennis. "How Movies Have Handled Trans Awareness." Keyframe (May 4, 2017) ["3 GENERATIONS and other film portraits of boundary-pushing gender diversity."]

3 and 1/2 Minutes (USA: Marc Silver, 2015: 85 mins)

Davis, Ron, Lucia McBath and Marc Silver. "Black Lives Matter: New Film on Jordan Davis Captures Family’s Struggle to Convict White Vigilante." Democracy Now (January 26, 2015)

45 Years (UK: Andrew Haigh, 2015: 95 mins)

Lee, Kevin B. "Video Evidence: Oscar 2016, Best Actress." Keyframe (January 20, 2016)

The Academy of Muses (Spain: José Luis Guerin, 2015: 92 mins)

López, Cristina Álvarez. Back to School at The Academy of Muses: Get ready for a pop quiz on the geometries of desire." Keyframe (September 2, 2016)

Advantageous (USA: Jennifer Phang, 2015: 90 min)

Kolb, Leigh. "Advantageous Is a Dystopian Sci-Fi About All-Too-Real Beauty Standards." Bitch (July 9, 2015)

A Good American (Austria: Friedrich Moser, 2015: 100 mins)

Moser, Friedrich. "A Good American." Film School (February 3, 2017) [" Friedrich Moser’s eye-opening A Good American soberly unfolds the deeply disturbing story of how corruption, lies and personal ambitions led to the closure of a cheap and effective monitoring system that demonstrably could have stopped the 9/11 terrorist attacks. "]

American Crime (ABC TV Series: John Ridley, 2015 - )

O'Connell, Joe. "Crime and Consequences." The Austin Chronicle (February 27, 2015) ["American Crime creator John Ridley talks about shooting in Austin, faith, race, and Felicity Huffman'"]

April and the Extraordinary World (France/Belgium/Canada: Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci, 2015: 105 mins)

"April and the Extraordinary World / Songs from the Second Floor." Filmspotting #585 (May 13, 2016) ["Comic artist Jacques Tardi is little known in the U.S but revered in his native France. His expressionistic, historical graphic novels are the inspiration for the new animated film APRIL & THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD, which just opened in limited release."]

Arabian Nights: Volume 1 - The Restless One  (Portugal/France/Germany/Switzerland: Miguel Gomes, 2015: 125 mins)/Arabian Nights: Volume 2 - The Desolate One  (Portugal/France/Germany/Switzerland: Miguel Gomes, 2015: 131 mins)/Arabian Nights: Volume 3 - The Enchanted One  (Portugal/France/Germany/Switzerland: Miguel Gomes, 2015: 125 mins)

Thirlwell, Adam. "A Thousand Movies in One." NYR Daily (February 3, 2016)

Avengers: Age of Ultron (USA: Joss Whedon, 2015: 141 mins)

Rosso, Jason Di. "Avengers: Age of Ultron." Final Cut (April 24, 2015)

A War (Denmark: Tobias Lindholm, 2015: 115 mins)

"Watch an 80-Minute Talk with the Directors Behind 2016’s Best Foreign Language Film Nominees." The Film Stage (January 14, 2016)

Baskin (Turkey/USA: Can Evrenol, 2015: 97 mins)

Bradley, S.A. "Shut Up and Watch the Movie (Part One)." Hellbent for Horror #42 (May 29, 2017)

Beasts of No Nation (USA: Cary Joji Fukunaga, 2015: 137 mins)

Fukunaga, Cary Joji. "Beasts of No Nation." (Screenplay: May 8, 2014)

Mudede, Charles. "The Devils and Angels of African Cinema."  Keyframe (November 5, 2015)

Bitter Lake (UK: Adam Curtis, 2015: 136 mins)

Stewart-Ahn, Aaron. "How Adam Curtis' film Bitter Lake will change everything you believe about news." Boing Boing (March 19, 2015)

Bone Tomahawk (USA/UK: S. Craig Zahler, 2015: 132 mins)

Bradley, S.A. "Shut Up and Watch the Movie (Part One)." Hellbent for Horror #42 (May 29, 2017)

Gordon, Emily and April Wolfe. "Bone Tomahawk." Switchblade Sisters #1 (November 9, 2017) ["On the debut episode of Switchblade Sisters, April talks with the writer and producer of The Big Sick, Emily Gordon. Things get gruesome quickly as the two of them discuss the 2015 horror-western, Bone Tomahawk. April and Emily examine what makes the movie so good; the insane violence, the heartbreaking monologues, the beautiful cinematography. Plus, Emily talks about the making of The Big Sick and how she uses her psychology background in her writing."]

Booger Red (USA: Berndt Mader, 2015: 96 mins)

Bennett, Opal Hope, Berndt Made and Onur Tukel. "Booger Red." Filmwax Radio (May 21, 2016)

Born to Be Blue (Canada/USA: Robert Budreau, 2015: 97 mins)

Cassidy, Brendan and J.D. Duran. "Born to Be BlueInfiltrator." InSession Film (July 22, 2016) ["Ethan Hawke’s latest indie film and the second great jazz movie to come out in 2016, Born to Be Blue. We also review The Infiltrator, starring the great Bryan Cranston."]

The Brand New Testament (Belgium/France/Luxembourg: Jaco Van Dormael, 2015: 113 mins)

"Watch an 80-Minute Talk with the Directors Behind 2016’s Best Foreign Language Film Nominees." The Film Stage (January 14, 2016)

Bridgend (Denmark: Jeppe Rønde, 2015: 95 mins)

Axmaker, Sean. "Jeppe Rønde’s Trueness to Life, and Death: How the BRIDGEND director won trust within one town ravaged by a suicide epidemic." Keyframe (May 6, 2016)

Bridge of Spies (USA/Germany/India: Steven Spielberg, 2015: 142 mins)


Adams, Sam. "The Rule Book – Bridge of Spies and the shifting Constitutional battleground." Little White Lies (November 11, 2016) ["Steven Spielberg’s spy drama is an important reminder that being American is not a matter of where you were born but what you believe."]

Lee, Kevin B. "Video Evidence: Oscar 2016, Best Supporting Actor." Keyframe (January 26, 2016)

Brooklyn (Ireland/UK/Canada: John Crowley, 2015: 111 mins)

Lee, Kevin B. "Video Evidence: Oscar 2016, Best Actress." Keyframe (January 20, 2016)


Framing the Picture: Favorite Films of 2015 from Matt Marlin on Vimeo.



Cartel Land (Mexico/USA: Matthew Heineman, 2015: 102 mins)

Heineman, Matthew. "Cartel Land Blurs the Borders of Good and Evil." On the Media (February 26, 2016)

Chapter and Verse (USA: Jamal Joseph, 2015: 97 mins)

DuVernay, Ava, et al. "Ava DuVernay / Jamal Joseph." The Close-Up #93 (July 20, 2016)  ["The Opening Night selection will be the new film from SELMA director Ava DuVernay, THE 13TH, which explores the American prison industry and the horrors of mass criminalization. Eugene Hernandez caught up with DuVernay in Los Angeles over the weekend to discuss the project. In part two of this week's episode, we're sharing an inspirational panel from last month's Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Following a screening of CHAPTER & VERSE, a film about a reformed gang leader who struggles to re-enter society after eight years in prison, director Jamal Joseph joined lead actor Daniel Beatty and producers Cheryl Hill and Jonathan Singer to talk about racism, gang violence, gentrification, and what it means to forge your own destiny in an outwardly harsh society."]

The Childhood of a Leader (UK/Hungary: Brady Corbet, 2015: 115 mins)

Hudson, David. "Venice 2015 | Brady Corbet’s The Childhood of a Leader." Keyframe (September 13, 2015) ["Winner of the Lion of the Future, Venice’s award for a debut feature, and the Orizzonti Award for Best Director."]

Cosmos (France/Portugal: Andrzej Zulawski, 2015: 103 mins)

"The Fits (Anna Rose Holmer interview) // Andrzej Zulawski's Cosmos." The Playlist (July 2016)

Kwiatkowski, Al and Brad Strauss. "Andrzej Zulawski." Director's Club #126 (March 14, 2017)

Daddy's Home (USA: Sean Anders, 2015: 96 mins)

Bordwell, David. "Pick Your Protagonists." Observations on Film Art (January 9, 2016)

The Danish Girl (UK/Belgium/USA: Tom Hooper, 2015: 119 mins)

Lee, Kevin B. "Video Evidence: Oscar 2016, Best Actor." Keyframe (January 19, 2016)

---. "Video Evidence: Oscar 2016, Best Supporting Actress." Keyframe (January 28, 2016)

The Demons (Canada: Philippe Lesage, 2015: 118 mins)


De Palma (USA: Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow, 2015: 107 mins)

Appen, Joe von and Erik McClanahan. "De Palma // Carlito's Way." Adjust Your Tracking (June 13, 2016)

Baumbach, Noah, et al. "Brian De Palma." Film Comment Podcast (June 3, 2016)

Dheepan (France: Jacques Audiard, 2015: 115 mins)

Cassidy, Brendan, J.D. Duran and Vince Leo. "DheepanThings to Come." In Session Film (December 10, 2016)

The Dying of the Light (USA: Peter Flynn, 2015: 95 mins)

Bricklemyer, Chris and Peter Flynn. "Special Report: The Dying of the Light." The Projection Booth (May 29, 2016)

Eisenstein in Guanajuato (Netherlands/Belgium/Finland/Mexico/France: Peter Greenaway, 2015: 105 mins)

Liz, Luiza. "Peter Greenaway and the Language of Film." (Posted on Youtube: July 25, 2016)

Entertainment (USA: Rick Alverson, 2015: 103 mins)

Anderson, Barry, et al. "Rick Alverson Arrives! (2010-2015)." Illusion Travels by Streetcar (December 10, 2015)

Lee, Kevin B. "Into the Void: Films by Rick Alverson." Keyframe (June 12, 2015)

Enter the Faun (USA: Tamar Rogoff and Daisy Wright, 2015: 68 mins)

Monihan, Maximon, Daisy Wright and Isaac Zablocki. "How Do You Make Movies About Invisible People?" No Film School (May 23, 2016) 

The Expanse (SyFy Channel: Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, 2015 - )

Armfield, Billy and James Hancock. "The Expanse - What Science Fiction is All About." Wrong Reel #257 (April 2017)

Krishna, Swapna. "Science vs. The Expanse: Is It Possible to Colonize Our Solar System." Tor (February 27, 2017)

Far From the Madding Crowd (UK/USA: Thomas Vinterberg, 2015: 119 mins)

Swinney, Jacob T. "12 Essential Women Cinematographers." Keyframe (August 10, 2016)

The Fencer (Finland/Estonia/Germany: Klaus Härö, 2015: 93 mins)

"Watch an 80-Minute Talk with the Directors Behind 2016’s Best Foreign Language Film Nominees." The Film Stage (January 14, 2016)

Frenzy (Turkey/France/Qatar: Emin Alper, 2015: )

"Venice + Toronto 2015 | Emin Alper’s Frenzy." Keyframe (September 14, 2015) ["Winner of the Special Jury Prize in Venice."]

Hitchcock/Truffaut (France/USA: Kent Jones, 2015: 79 mins) 

Kent Jones, Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen.  "Top 5 Film Books / Kent Jones Interview (Hitchcock/Truffaut)." Filmspotting #565 (December 4, 2015)

Kilkenny, Katie. "Geeking Out to Hitchcock/Truffaut."  Los Angeles Review of Books (December 5, 2015)

Homeland (Iraq Year Zero)  (Iraq/France: Abbas Fahdel, 2015: 334 mins)


Debuysere, Stoffel. "Dissent! Abbas Fahdel." Diagonal Thoughts (May 14, 2016)

How He Fell In Love (USA: Marc Meyers, 2015: 107 mins)

Meyers, Mark. "How He Fell in Love." Film School (July 8, 2016) ["Travis (Matt McGorry), a young struggling musician, crosses paths with Ellen (Amy Hargreaves), an older married yoga teacher who is trying to adopt a child with her husband. Travis and Ellen begin an affair that slowly deepens into something more intimate and profound. As their encounters continue, Ellen is confronted with her failing marriage while Travis must face the consequences of his actions.  Written and directed by Marc Meyers (HARVEST) and stars Matt McGorry (Orange is the New Black)Amy Hargreaves (Homeland, BLUE RUIN), Britne Oldford (American Horror Story) and veteran film and theatre actor Mark Blum (Mozart in the Jungle). Director Marc Meyers joins us for a conversation on managing the responsibilities of writing, producing and directing his own unforgettably intimate film."]

I Am Gangster (Germany/USA: Moritz Rechenberg, 2015: 105 mins)

Rechenberg, Moritz. "I Am Gangster." Film School (June 8, 2016) 

Inside Out (USA: Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen, 2015: 95 mins)

Galibert-Laîné, Chloé. "Why Framing Matters in Movies." Keyframe (January 1, 2016)

The Invitation (USA: Karyn Kusama, 2015: 100 mins)

Reilly, Phoebe. "From Babadook to Raw: The Rise of the Modern Female Horror Filmmaker." Rolling Stone (October 27, 2016)

I Saw the Light (USA: Marc Abraham, 2015: 123 mins)

Abraham, Marc and Tom Hiddleston. "I Saw the Light, a new biopic on Hank Williams." Charlie Rose (March 23, 2016)

James White (USA: Josh Mond, 2015: 85 mins)

Appen, Joe von and Erik McClanahan. "Over the Borderline." Adjust Your Tracking #118 (November 13, 2015) [" Joe and Erik talk about James White, the latest indie feature from the borderline films collective. We’ve championed this group in the past, responsible for previous AYT favorites Martha Marcy May MarleneSimon Killer and Southcliffe. It’s another small film that deserves a larger audience than the one it will get. Look out for it. Lastly, a chat about Joe’s latest pick for our favorite segment, HOLD UP: Pump Up the Volume."]

Jessica Jones (Netflix: Melissa Rosenberg, 2015 - )

Misra, Sulagna. "20 Marvel Firsts in Jessica Jones." Vulture (November 24, 2015)

Riesman, Abraham. "Jessica Jones Has Hot Sex and Nuanced Sexuality (Especially for a Marvel Show)." Vulture (October 12, 2015)

Jurassic World (USA/China: Colin Trevorrow, 2015: 124 mins)

Sabo, Lee Weston. "Notes on a Stupid Dinosaur Movie: Jurassic World and the Hollywood Blockbuster." Bright Lights Film Journal (June 15, 2015)

Knock Knock (USA/Chile: Eli Roth, 2015: 99 mins)

Traynor, Dyan, et al. "Special Report: Death Game Redux." The Projection Booth (May 22, 2016)

Korla (USA: John Turner, 2015: 72 mins)

Christensen, Eric, et al. "Special Report: Korla." The Projection Booth (July 17, 2016) ["Incredibly skilled at the keyboard, Korla Pandit came into the houses of California housewives during the '50s with his hypnotic stare and tunes. The documentary film Korla tells the story of Pandit's life and the secret with which he lived for years. Special guests director John Turner and producer Eric Christensen talk about making the documentary. Rob St. Mary joins Mike to discuss the film, exotica music, and more."]

Kryptonite (Argentina: Nicanor Loreti, 2015: 80 mins)

Pellegrini, Guido. "Genre Sampling: On Iranian Vampires, Adolescent Demons, Long Nights and Shards of Kryptonite." Vague Visages (December 2, 2016) 

La Belle at the Movies (UK/Belgium/Congo: Cecilia Zoppelletto, 2015: 67 mins)

McAuliffe, Colm. "The death of cinema in Congo: How churches killed off cowboy films." The Guardian (November 6, 2015)

Lamb (USA: Ross Partridge, 2015: 97 mins)

"Lamb." InSession Film (January 30, 2016)

Life in Color (USA: Katherine Emmer, 2015: 86 mins)

Emmer, Katherine. "Life in Color." Wrong Reel #139 (May 2016)

Louder Than Bombs (Norway/France/Denmark/USA: Joachim Trier, 2015: 109 mins)

Ihre, Jakob.  "Louder Than Bombs." American Cinematographer Podcasts #71 (May 27, 2016) ["Director of photography Jakob Ihre sits down with filmmaker Jim Hemphill to discuss his work on the acclaimed independent film Louder Than Bombs. Ihre discusses the role of the cinematographer in facilitating great performances, his ongoing collaboration with director Joachim Trier, being influenced by films including Ordinary People and The Breakfast Club, and how he finds visual corollaries for emotional states."]

Love (France/Belgium:  Gaspar Noé, 2015: 135 mins)

Sharett, Christopher. "The Function of Film Criticism at Any Time." Film International (April 29, 2017)

The Lure (Poland: Agnieszka Smoczynska, 2015: 92 mins)

Athanason, John. "The Lure (2015)." The Projection Booth #349 (November 17, 2017) ["Released in the United States as The Lure , Agnieszka Smoczynska's 2015 film Corki Dancinguis the story of two mermaids, Golden (Michalina Olszanska) and Silver (Marta Mazurek), who join the world of humans as singers at a dinner club. To say the least, the have a little trouble fitting in. Carol Borden (The Cultural Gutter) and David Rodgers (Bingecast) join Mike to discuss this modern take on Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid and Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué's Ondine."]

Fonte, Bears. "The Lure is no Little Mermaid." AMFM (July 19, 2016)

Magic Mike XXL (USA: Gregory Jacobs, 2015: 115 mins)

Hans, Simran. "Mike Drop – How Channing Tatum and President Obama redrew the template for masculinity." Little White Lies (November 6, 2016)

Maggie's Plan (USA: Rebecca Miller, 2015: 98 mins)

Miller, Rebecca, et al. "The Lobster / Rebecca Miller Interview / The Man Without a Past." Filmspotting #587 (May 27, 2016)

Miller, Rebecca, et al. "Maggie's Plan." The Close-Up #82 (May 4, 2016)

The Man in the High Castle (Amazon: Frank Spotnitz, 2015 - )

Spotnitz, Frank. "Amazon's The Man in the High Castle." The Treatment (December 2, 2015) ["Frank Spotnitz, writer and producer, is no stranger to science fiction and alternate realities from his work on The X-Files. He visits The Treatment to discuss the unsettling nature of a world where the Axis powers won World War II and how his outlook on life shades his visual adaptation of Philip K. Dick's novel."]

The Martian (USA/UK: Ridley Scott, 2015: 144 mins)

Goro, El. "Moon (2009) and The Martian (2015)." Talk without Rhythm (July 2, 2017) ["... two hard science fiction films engaging with the concept of isolation, loneliness, and Benedict Wong in a support role..."]

Lee, Kevin B. "Video Evidence: Oscar 2016, Best Actor." Keyframe (January 19, 2016)





Master of None (Netflix: Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, 2015 - )

Kalita, S. Mitra. "The 10 Secrets to Great Journalism Hidden Away in Master of None." Poynter (June 12, 2017)

The Measure of a Man (France: Stéphane Brizé, 2015: 93 mins)

Lucca, Violet, Wesley Morris and Amy Taubin. "Vincent Lindon + Masculinity." Film Comment (April 19, 2015)

The Meddler (USA: Lorene Scafaria, 2015: 100 mins)

Rosso, Jason Di. "The Meddler - review and interview with director Lorene Scafaria." The Final Cut (May 20, 2016)

Mia Madre (Italy/France/Germany: Nanni Moretti, 2015: 106 mins)

Rosso, Jason Di. "Mia madre - review and interview with director Nanni Moretti." The Final Cut (May 6, 2016)

Miles Ahead (USA: Don Cheadle, 2015: 100 mins)

Cheadle, Don. "Miles Ahead." The Treatment (April 13, 2016)

Hudson, David. "NYFF 2015 | Don Cheadle’s MILES AHEAD." Keyframe (October 12, 2015) [“As witty and knowing as Mr. Cheadle’s sly, whispery performance.”]

The Missing Girl (USA: A.D. Calvo, 2015: 89 mins)

"DAVID SCHWARTZ & ALIZA MA / ALEXIA RASMUSSEN / YAEL REUVENY." Filmwax Radio #266 (January 7, 2015)

Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation (China/Hong Kong/USA: Christopher McQuarrie, 2015: 131 mins)

Hart, David and Miranda Sajdak. "Mission Impossible Rogue Nation and Power Struggles in Relationships." Pop Culture Case Study (July 28, 2016)

Miss Sharon Jones (USA: Barbara Kopple, 2015: 93 mins)

Jones, Sharon and Barbara Kopple. "Talk Miss Sharon Jones." The Close-Up (July 28, 2016)

Mistress America (USA: Noah Baumbach, 2015: 84 mins)

"Mistress America / Top 5 Desert Island Directors." Filmspotting #552 (August 28, 2015)

Mr. Robot (USA channel: Sam Esmail, 2015 - )

Ratcliff, Travis Lee. "The Legacy of Paranoid Thrillers." (Posted on Vimeo: June 2017) ["Paranoid thrillers are constant in cinema's history, but at any given moment they reflect our specific anxieties back to us and reveal how we feel about our institutions. Here, I explore how paranoid thrillers crystalized as a genre in American cinema and examine the possibility of a contemporary renaissance in conspiracy fiction."]

Mustang (Turkey/France/Qatar/Germany: Deniz Gamze Ergüven, 2015: 97 mins)

Saunders, D.J.M. "Without Permission: Three Contemporary Feminist Films and One Classic (SuffragetteMustangUnder the ShadowWoman on the Run)."  Bright Lights Film Journal (JUne 2, 2017)

"Watch an 80-Minute Talk with the Directors Behind 2016’s Best Foreign Language Film Nominees." The Film Stage (January 14, 2016)

No Home Movie (Belgium/France: Chantal Ackerman, 2015: 115 mins)

Rapold, Nicholas. "Chantal Akerman Takes Emotional Path in Film About 'Maman'." The New York Times (August 6, 2015)

Olympic Pride, American Prejudice (Germany/USA: Deborah Riley Draper, 2015: 90 mins)

Draper, Deborah Riley. "Olympic Pride, American Prejudice: How 18 Black Olympians Defied Jim Crow & Hitler in 1936." Democracy Now (August 10, 2016)

The Other Side (France/Italy: Roberto Minervini, 2015: 92 mins)

López, Cristina Álvarez. "The Arresting Intimacy of The Other Side: No film in recent memory so astutely notices the full array of loving gestures."  Keyframe (May 20, 2016) 

 
 
 
 Pop Meets the Void (USA: William Cusick, 2015: 88 mins)

Cusick, William, Parker Dixon and Tara Maen. "William Cusick's Pop Meets the Void." Wrong Reel #168 (July 28, 2016)


 
 The Rainbow Kid (Canada: Kire Paputts, 2015: 93 mins)

Swinney, Jacob T. "12 Essential Women Cinematographers." Keyframe (August 10, 2016)

Right Now, Wrong Then (South Korea: Hong Sang-soo, 2015: 121 mins)

 
Goldsmith, Leo, et al. "Hong Sangsoo." Film Comment (June 14, 2016) ["Hong Sangsoo is a filmmaker who isn’t afraid to repeat himself. Fashioning narratives around lonesome or just pathetic male artists’ attempts at finding romantic connection, Hong’s films are characterized by their long takes and minute variations—a slightly off-center frame of two people talking, a digital zoom, a subtle readjustment of focus—that make us question what’s really going on in the scene."]

San Andreas (USA: Brad Peyton, 2015: 114 mins)

Hart, David and Miranda Sajdak. "San Andreas and the Death of a Child." Pop Culture Case Study #237 (May 27, 2017)

Sembene! (USA/Senegal: Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman, 2015: 82 mins)

Seitz, Matt Zoller. "Sembene!." Roger Ebert (November 6, 2015)

The Seventh Fire (USA: Jack Pettibone Riccobono, 2015: 76 mins)

Riccobono, Jack Pettibone. "The Seventh Fire." Film School (July 23, 2016) ["From executive producers Terrence Malick, Natalie Portman, and Chris Eyre comes this haunting and unflinching debut feature, THE SEVENTH FIRE, directed by Jack Pettibone Riccobono. When gang leader Rob Brown is sentenced to prison for a fifth time, he must confront his role in bringing violent drug culture into his beloved American Indian community in northern Minnesota. As Rob reckons with his past, his seventeen-year-old protégé, Kevin,dreams of the future: becoming the most powerful and feared Native gangster on the reservation."]

The Silences (Australia/New Zealand: Margot Nash, 2015: 73 mins)

Martin, Adrian. "Call Her Mum: Margot Nash's The Silences." The Lifted Brow (April 28, 2016)

Sisters (USA: Jason Moore, 2015: 118 mins)

Bordwell, David. "Pick Your Protagonists." Observations on Film Art (January 9, 2016)

Slow West (UK/New Zealand: John Maclean, 2015: 84 mins)

"Slow West / Top 5 Movie Posters." Filmspotting #538 (May 15, 2015)

The Stanford Prison Experiment (USA: Kyle Patrick Alvarez, 2015: 122 mins)

Pizarro, Dave, et al. "Situationism in Psych: Milgram & Stanford Prison Experiments (Part One)." Philosophize This (November 6, 2017) ["Do difficult situations make good people act badly? Are there really "good" and "bad" people, or are we all about the same, but put in different situations? Situationism is supported by Milgram's experiment, where most subjects could be easily pressured into delivering shocks to an innocent person (really an actor… punked!). A more immersive example was provided by The Stanford Prison Experiment, where students took on the roles of guard and prisoner, and quickly became sadistic and passive respectively. John Doris argues that situationism is a direct attack on virtue ethics, that really there is no such thing as a virtue like "bravery" or "generosity" that cuts across all sorts of situations. While there are of course consistent personality traits, these don't map against the virtues as depicted by Aristotle and our common cultural notions. Rather, they're more context-dependent, specific to certain types of situations."]

---. "Situationism in Psych: Milgram & Stanford Prison Experiments (Part Two)." Philosophize This (November 13, 2017) ["Continuing with Dave Pizarro on articles by Stanley Milgram, Philip Zimbardo, and John Doris about situationism, which entails that people's level of morality will vary by situation, as opposed to virtue ethics, which posits that how people will act in a novel situation will be determined by the quality of their character. We get into Doris's article, "Persons, Situations, and Virtue Ethics" (1998), where he argues against the traditional idea that we have virtues like "honesty." Instead, these traits are more situation-specific, so even someone who doesn't cheat on his or her taxes or spouse might well still steal candy. Doris sites a 1975 study by Levin and Isen where people who found a (planted) dime in a phone booth were much more likely to then help someone who dropped some papers as the subject was leaving the booth. Does this really show that helpfulness isn't a stable virtue in people, or is something else going on here and in Milgram's experiment? Does situationism excuse bad behavior? Would any one of us do just what most the citizens of Germany did during the Nazi regime if we were in that situation? Can we maybe train ourselves to better resist social pressure, not just in specific situations we've rehearsed in advance, but across the board?"]

Steve Jobs (USA/UK: Danny Boyle, 2015: 122 mins)

Lee, Kevin B. "Video Evidence: Oscar 2016, Best Actor." Keyframe (January 19, 2016)

---. "Video Evidence: Oscar 2016, Best Supporting Actress." Keyframe (January 28, 2016)

Stonewall (USA: Roland Emmerich, 2015: 129 mins)

Ehrenstein, David. "Myth Thing: What Stonewall Wasn't About." Keyframe (September 23, 2015)

Tanna (Australia/Vanuatu: Martin Butler and Bentley Dean, 2015: 104 mins)

Berghahn, Daniela. "Encounters with Cultural Difference: Cosmopolitanism and Exoticism in Tanna (Martin Butler and Bentley Dean, 2015) and Embrace of the Serpent (Ciro Guerra, 2015)." Alphaville #14 (2018)

Duran, J.D. and Vince Leo. "Toni ErdmannTanna." InSession Film (February 2017)

Then and Now with Andy Cohen (Bravo: 2015 - )

Greene, Doyle. "The More Things Change: Any Cohen's Then and Now." Film Criticism 42.3 (Autumn 2018)

Too Late (USA: Dennis Hauck, 2015: 107 mins)

Hauck, Dennis. "Too Late." The Treatment (August 10, 2016) ["Director Dennis Hauck joins Elvis Mitchell to discuss the importance of Techniscope and the 1962 film Carnival of Souls in his directorial debut Too Late."]

Trumbo (USA: Jay Roach, 2015: 124 mins)

Cranston, Bryan. "Trumbo." Charlie Rose (November 5, 2015)

Lee, Kevin B. "Video Evidence: Oscar 2016, Best Actor." Keyframe (January 19, 2016)

Truth (Australia/USA: James Vanderbilt, 2015: 121 mins)

Guillén, Michael. "Crafting Truth: James Vanderbilt." Keyframe (October 26, 2015)

Redford, Robert. "40 Years After All the President's Men, Redford Plays Another Journo Challenging Power in Truth."  Democracy Now (January 26, 2016)

Under the Dome (China: Jing Chai, 2015: 104 mins)

Wong, Edward. "China Blocks Web Access to Under the Dome Documentary on Pollution." The New York Times (March 7, 2015)

The Violators (UK: Helen Walsh, 2015: 101 mins)

Thicknes, Holly. "Examining the Trauma of Child Abuse in Wildlike and The Violators." Another Gaze (Jabuary 17, 2016)

Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt (Canada/Israel: Ada Ushpiz, 2015: 125 mins)

Jones, Kathleen B. "The Idea of a Common World: Ada Ushpiz’s Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt." The Los Angeles Review of Books (April 29, 2016)

Song, C.S. "Hannah Arendt's Life and Ideas." Against the Grain (May 15, 2017)

Viva (Ireland/Cuba: Paddy Breathnach, 2015: 100 mins)

"Watch an 80-Minute Talk with the Directors Behind 2016’s Best Foreign Language Film Nominees." The Film Stage (January 14, 2016)

We Are Still Here (USA: Ted Geoghegan, 2015: 84 mins)

Bradley, S.A. "Shut Up and Watch the Movie (Part One)." Hellbent for Horror #42 (May 29, 2017)

White Rabbit (USA: Bill Kinder, 2015: 87 mins)

Kinder, Bill. "When Soldiers Come Home in the Movies: The post-war experience as told in tropes." Keyframe (November 11, 2015)

The Witness (USA: James D. Solomon, 2015: 89 mins)

Davis, Saela, et al. "The Fits and The Witness." The Close-Up (June 1, 2016) ["The Witness, a new documentary by James Solomon, follows the brother of Kitty Genovese as he attempts to sort through the muddled media reports regarding his sister’s tragic death. The 1964 murder was famously reported by The New York Times, who alleged that dozens of bystanders sat in their apartments in Queens ignoring the woman’s cries for help. In recent years, the Times coverage was scrutinized for its alleged distortion of the facts in service of a sensationalist agenda. "]

Genovese, Bill and Jim Solomon. "The Witness." Filmwax Radio #354 (June 4, 2016)

You Better Take Cover (Australia: Harry Hayes, 2015: 29 mins)

Hayes, Harry. "You Better Take Cover." See Hear #31 (August 7, 2016)



2016:

10 Cloverfield Lane (USA: Dan Tachtenberg, 2016: 104 mins)

Bradley, S.A. "You Will Be Assimilated: Science Fiction and Horror." Hellbent for Horror #32 (February 8, 2017)


13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (USA: Michael Bay, 2016: 144 mins)

Art of the Title. "Know Your 2017 Below-the-Line Oscar Nominees." The Film Stage (January 30, 2017) ["The major below-the-line categories are Cinematography, Production Design, Sound Editing/Mixing, Visual Effects, Costume Design, and Makeup and Hairstyling . On the best productions (including those that the Academy labels Best Picture), the work of these crucial visual elements often blend together so seamlessly that it's hard to pick their creators' work.Thankfully, Art of The Film has created a series of supercuts called Oscars in One Minute that isolate the work of these artists so we can fully recognize their importance and beauty within each respective production."]

Maas, Peter. "Michael Bay's Benghazi Blockbuster Flop." On the Media (January 22, 2016)

Abortion: Stories Women Tell (USA: Tracy Droz Dragos, 2016: 92 mins)

Tragos, Tracy Droz. "Abortion: Stories Women Tell." Film School (August 11, 2016)  ["In 1973 the U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade recognized the right of every woman in the United States to have an abortion. Since 2011, over half the states in the nation have significantly restricted access to abortions. In 2016, abortion remains one of the most divisive issues in America, especially in Missouri, where only one abortion clinic remains open, patients and their doctors must navigate a 72-hour waiting period, and each year sees more restrictions. Awarding-winning director and Missouri native Tracy Droz Tragossheds new light on the contentious issue with a focus not on the debate, but rather on the women themselves – those struggling with unplanned pregnancies, the providers who show up at clinics to give medical care, as well as the activists on both sides of the issue hoping to sway decisions and lives. Tragos’ illuminating documentary Abortion: Stories Women Tell offers an intimate window into the lives of these women through their personal stories. Some are heartbreaking and tender some are bleak and frightening; some women, on both sides of the issue, find the choice easy to make due to their own circumstances and beliefs, while others simply inform us of the strength and capacity of women to overcome and persevere through complicated and unexpected circumstances. Director and producer Tracy Droz Tragos joins us for a conversation on one of the most contentious and intractable issues facing women and her beautifully balanced, heart wrenching and moving documentary."]

All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception and the Spirit of I.F. Stone (Canada: Fred Peabody, 2016: 91 mins)

Peabody, Fred. "All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone." Film School (November 4, 2016) ["ALL GOVERNMENTS LIE: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone is a timely documentary for audiences who are increasingly seeking alternatives to news media owned by large corporations. News events and journalistic trailblazers stretching over many decades are linked together to tell this important story. This film will resonate with audiences in the US and worldwide, as news media ownership increasingly falls into the hands of a few giant corporations."]

---. "Through the Lens: All Governments Lie." Radio West (February 1, 2017) ["we continue our Through the Lens series with Fred Peabody’s documentary film All Governments Lie. It’s inspired by the work of I.F. Stone, an investigative journalist and gadfly in the early 1950s to the `70s. Stone’s modern torchbearers—journalists like Matt Taibbi, Glenn Greenwald, Amy Goodman and others profiled in the film—produce their adversarial journalism outside mainstream media. Peabody joins us Wednesday to discuss the value of alternative news and the role of independent journalists."]

Always Shine (USA: Sophia Takal, 2016: 85 mins)

Landekic, Lola. "Always Shine (2016)." Art of the Title (March 23, 2017)

Antibirth (Canada/USA: Danny Perez, 2016: 94 mins)

Richards, Jill. "Pussy Wars." Los Angeles Review of Books (March 24, 2017)

Aquarius (Brazil/France: Kleber Mendonça Filho, 2016: 142 mins)

Assayas, Olivier, Alison Maclean and Kleber Medoncha Filho. "NYFF Live Filmmaker Chat." Film Comment (November 1, 2016) ["This Film Comment panel brought together three NYFF filmmakers—Olivier Assayas (Personal Shopper), Alison Maclean (The Rehearsal), and Kleber Mendonça Filho (Aquarius)—to discuss their practical approaches to the craft of filmmaking, as well as their grander philosophies about the art form. The conversation, moderated by Film Comment Editor Nicolas Rapold, covers a swath of topics, from on-set collaboration to transnational cinema."]

A Quiet Passion (UK/Belgium: Terence Davies, 2016: 125 mins)

Cassidy, Brendan and Vince Leo. "A Quiet PassionRaw." InSession Film (May 26, 2017)

Finnerty, Paraic, Linda Freeman and Fiona Green. "Emily Dickinson." Ideas (May 11, 2017) ["Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life and works of Emily Dickinson, arguably the most startling and original poet in America in the C19th. According to Thomas Wentworth Higginson, her correspondent and mentor, writing 15 years after her death, "Few events in American literary history have been more curious than the sudden rise of Emily Dickinson into a posthumous fame only more accentuated by the utterly recluse character of her life and by her aversion to even a literary publicity." That was in 1891 and, as more of Dickinson's poems were published, and more of her remaining letters, the more the interest in her and appreciation of her grew. With her distinctive voice, her abundance, and her exploration of her private world, she is now seen by many as one of the great lyric poets. "]

The Assignment (France/Canada/USA: Walter Hill, 2016: 95 mins)

"Walter Hill." WTF (April 24, 2017) ["Poor health kept Walter Hill out of the Army in the '60s, but that twist of fate led him into filmmaking during the tumultuous end of that decade. Walter tells Marc about being there for the major shift in cinema during the '70s, making his own influential films like The Driver, The Warriors and 48 Hours, and working closely with actors like Steve McQueen, Eddie Murphy, and Richard Pryor. Walter also explains how he helped kick off the Alien franchise."]

Automatic at Sea (Australia/USA/Denmark: Matthew Lessner, 2016: 87 mins)

Buder, Emily. "Automatic at Sea: Why the Hyperreal Film 'Represents the Horror of Being Alive Right Now.'" No Film School (January 17, 2018)

The Autopsy of Jane Doe (UK/USA:  André Øvredal, 2016: 86 mins)

Bradley, S.A. "Shut Up and Watch the Movie (Part One)." Hellbent for Horror #42 (May 29, 2017)

Bad Batch (USA: Ana Lily Amirpour, 2016: 118 mins)

Scott, A.O. "Cannibalism, Hallucinogenics and Keanu: The Bad Batch Has It All." The New York Times (June 22, 2017)

Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice (USA: Zack Snyder, 2016: 151 mins)


Blood on the Mountain (USA: Mari-Lynn C. Evans and Jordan Freeman, 2016: 93 mins)

Thill, Vanessa. "Bad Blood, Honest Work: Blood on the Mountain." Brooklyn Rail (April 1, 2017)

The Boy (Canada/USA: William Brent Bell, 2016: 97 mins)

Williams, Whitney. "Mastery of Dolls." Dialogic Cinephilia (October 3, 2016)

Buster's Mal Heart (USA: Sarah Adina Smith, 2016: 96 mins)

Smith, Sarah Adina and Jonako Donley. "Buster's Mal Heart." Film School Radio (May 26, 2017) ["Buster’s Mal Heart is a bold thriller peppered with dark humor and interlocking mystery, an eccentric mountain man is on the run from the authorities, surviving the winter by breaking into empty vacation homes in a remote community. Regularly calling into radio talk shows — where he has acquired the nickname “Buster” — to rant about the impending Inversion at the turn of the millennium, he is haunted by visions of being lost at sea, and memories of his former life as a family man. Buster (Rami Malek) was once Jonah, a hard-working husband and father whose job as the night-shift concierge at a hotel took its toll on his psyche and, consequently, his marriage to the sensitive Marty (Kate Lyn Sheil) — until a chance encounter with a conspiracy-obsessed drifter (DJ Qualls) changed the course of their lives forever. As the solitary present-day Buster drifts from house to house, eluding the local sheriff at every turn, we gradually piece together the events that fractured his life and left him alone on top of a snowy mountain, or perhaps in a small rowboat in the middle of a vast ocean — or both, in this visceral mind bender that will provoke discussion long after it turns your world upside-down. Director and writer Sarah Adina Smith and Producer Jonako Donley join us to talk about her wildly entertaining tale."]

Cameraperson (USA: Kirsten Johnson, 2016: 102 mins)

Johnson, Kirsten. "Through the Lens: Cameraperson." Radio West (February 27, 2017) ["Kirsten Johnson’s 25-year career as a documentary film cinematographer has taken her around the world, often to regions of conflict. Her own film, Cameraperson, is a memoir of her life’s work assembled from a collage of cutting-room-floor footage. It’s also a keen examination of the dilemmas and blind spots that riddle documentary filmmaking."]

Captain Fantastic (USA: Matt Ross, 2016: 118 mins)

Cassidy, Brendan, J.D. Duran and Vince Leo. Captain FantasticHunt for the Wilderpeople." InSession Film (August 5, 2016)

Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary (USA: John Scheinfeld, 2016: 99 mins)

Scheinfeld, John. "Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary." Film School (April 14, 2017)

Christine (UK/USA: Antonio Campos, 2016: 115 mins)

Ehrenstein, David. "Complicity and Christine: Yes, snuff films exist—right in our news feeds." Keyframe (October 12, 2016)

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (USA: Matt Tyrnauer, 2016: 92 mins)

Tyrnauer, Matt. "Citizen Jane: Battle for the City." Film School Radio (April 28, 2017) ["Citizen Jane: Battle for the City is a story about our global urban future, in which nearly three-fourths of the world’s population will live in cities by the end of this century. It’s also a story about America’s recent urban past, in which bureaucratic, “top down” approaches to building cities have dramatically clashed with grassroots, “bottom up” approaches. The film brings us back mid-century, on the eve of the battles for the heart and soul of American cities, about to be routed by cataclysmically destructive Urban Renewal and highway projects. The film details the revolutionary thinking of Jane Jacobs, and the origins of her magisterial 1961 treatise The Death and Life of Great American Cities,in which she singlehandedly undercuts her era’s orthodox model of city planning, exemplified by the massive Urban Renewal projects of New York’s “Master Builder,” Robert Moses. Jacobs and Moses figure centrally in our story as archetypes of the “bottom up” and the “top down” vision for cities. They also figure as two larger-than-life personalities: Jacobs—a journalist with provincial origins, no formal training in city planning, and scarce institutional authority—seems at first glance to share little in common with Robert Moses, the upper class, high prince of government and urban theory fully ensconced in New York’s halls of power and privilege. Citizen Jane: Battle for the City gives audiences a front row seat to this battle, and shows how two opposing visions of urban greatness continue to ripple across the world stage. In perilous times for the city and for civil rights, Citizen Jane offers a playbook, courtesy of Jane Jacobs, for organizing communities and speaking the truth to entrenched and seemingly insurmountable powers."]

City of Tiny Lights (UK: Pete Travis, 2016: 110 mins)

Sorrento, Matthew. "Spotlight on the Modern City: An Interview with Pete Travis." Film International (April 12, 2017)

Colossal (Spain/Canada: Nacho Vigalondo, 2016: 110 mins)

Swinney, Jacob T. "On Anne Hathaway and the Creation of Monsters." Keyframe (April 4, 2017)

The Conjuring 2 (Canada/USA: James Wan, 2016: 134 mins)

Eves, Dave, James Hancock and Jessica Ramos. "The Horror of James Wan and The Conjuring 2." The Wrong Reel (June 12, 2016)

Constance on the Edge (Australia: Belinda Mason, 2016: 80 mins)

Mason, Belinda. "Constance on the Edge." The Last New Wave (May 25, 2017) ["This is a powerful documentary about mother of six, Constance, learning to adjust to life in Australia after moving here as a refugee from Sudan. In the lead up to the festival, Andrew spoke to director Belinda Mason about what went in to making the film and what documentaries like this mean for Australia’s understanding of refugees."]

Dark Night (USA: Tim Sutton, 2016: 85 mins)

Sutton, Tim. "Dark Night." Film School (February 17, 2017) ["A haunting, artfully understated critique of American gun culture, Tim Sutton’s third feature is loosely based around the 2012 massacre in Aurora, Colorado that took place during a multiplex screening of “The Dark Knight Rises.” Employing a documentary-style technique and a cast of non- professional actors, DARK NIGHT follows the activities of six strangers over the course of one day, the shooter among them. Shot by veteran French DP Helene Louvart (PINA), DARK NIGHTis essential viewing, not only for art-house filmgoers, but for anyone invested in the debate over gun violence in America as well. Helene Louvart has served as cinematographer on more than 65 feature films, 50 short feature films, documentaries, and television projects, including French director Agnès Varda “The Beaches of Agnès (French: Les plages d’Agnès) She won The César Award for Best Documentary Film in 2009. Also, she worked with Alice Rohrwacher, and shot the italian drama “The Wonders” (Italian: Le meraviglie) It was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or in the main competition section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, where it was awarded with the Grand Prix. “Dark Night” was her first collaboration with Tim Sutton."]

The Death of Louis XIV (France/Spain/Portugal: Albert Serra, 2016: 115 mins)

Enelow, Shonni, et al. "Acting for All Ages." Film Comment (March 7, 2017) ["Jean-Pierre Léaud’s familiar face graces the cover of the new March/April issue of Film Comment, waiting out his final days in Albert Serra’s new film The Death of Louis XIV. As Yonca Talu observes in her feature on the film, “The film relies heavily on Jean-Pierre Léaud’s vulnerable acting. Famous for his vibrant, unrestrained body language as the enfant terrible of the French New Wave, the legendary actor exists in a state of complete paralysis here, dependent on others to meet his basic needs.” In some ways, she continues, the film serves as a symbolic conclusion to the Antoine Doinel cycle—Jean-Pierre Léaud’s mere presence adds a layer of film-historical context to the film that might not otherwise be there. This week’s episode of the Film Comment podcast explores the nuances of legacy, persona, and presence when it comes to acting. As with Léaud, we watch actors with enduring careers mature onscreen, developing their crafts and playing off of already formed associations that viewers might have with their earlier work. The panel—Shonni Enelow, English professor at Fordham and author of Method Acting and Its Discontents; Nick Pinkerton, regular Film Comment contributor and member of the New York Film Critics Circle; Michael Koresky, Director of Editorial and Creative Strategy at the Film Society of Lincoln Center; and Violet Lucca, Film Comment Digital Producer—muses on the shifting modes of expression and physicality of performers like Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, Gerard Depardieu, and Sissy Spacek."]

Deepwater Horizon (Hong Kong/USA: Peter Berg, 2016: 107 mins)

Art of the Title. "Know Your 2017 Below-the-Line Oscar Nominees." The Film Stage (January 30, 2017) ["The major below-the-line categories are Cinematography, Production Design, Sound Editing/Mixing, Visual Effects, Costume Design, and Makeup and Hairstyling . On the best productions (including those that the Academy labels Best Picture), the work of these crucial visual elements often blend together so seamlessly that it's hard to pick their creators' work.Thankfully, Art of The Film has created a series of supercuts called Oscars in One Minute that isolate the work of these artists so we can fully recognize their importance and beauty within each respective production."]

Denial (UK/USA: Mick Jackson, 2016: 110 mins)

Taylor, Ella. "What Should Movies Do with the Holocaust? On DenialMiss Peregrine, and the triumph of Pan's Labyrinth." Keyframe (September 30, 2016)

Dice (Showtime: Scot Armstrong, 2016 - )

Kuersten, Erich. "Exit the Navel: MaronDice." Acidemic (May 11, 2016)

Doctor Strange (USA: Scott Derickson, 2016: 115 mins)

Art of the Title. "Know Your 2017 Below-the-Line Oscar Nominees." The Film Stage (January 30, 2017) ["The major below-the-line categories are Cinematography, Production Design, Sound Editing/Mixing, Visual Effects, Costume Design, and Makeup and Hairstyling . On the best productions (including those that the Academy labels Best Picture), the work of these crucial visual elements often blend together so seamlessly that it's hard to pick their creators' work.Thankfully, Art of The Film has created a series of supercuts called Oscars in One Minute that isolate the work of these artists so we can fully recognize their importance and beauty within each respective production."]

Romney, Jonathan. "Film of the Week: Doctor Strange."  Film Comment (November 3, 2016)

Don't Breathe (USA: Fede Alvarez, 2016: 88 mins)

Bordwell, David. "Fantasy, flashbacks, and what-ifs: 2016 pays off the past." Observations on Film Art (January 2, 2017)

Bradley, S.A. "Shut Up and Watch the Movie (Part One)." Hellbent for Horror #42 (May 29, 2017)

Phillips, Jordan. "The Horrors of Sensory (Dis)Ability – Disabled Power in Hush and Don’t Breathe." The Big Picture (October 7, 2016)

Do Not Resist (USA: Craig Atkinson, 2016: 72 mins)

Rogers, Jamal. "Do Not Resist Documents America's Militarized Police Force." The St. Louis American (March 1, 2017)

Elle (France/Germany/Belgium: Paul Verhoeven, 2016: 130 mins)

Adams, Amy, et al. "Watch Isabelle Huppert, Emma Stone, Amy Adams & More Discuss Acting in 50-Minute Roundtable."  Film Stage (January 30, 2017) [" Isabelle Huppert (Elle), Emma Stone (La La Land), Amy Adams (Arrival), Natalie Portman (Jackie), Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Annette Bening (20th Century Women), and Taraji P. Henson (Hidden Figures)."]

Hart, David and Samantha Sanders. "Elle." Pop Culture Case Study #204 (January 23, 2017)

The Eyes of My Mother (USA: Nicolas Pesce, 2016: 76 mins)

Cassidy, Brendan, J.D. Duran and Vince Leo. "The Eyes of My MotherUnder the Shadow." InSession Film (January 13, 2017)

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (UK/USA: David Yates, 2016: 133 mins)

Art of the Title. "Know Your 2017 Below-the-Line Oscar Nominees." The Film Stage (January 30, 2017) ["The major below-the-line categories are Cinematography, Production Design, Sound Editing/Mixing, Visual Effects, Costume Design, and Makeup and Hairstyling . On the best productions (including those that the Academy labels Best Picture), the work of these crucial visual elements often blend together so seamlessly that it's hard to pick their creators' work.Thankfully, Art of The Film has created a series of supercuts called Oscars in One Minute that isolate the work of these artists so we can fully recognize their importance and beauty within each respective production."]

Fences (USA: Denzel Washington, 2016: 138 mins)

"Denzel Washington + Viola Davis / Adam Driver." The Close-Up #114 (December 14, 2016)

Douglas, Timothy and Sandra Shannon. "August Wilson and Fences." Radio West (January 11, 2017) ["August Wilson, one of the great American playwrights … period. That doesn’t need the qualifier that he was a black playwright. But his plays were about the black experience in this country, and one of his masterpieces was Fences. Denzel Washington’s film version is now in theaters, and the stage version has just opened at Pioneer Theatre Company. We’re taking the opportunity to talk about the heart breaking beauty of August Wilson’s work."]

Finding Dory (USA: Angus Maclane and Andrew Stanton, 2016: 97 mins)

Koski, Genevieve, et al. "Finding Dory / Memento, Pt. 2." The Next Picture Show #34 (June 30, 2016)

Finding Oscar (Canada/Guatemala/USA: Ryan Suffern, 2016: 100 mins)

Suffern, Ryan. "Finding Oscar." Film School (April 20, 2017) ["FINDING OSCAR is the feature-length documentary about the search for justice in the case of the Dos Erres massacre in Guatemala in 1982. That search leads to the trail of two little boys, Oscar and Ramiro, who were abducted during the slaughter and raised by some of the very soldiers who had murdered their families. These boys offer the only living evidence that ties the Guatemalan government to the massacre. FINDING OSCAR follows the men and women who have spent nearly two decades looking for answers—from the human-rights worker who first heard the story to the forensic anthropologists trying to identify victims and contact families. The film profiles the young Guatemalan prosecutor who took on her own government, and the U.S. immigration agents who began rounding up war criminals found living in the States. In a country built on impunity, it will take this dedicated team to find justice more than thirty years later, and uncover a truth more significant than anyone could have imagined."]

For the Love of Spock (Canada/USA: Adam Nimoy, 2016: 111 mins)

Nimoy, Adam. "For the Love of Spock." The Geek's Guide to the Galaxy (August 16, 2016)

Free State of Jones (USA: Gary Ross, 2016: 139 mins)

Sharrett, Christopher. "Free State of Jones: Fumigating the Magnolia." Film International (June 28, 2016)

The Get Down (Netflix: Stephen Adly Guirgis and Baz Luhrmann, 2016 - )

Luhrmann, Baz. "The Get Down." The Treatment (August 31, 2016) [""You need to learn the rules to break them!" Baz Lurhmann recalls breaking a few rules on the way to something larger than himself while growing up in the small Australian town of Herons Creek. His films Romeo + Juliet and The Great Gatsby display this very rule-bending directorial creativity which carries through to his Netflix series The Get Down – a musical drama set in 1970's South Bronx. He joins Elvis to share his thoughts on being drawn to the struggle between youth and the incumbent generation in his storytelling and discusses passing on the opportunity to direct Harry Potter."]

Ghostbusters (USA: Paul Feig, 2016: 116 mins)

Feig, Paul. "Ghostbusters." The Treatment (July 27, 2016) ["Behind such works as Bridesmaids and Freaks and Geeks, director Paul Feig fittingly states "funny is funny." Influenced by slapstick greats like The Three Stooges and Charlie Chaplin, Feig stayed the comedy course in his Ghostbusters reboot -- maintaining the reverence of the 1984 scare-comedy classic but crafting a new experience in the Ghostbusters universe, this time with a female cast. After growing tired of women’s movies demoralizing women, Paul Feig was committed to properly representing women in media through dynamic roles. Today he joins Elvis Mitchell to share his shock over the misogynistic and racist responses the film has received as well as why his characters are often rooted as much in the past as they are in the present."]

Koski, Genevieve, et al. "Ghostbusters (2016) / Ghostbusters (1984), Pt. 1" The Next Picture Show #37 (July 26, 2016) ["The strange controversy over Paul Feig's gender-reversed GHOSTBUSTERS has us looking back at the original 1984 GHOSTBUSTERS to see what about it has inspired such strong feeling. In this half of the conversation, we focus on the then-and-now of Ivan Reitman's original, while trying (unsuccessfully) to dodge the dreaded "N" word: "nostalgia.""]

---. "Ghostbusters (2016) / Ghostbusters (1984), Part 2." The Next Picture Show #38 (July 28, 2016) ["Our GHOSTBUSTERS discussion turns its attention to Paul Feig's new remake, which was made with obvious affection for (and cameos from) the 1984 version, and replicates certain character types and plot points. But it also breaks from it in significant ways we'll discuss, as well as thoughts on the effects, the villains, New York City, blockbuster culture, and more."]

Gimme Danger (USA: Jim Jarmusch, 2016: 108 mins)

Talbird, John Duncan. "The Sound of Cool: Jim Jarmusch's Gimme Danger."  Film International (November 3, 2016)






The Girlfriend Experience (Starz: Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz, 2016 - )

Heron, Christopher. "Reaction to the Reaction: Amy Seimetz Interview (The Girlfriend Experience)." The Seventh Art (November 3, 2017)

Goat (USA: Andrew Neel, 2016: 96 mins)

Zaborski, Artur. "Andrew Neel on Getting the Goat." Keyframe (September 19, 2016)

Hacksaw Ridge (Australia/USA: Mel Gibson, 2016: 139 mins)

Art of the Title. "Know Your 2017 Below-the-Line Oscar Nominees." The Film Stage (January 30, 2017) ["The major below-the-line categories are Cinematography, Production Design, Sound Editing/Mixing, Visual Effects, Costume Design, and Makeup and Hairstyling . On the best productions (including those that the Academy labels Best Picture), the work of these crucial visual elements often blend together so seamlessly that it's hard to pick their creators' work.Thankfully, Art of The Film has created a series of supercuts called Oscars in One Minute that isolate the work of these artists so we can fully recognize their importance and beauty within each respective production."]

Hell or High Water (USA: David Mackenzie, 2016: 102 mins)

Bayman, Alasdair. "Nick Cave, Ennio Morricone and a lot of gunshots!" Dirty Movies (April 12, 2018)





Holy Hell (USA: Will Allen, 2016: 100 mins)

Allen, Will. "Holy Hell." Film School (May 27, 2016)

Allen, Will, et al. "Holy Hell." Filmwax Radio #353 (May 27, 2016)

How to Let Go of the World: and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change (USA: Josh Fox, 2016: 125 mins)

DeChristopher, Tim, Aria Doe and Josh Fox. "Act Now, Cry Later: Tim DeChristopher, Aria Doe & Josh Fox on Civil Disobedience & Climate Activism." Democracy Now (January 26, 2016)

Fox, Josh. "On His New Doc How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change." Democracy Now (January 26, 2016)

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (New Zealand: Taika Waititi, 2016: 101 mins)

Cassidy, Brendan, J.D. Duran and Vince Leo. Captain FantasticHunt for the Wilderpeople." InSession Film (August 5, 2016)

Neal. Carthew. "Hunt for the Wilderpeople." Film School (June 27, 2016)

Waititi, Taika. "Hunt for the Wilderpeople." The Treatment (June 29, 2016) ["In 2005, director Taika Waititi’s adaptation of the novel Wild Pork and Watercressstarted as a much darker piece. Revisiting the work years later, however, allowed Taika to realize that comedy indeed prevails and he took the film The Hunt for the Wilderpeople in a different direction, while paying homage to the adventurous spirit of New Zealand. Behind films like What We Do In The Shadows and Eagle vs Shark, Taika Waititi shares the importance of humor through life’s tough times and dissects an artist’s ultimate quest for immortality."]

Hush (USA: Mike Flanagan, 2016: 81 mins)

Phillips, Jordan. "The Horrors of Sensory (Dis)Ability – Disabled Power in Hush and Don’t Breathe." The Big Picture (October 7, 2016)

Prewitt, Zach. "The Best Horror Cinema of the 21st Cinema." (Posted on Vimeo: October 2016)

Hypernormalisation (UK: Adam Curtis, 2016: 166 mins)

Curtis, Adam. "Hypernormalisation." Film School (March 16, 2017) ["In Adam Curtis’s acclaimed BBC documentary, HyperNormalisation, he employs masterfully edited found footage to investigate how, at a time of confusing and inexplicable world events, politicians and other power brokers construct new, slippery realities. Curtis tells a story that begins in 1975 in New York and Damascus, and ends with today’s world. Adam Curtis on his work and HyperNormalisation: ”Those in power in society – the politicians, the journalists, the experts – maintain their power by telling us stories about the world. Those stories tell us what is true and what is false, what is right and wrong, and what is real – and what is illusion. But there come times when these stories begin to break down. And people start to distrust those in power – and their definition of what is real and what is fake. At that point you enter the Zone. The film Hypernormalisation tells the story of how we got to this place. It is also about the new systems of power that we cannot see – because we are trapped inside the Zone.”]

Harris, Brandon. "Adam Curtis' Essential Counterhistories." The New Yorker (November 3, 2016)

Icaros: A Vision (USA/Peru: Leonor Caraballo and Matteo Norzi, 2016: 91 mins)

Willis, Paul. "“She Knew Then That She was Going to Die of Her Femininity”: The Making of the Ayahuasca Drama Icaros: A Vision." Filmmaker (April 19, 2017)

I, Daniel Blake (UK/France/Belgium: Ken Loach, 2016: 100 mins)

Fox, Neil and Dario Linares. "Social Realism?" The Cinematologists (September 21, 2017) ["The discussion covers Leigh's Life Is Sweet (1990) and Loach's Riff-Raff(1991), Raining Stones (1993) and Ladybird Ladybird (1994) - and the recent I, Daniel Blake (2016), which is not in the Loach set - asd well as getting into a more general chat about the spectre of social realism in British film history."]

I Love Dick (Amazon: Sarah Gubbins and Jill Soloway, 2016 - )

Foulkes, Sarah. "I Love Dick and Female Fantasy, Written in Bold." Film School Rejects (June 13, 2017)

Tremblay, Jean-Thomas. "Stories of New Narrative." The Los Angeles Review of Books (September 16, 2017)


Indignation (USA: James Schamus, 2016: 110 mins)

Schamus, James. "Indignation." The Treatment (August 3, 2016)  ["As the former CEO of Focus Features, James Schamus has been instrumental behind the scenes launching films like Brokeback Mountain and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, often involving his long-time screenwriting partner Ang Lee. He has now tried his hand at directing in his debut Indignation, the adaptation of Philip Roth's book of the same name. Schamus visits The Treatment to discuss his first time working directly with the camera and actors as well as going to great lengths in properly reflecting the essence of the 1950's."]

---. "The Tall T." The Cinephiliacs #82 (July 25, 2016) ["How does one reconcile the ideas of artistry in cinema, the kind of magic of cinephilia that we see each time we look up at the screen, with the business practices that often painted as limiting it? James Schamus has somehow made a career of toeing this (likely constructed) dichotomy, helping produce some of the early independent films of the 1990s before becoming the co-founder of Focus Features, which made films like The Pianist,Atonement, Brokeback Mountain, and Moonrise Kingdom, as well as a collaborator of Ang Lee, writing the screenplays for The Ice Storm, Ride With The Devil, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. James discusses this work between the politics of making art for specialty audiences, as well as his interest in the very nature of art through his work as a theorist and professor at Columbia University. They then turn to his directorial debut, an adaptation of Philip Roth's Indignation, and what it means to modulate performance.Finally, the two discuss Budd Boetticher's 1957 hostage western The Tall T, and what a specialty art house producer can learn from watching Randolph Scott contemplate existence in this low budget western."]

The Infiltrator (UK: Brad Furman, 2016: 127 mins)

Cassidy, Brendan and J.D. Duran. "Born to Be BlueInfiltrator." InSession Film (July 22, 2016) ["Ethan Hawke’s latest indie film and the second great jazz movie to come out in 2016, Born to Be Blue. We also review The Infiltrator, starring the great Bryan Cranston."]

The Innocents (France/Poland: Anne Fontaine, 2016: 115 mins)

Canzona, Joshua. "The Innocents (Les Innocentes)."  The Journal of Religion and Film 21.1 (April 2017)

Into the Inferno (UK/Germany/Canada: Werner Herzog, 2016: 104 mins)

Hincks, Joseph. "I'm Still Full of Stories: Werner Herzog Reflects on 50 years of Filmmaking." Time (April 4, 2018)

The Islands and the Whales (UK/Denmark: Mike Day, 2016: 81 mins)

Greenhill, Richard. "The Islands and the Whales." Dirty Movies (March 27, 2018)

Jackie (Chile/France/USA: Pablo Larrain, 2016: 100 mins)

Adams, Amy, et al. "Watch Isabelle Huppert, Emma Stone, Amy Adams & More Discuss Acting in 50-Minute Roundtable."  Film Stage (January 30, 2017) [" Isabelle Huppert (Elle), Emma Stone (La La Land), Amy Adams (Arrival), Natalie Portman (Jackie), Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Annette Bening (20th Century Women), and Taraji P. Henson (Hidden Figures)."]

Bordwell, David. "Fantasy, flashbacks, and what-ifs: 2016 pays off the past." Observations on Film Art (January 2, 2017)

Julieta (Spain: Pedro Almodovar, 2016: 99 mins)

Flores, Steven. "The Auteurs: Pedro Almodovar (Part 1)." Cinema Axis (September 29, 2014)

---. "The Auteurs: Pedro Almodovar (Part 2)." Cinema Axis (October 6, 2014)

The Jungle Book (USA: Jon Favreau, 2016: 105 mins)

Art of the Title. "Know Your 2017 Below-the-Line Oscar Nominees." The Film Stage (January 30, 2017) ["The major below-the-line categories are Cinematography, Production Design, Sound Editing/Mixing, Visual Effects, Costume Design, and Makeup and Hairstyling . On the best productions (including those that the Academy labels Best Picture), the work of these crucial visual elements often blend together so seamlessly that it's hard to pick their creators' work.Thankfully, Art of The Film has created a series of supercuts called Oscars in One Minute that isolate the work of these artists so we can fully recognize their importance and beauty within each respective production."]

Favreau, Jon. "The Jungle Book." The Close-Up (April 20, 2016)

Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids (USA: Jonathan Demme, 2016: 90 mins)

Koski, Genevieve, et al. "Stop Making Sense / Justin Timberlake, Part 1." The Next Picture Show #76 (May 16, 2017) ["We’re still mourning the recent death of Jonathan Demme, a director of incredible range capable of working across many different genres — most notably, for our purposes, the concert film. This week, we hold our lighters aloft for Demme by looking at his first and last concert films, 1984’s STOP MAKING SENSE and 2016’s JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE + THE TENNESSEE KIDS. In this half, we consider the first film’s enduring legacy and influence on the concert-film genre, and how the film functions as a symbiosis of the unique talents of both Demme and Talking Heads frontman David Byrne."]

---. "Stop Making Sense / Justin Timberlake, Part 2." The Next Picture Show #77 (May 18, 2017) ["In this half of our appreciation of the late, great director Jonathan Demme, we bring what would be his final film, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE + THE TENNESSEE KIDS, into the mix, to see what connects it to the director’s first foray into the concert-film genre, STOP MAKING SENSE. The two films focus on very different musical acts, but they’re undeniably connected via “the Demme touch,” and function as appropriate bookends to an impressive filmmaking career (which we can’t help but explore a little more broadly in this discussion as well)."]

Lady Macbeth (UK: William Oldroyd, 2016: 89 mins)

Hammond, Caleb. "Killer Instincts: Florence Pugh’s Steely Performance in Lady Macbeth Foretells a Rapid Ascension." MovieMaker (July 10, 2017)

O'Falt, Chris. "The Best Cast Films of 2017, According to Top Casting Directors." IndieWire (December 4, 2017) ["15 casting directors explain the brilliance behind their peers’ work in “Lady Bird,” “Get Out,” “The Post,” "The Shape of Water," and more."]


The Last Dalai Lama? (USA: Mickey Lemle, 2016: 82 mins)

Lemle, Mickey. "The Last Dalai Lama?" Film School Radio (August 11, 2017) ["For over a thousand years, Tibetan Buddhist psychology has taught techniques for overcoming negative, afflictive emotions, such as anger, greed, jealousy, sloth and ignorance. In the film THE LAST DALAI LAMA?, His Holiness explains that Tibetan Buddhism is both a religion and a “science of the mind”; he also shares his crystallized understanding of the nature of mind, and its part in the creation and alleviation of all of our suffering. Believing that this precious wisdom belongs to the world, twenty years ago The Dalai Lama challenged a select group of world-renowned Neuroscientists and Mind/Brain researchers to look into the workings of the mind, and to prove scientifically that “Tibetan Buddhist technologies” for overcoming afflictive emotions are skills that can be learned by anyone. The Dalai Lama commissioned Dr. Paul Ekman and his daughter Dr. Eve Ekman to come up with an “Atlas of Emotions” as a way of understanding the effects of emotions on having a tranquil mind. Being able to recognize the patterns, triggers and responses to emotions is the first step in dealing with them. In a moving sequence with a high school class in British Columbia, His Holiness The Dalai Lama is able to share his passion for the subject. His urgency and dedication come through in THE LAST DALAI LAMA? as he now turns 82, and must deal with the questions of aging and death, and whether he will reincarnate as The Dalai Lama, or if he will be the last of the lineage that has existed for a millennia. Director Mickey Lemle joins us to talk about his three decade friendship with His Holiness and the profound impact he has had on politics, culture and a deeper understanding of our shared human nature."]

The Last Shaman (UK/Italy/Israel/Peru/USA: Raz Degan, 2016: 77 mins)

Degan, Raz. "The Last Shaman." Film School Radio (May 16, 2017) ["The Last Shaman is the story of James Freeman, a young man who decides to take matters in his own hands when faced with incurable depression. He undergoes a life-changing journey in the Amazon jungle that brings him a deeper understanding and acceptance of self. Along the way, he experiences the healing properties of the tribal plant medicine Ayahuasca and the world around it. From the outside looking in, James is living the American dream. But behind closed doors, he has no desire to live and contemplates suicide. Desperate to find a way out of darkness, James travels to the Amazon rain forest with one mission: to save his own life. Without knowing any of the dangers that lie ahead, he starts searching for a Shaman who can help. James’ road to redemption isn’t easy — he faces many obstacles and even a few life-threatening experiences as he learns to acknowledge the space inside himself and understand a larger truth about how we’re all connected. After undergoing various forms of treatments from tribal plants and medicines, James is faced with the consequences of his own actions. He undergoes a life changing experience that brings him a deeper understanding and acceptance of himself, and a more profound understanding of the interconnectedness of us all. Director Raz Degan join us for a conversation on their journey into a world of spirituality, self awareness and an ancient culture."]

The Levelling (UK: Hope Leach Dickson, 2016: 83 mins)

Antrobus, Corrina, et al. "The Levelling." The Cinematologists #48 (June 7, 2017)

Dickson, Hope Leach and Alice Lowe. "On Motherhood and Film." The Early Hour (May 12, 2017)

Lion (Australia/USA/UK: Garth Davis, 2016: 118 mins)

Art of the Title. "Know Your 2017 Below-the-Line Oscar Nominees." The Film Stage (January 30, 2017) ["The major below-the-line categories are Cinematography, Production Design, Sound Editing/Mixing, Visual Effects, Costume Design, and Makeup and Hairstyling . On the best productions (including those that the Academy labels Best Picture), the work of these crucial visual elements often blend together so seamlessly that it's hard to pick their creators' work.Thankfully, Art of The Film has created a series of supercuts called Oscars in One Minute that isolate the work of these artists so we can fully recognize their importance and beauty within each respective production."]

Di Mattia, Joanna. "The Year of Nicole Kidman." Keyframe (May 1, 2017)


Live by Night (USA: Ben Affleck, 2016: 128 mins)

Messina, Chris. "Live By Night." The Treatment (January 11, 2017) ["As an acting fan, Chris Messina is especially fond of actor/directors. He reunites with director Ben Affleck in Live by Night, channeling Goodfellas while playing prohibition era gangster Dion Bartolo. Messina reflects on Ben Affleck's ability to quickly transition from actor to director when filming a scene and the way casting sets the foundation of acting quality within a film."]

The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis (Argentina: Francisco Márquez and Andrea Testa, 2016: 78 mins)


Look and See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry (USA: Laura Dunn and Jef Sewell, 2016: 82 mins)

McCracken, Brett. "Wendell Berry is a Dandelion Man: A Review of Look and See."

Maudie (Ireland/Canada: Aisling Walsh, 2016: 115 mins)

McCausland, Sinead. "Maudie: Visual Art as Memory." Film School Rejects (August 12, 2017)

Midnight Special (Greece/USA: Jeff Nichols, 2016: 112 mins) 

Digging Deeper. "Midnight Special: Rising from the Rubble." (Posted on Youtube: July 30, 2016)

Miss Sloane (USA/France: John Madden, 2016: 132 mins)

Hudson, David. "John Madden's Miss Sloane." Keyframe (November 12, 2016)

National Bird (USA: Jesselyn Raddack, 2016: 92 mins)

Zaborski, Artur. "War Zones are Like Corporations." Keyframe (November 17, 2016) ["Sonia Kennebeck talks about her disturbing new drone-warfare doc, NATIONAL BIRD."]

Neruda (Argentina/Chile/Spain/France: Pablo Larrain, 2016: 107 mins)

Hudson, David. "Cannes 2016: Pablo Larrain's Neruda." Keyframe (May 13, 2016)

Bernal, Gael Garcia and Pablo Larrian. "Neruda Interview." The Playlist (December 13, 2016)

Nocturama (France/Germany/Belgium: Bertrand Bonello, 2016: 130 mins)

Abrams, Simon. "Nocturama." Roger Ebert (August 11, 2017)

Di Rosso, Jason. "Nocturama." The Final Cut (September 22, 2017)

Norman Lear: Just Another You (USA: Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, 2016: 91 mins)

Lear, Norman. "Just Another Version of You: The Life, Art and Activism of Legendary TV Producer Norman Lear." Democracy Now (October 25, 2016) ["Ninety-four-year-old legendary TV producer and longtime political activist Norman Lear has led a remarkable life. He helped revolutionize sitcom television with a string of hit shows including "All in the Family," "Sanford and Son," "The Jeffersons," "Good Times" and "Maude." In 1999, President Clinton awarded him the National Medal of Arts, saying, "Norman Lear has held up a mirror to American society and changed the way we look at it." Norman Lear is also a longtime activist, earning him a place on Richard Nixon’s enemies list and the scorn of the Christian right. His life, art and social activism is the subject of the new "American Masters" documentary, "Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You," which premieres tonight on PBS. We spoke with Norman Lear in studio last week."]

Nuts! (USA: Penny Lane, 2016: 79 mins)

Lane, Penny.  "Nuts!" Film School (July 8, 2016) ["Inventive and wildly fun, NUTS! recounts the unbelievable true story of John Romulus Brinkley, a Kansas doctor who in 1917 discovered that he could cure impotence by transplanting goat testicles into men. From there, the story only gets more bizarre. Mixing hand-drawn animated reenactments, interviews, archival footage, and a very unreliable narrator,NUTS! traces Brinkley’s rise from poverty and obscurity to the heights of celebrity, wealth, and influence. Along the way, he transplants thousands of goat testicles, amasses an enormous fortune, is (sort of) elected Governor of Kansas, invents junk mail and the infomercial, builds the world’s most powerful radio station, and generally annoys the heck out of the establishment. Filmmaker Penny Lane has skillfully borrowed a page from her subject – charming viewers into believing the unbelievable, building their trust and excitement, until the final chapter bares the painful truth and reveals the doctor for what he truly was. NUTS! reminds us that our love of (and need for) compelling narratives is exactly what makes us so endlessly susceptible to being conned. Director Penny Lane stops by for a conversation on Brinkley, our collective need to believe in something and any contemporary parallels to be drawn from this bizarre story."]

The Occupation of the American Mind (USA: Loretta Alper and Jeremy Earp, 2016: 82 mins)

Jhally, Sut and Roger Waters. "The Occupation of the American Mind: Documentary Looks at Israel's PR War in the United States." Democracy Now (September 14, 2017) ["We continue our conversation with legendary British musician Roger Waters, founding member of the iconic rock band Pink Floyd. Waters is the narrator of a recent documentary titled "The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States." We air clips from the film and speak to Roger Waters and Sut Jhally, professor of communication at the University of Massachusetts and founder and executive director of the Media Education Foundation, which produced the documentary."]

One Week and a Day (Israel: Asaph Polonsky, 2016: 98 mins)

Polonsky, Asaph. "One Week and a Day." Film School Radio (April 28, 2017) ["In the Jewish religion, a week of sitting Shiva (or mourning the deceased) is called for after a funeral. However, for Eyal and Vicky, a week is hardly enough time to properly mourn the loss of their 25-year-old son Ronnie. A married couple edging into the back half of middle age, the two find themselves reacting to the end of Shiva in markedly different ways. A return to routine seems to be in order for Vicky, a teacher, as she finds herself back at school trying to abruptly kick out the substitute assigned in her stead. Meanwhile, shopkeeper Eyal opts for a total abdication of routine, as he steals his dead son’s bag of medical marijuana, and proceeds to get high, play ping-pong and judge air guitar routines with his neighbor’s stoner son Zooler. As the world refuses to accommodate Vicky and Eyal’s sensitivities during their time of bereavement — taxi drivers are still difficult, neighbors are still obnoxious, and grave diggers are just as indifferent as anyone else in the service industry — the two grieving parents find themselves acting out in outlandish ways as they attempt to regain a sense of control over their lives. Asaph Polonsky’s debut feature ONE WEEK AND A DAY juxtaposes the grieving process against the immutable fact that, despite the most painful losses imaginable, the world stops for no one’s mourning. With endearing performances from Shai Avivi and Evgenia Dodina as Eyal and Vicky, and Tomer Kapon as Zooler, ONE WEEK AND A DAY provides a nuanced perspective on loss that’s as funny as it is insightful."]

The Ornithologist (Portugal/France/Brazil: João Pedro Rodrigues, 2016: 117 mins)

Freeman, Mark, Joanna Di Mattia and Eloise Ross. "The Ornithologist." Senses of Cinema Podcast (November 22, 2017)

Other People (USA: Chris Kelly, 2016: 97 mins)

Bosner, Richard J. "Producer on Fruitvale StationOther People, and Take the 10." Following Films (March 10, 2017)

Our Kind of Traitor (UK/France: Susanna White, 2016: 108 mins)

Barry, Nick and James Hancock. "John le Carré & Our Kind of Traitor." Wrong Reel (July 1, 2016)

Ovarian Psychos (USA: Joanna Sokolowski and Kate Trumbull-LaValle, 2016: 72 mins)

Richards, Jill. "Pussy Wars." Los Angeles Review of Books (March 24, 2017)

Sokolowski, Joanna and Kate Trumbull-LaValle. "Ovarian Psychos." Film School (July 8, 2016) ["Riding at night through streets deemed dangerous in Eastside Los Angeles, the Ovarian Psycos use their bicycles to confront the violence in their lives. At the helm of the crew is founder Xela de la X, a single mother and poet M.C. dedicated to recruiting an unapologetic, misfit crew of women of color. The film intimately chronicles Xela as she struggles to strike a balance between her activism and nine year old daughter Yoli; street artist Andi who is estranged from her family and journeys to become a leader within the crew; and bright eyed recruit Evie, who despite poverty, and the concerns of her protective Salvadoran mother, discovers a newfound confidence. Co-directors Joanna Sokolowski & Kate Trumbull-LaValle stop by to talk about the boldness of Ovas’ politics, their brazen approach to feminism, and unapologetic aesthetic: a hybrid mix of Chicana, Riot Grrrl, Zapatista and militant-punk cultural markers and the individual personalities that make Ovarian Psycos such a compelling watch."]

Passengers (USA: Morten Tyldum, 2016: 116 mins) 

Art of the Title. "Know Your 2017 Below-the-Line Oscar Nominees." The Film Stage (January 30, 2017) ["The major below-the-line categories are Cinematography, Production Design, Sound Editing/Mixing, Visual Effects, Costume Design, and Makeup and Hairstyling . On the best productions (including those that the Academy labels Best Picture), the work of these crucial visual elements often blend together so seamlessly that it's hard to pick their creators' work.Thankfully, Art of The Film has created a series of supercuts called Oscars in One Minute that isolate the work of these artists so we can fully recognize their importance and beauty within each respective production."]

The Path (Hulu: Jessica Goldberg, 2016 - )

Goldberg, Jessica. "The Path." The Treatment (May 25, 2016)

Pete's Dragon (USA: David Lowery, 2016: 103 mins)

Koski, Genevieve, et al. "Pete's Dragon / The Black Stallion Pt. 1." The Next Picture Show #41 (August 23, 2016)  ["The director of the new Disney live-action remake PETE’S DRAGON, David Lowery, recently cited as inspiration Carroll Ballard’s 1979 film THE BLACK STALLION, noting the older film’s careful merging of art and the mainstream. Following Lowery’s example, we look back this week at THE BLACK STALLION’s wondrous beauty and split structure, and try to ascertain what makes the film unique among films aimed at children."]

---. "Pete's Dragon / The Black Stallion, Pt. 2." The Next Picture Show #42 (August 25, 2016) ["Continuing the legacy of Carroll Ballard's THE BLACK STALLION, David Lowery's new Disney live-action remake of PETE'S DRAGON treats kids' films, kid audiences, and the emotional lives of children with respect and intelligence. In this half of the discussion, we talk over the two films' use of stories within stories, cinematography, child actors, and our relationship with animals and the natural world"]

Planet Earth II (BBC TV Series: 6 episodes)

Dickey, Colin. "A View to a Kill: By focusing on high-definition thrills, nature documentaries obscure more than they reveal." The New Republic (January 14, 2017)

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (USA: Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, 2016: 87 mins)

Koski, Genevieve, et al. "(Pt. 2) This Is Spinal Tap / Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping." The Next Picture Show #32 (June 16, 2016)

Prevenge (UK: Alice Lowe, 2016: 88 mins)

Dickson, Hope Leach and Alice Lowe. "On Motherhood and Film." The Early Hour (May 12, 2017)

The Promise (Spain/USA: Terry George, 2016: 133 mins)

Winship, Michael. "The internet won’t let Armenia go away: Controversy over two recent motion pictures sheds light on the Armenian genocide." Salon (May 25, 2017)

The Purge: Election Year (USA: James DeMonaco, 2016: 118 mins)

Jones, Matthew. "Politicizing the Horrific: How American Anxieties Play Out on Screen." Philosophy in Film (March 25, 2017)

Race (France/Germany/Canada: Stephen Hawkins, 2016: 134 mins)

Kendi, Ibram. "On The Racist Ideas Jesse Owens Could Not Outrun." African American Intellectual History Society (February 21, 2016)

Rat Film (USA: Theo Anthony, 2016: 82 mins)

Anthony, Theo, JR and Agnes Varda. "Boundaries of Reality: New Non-Fiction." The Cinephiliacs 

The Rehearsal (New Zealand: Alison Maclean, 2016: 102 mins)

Assayas, Olivier, Alison Maclean and Kleber Medoncha Filho. "NYFF Live Filmmaker Chat." Film Comment (November 1, 2016) ["This Film Comment panel brought together three NYFF filmmakers—Olivier Assayas (Personal Shopper), Alison Maclean (The Rehearsal), and Kleber Mendonça Filho (Aquarius)—to discuss their practical approaches to the craft of filmmaking, as well as their grander philosophies about the art form. The conversation, moderated by Film Comment Editor Nicolas Rapold, covers a swath of topics, from on-set collaboration to transnational cinema."]

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (France/Germany/Canada/Australia: Paul W.S. Anderson, 2016: 106 mins)

Hancock, James and Martin Kessler. "20 Years of Resident Evil." Wrong Reel #226 (January 2017) ["Martin Kessler from Flixwise returns to review Paul W.S. Anderson’s new movie Resident Evil: The Final Chapter and to discuss the twenty year history of the Resident Evil franchise in both games and in movies."]

Rikers (USA: Marc Levin, 2016: 70 mins)

Levin, Marc. "Voices from NYC's Most Notorious Jail: Former Prisoners Speak Out About Abuse at Rikers Island." Democracy Now (November 2, 2016) ["A new PBS documentary, "Rikers," brings you face to face with men and women who have survived incarceration at New York City’s largest and most notorious jail. Their stories are told directly to the camera without any additional narration. A dozen former inmates vividly describe the cruel arc of the Rikers experience—from the trauma of entering the island to the extortion and control exercised by other inmates, to the harrowing interactions with corrections officers. They also detail the beatings and stabbings, the torture of solitary confinement and the psychological difficulties of re-entering the outside world. For more, we’re joined by award-winning independent filmmaker Marc Levin, director of the new documentary, "Rikers."]

Risk (Germany/USA: Laura Poitras, 2016: 87 mins)

Hudson, David. "Laura Poitras’s Risk: 'An embedded report that sacrifices impartiality for access.'” Keyframe (May 19, 2016)

Pilger, John. "Getting Assange: The Untold Story." Counterpunch (May 19, 2017)

Room Full of Spoons (Canada: Rick Harper, 2016: 

Harper, Rick, Adam Spiegelman and Mike White. "Special Report: Room Full of Spoons." The Projection Booth (March 20, 2016)

Roots (History Channel: Mini-series, 2016)

Kendi, Ibram. "Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome Is A Racist Idea." AAIHS (June 21, 2016)

The Salesman (Iran/France: Asghar Farhadi, 2016: 125 mins)

Hudson, David. "Asghar Farhadi and Trumps #MuslimBan." Keyframe (January 31, 2017)

Stolworthy, Jacob. "Donald Trump Muslim ban will keep Oscar-nominated director Asghar Farhadi from 2017 ceremony." Independent (January 28, 2017)

Sami Blood (Norway/Denmark/Sweden: Amanda Kernell, 2016: 110 mins)

Kernell, Amanda. "Sami Blood." Film School Radio (June 27, 2017) ["SAMI BLOOD is the electrifying debut feature of writer/director Amanda Kernell. Based on her own grandmother’s life and set in 1930s Sweden during the pre-Nazi eugenics movement, SAMI BLOOD follows Elle, a young indigenous Lapland girl made to feel like an inferior species when she’s subjected to indoctrination and race biology in a Swedish boarding school. Elle escapes, and in doing so is estranged from her sister, her family and her culture. SAMI BLOOD is a unique and intimate perspective on the history of the Sami people, and tells a story of oppression that resonates across borders and generations. The film features a breakthrough performance from its young lead actress Lene Cecilia Sparrok, who has never acted before and is Sami herself. She stars in the film alongside her sister Mia Sparrok. Director and writer Amanda Kernell joins us to talk about her heart wrenching story of a young woman struggling to find a place in an increasingly hostile world."]

Sausage Party (USA: Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon, 2016: 89 mins)

Bordwell, David. "Fantasy, flashbacks, and what-ifs: 2016 pays off the past." Observations on Film Art (January 2, 2017)

Score: A Film Music Documentary (USA: Matt Schrader, 2016: 93 mins)

Bursztynski, Maurice, Tim Merrill and Bernard Stickwell. "Interview with Matt Schrader, director of Score: A Film Music Documentary." See Hear #45 (October 21, 2017) ["It seems crazy that until 2017, there hasn’t been a major documentary (that we’re aware of) dedicated to the art of film composition and the people who devote their lives to emotionally manipulating you more than what you actually see on-screen via their music. Matt Schrader is the director of a great new documentary called “Score: A Film Music Documentary” that looks into the process of film score composition, how it’s evolved, interviews with a number of its current practitioners, and the psychology behind how viewers perceive the on-screen action when music is playing (sex, chocolate and music all produce the same rush in your brain, apparently)."]

The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger (UK: Bartek Dziadosz, 2016: 90 mins)

Kiefer, Jonathan. "Ways of Bergering: Tilda Swinton is pals with a great thinker about art and life, and you should be too." Keyframe (September 1, 2016)

The Shallows (USA: Jaume Collet-Serra, 2016: 86 mins)

Bordwell, David. "Fantasy, flashbacks, and what-ifs: 2016 pays off the past." Observations on Film Art (January 2, 2017)

Slack Bay (France/Germany/Belgium: Bruno Dumont, 2016: 122 mins)

Adams, Tim. "Juliette Binoche: 'Life is to Love." the Guardian (June 11, 2017) ["Directors have tried to control her, critics have swooned over her, four men have tried to marry her. Yet Juliette Binoche has refused to be boxed in. Tim Adams sits down to steak with France’s leading lady."]

Solitary (USA: Kristi Jacobsen, 2016)

Nord, Liz. "HBO's Solitary: How Kristi Jacobson Got Access to America's Off-Limits Prisons." No Film School (February 6, 2017)

Starving the Beast: The Battle to Disrupt and Reform America's Public Universities (USA: Steve Mims, 2016: 95 mins)

Palermo, Joseph. "Starving the Beast: The Battle to Disrupt and Reform America’s Public Universities, Written and Directed by Steve Mims." Huffington Post (March 25, 2016)

Suffering of Ninko (Japan: Norihiro Niwatsukino, 2016: 70 mins)

Barpujari, Manoj. "Suffering of Ninko: Clash of Restraint and Libido." Silhouette (February 8, 2017)

Sully (USA: Clint Eastwood, 2016: 96 mins)

Art of the Title. "Know Your 2017 Below-the-Line Oscar Nominees." The Film Stage (January 30, 2017) ["The major below-the-line categories are Cinematography, Production Design, Sound Editing/Mixing, Visual Effects, Costume Design, and Makeup and Hairstyling . On the best productions (including those that the Academy labels Best Picture), the work of these crucial visual elements often blend together so seamlessly that it's hard to pick their creators' work.Thankfully, Art of The Film has created a series of supercuts called Oscars in One Minute that isolate the work of these artists so we can fully recognize their importance and beauty within each respective production."]

They Call Us Monsters (USA: Benjamin Lear, 2016: )

Lear, Benjamin. "They Call Us Monsters." Film School (June 3, 2016)

Tickled (New Zealand: David Farrier and Dylan Reeve, 2016: 92 mins)

Roan, Brian. "Interview – Director David Farrier Talks Tickled." The Film Stage (July 6, 2016)


Trapped (USA: Dawn Porter, 2016)

Ayers, June, Willie Parker and Dawn Porter. "Trapped: New Film Follows the Providers Who Are Fighting to Keep Abortion Accessible in the South." Democracy Now (January 25, 2016)

Trespass Against Us (UK: Adam Smith, 2016: 99 mins)

Smith, Adam. "Trespass Against Us." Film School (January 13, 2017) ["TRESPASS GAINST US is set across three generations of the Cutler family who live as outlaws in their own anarchic corner of Britain’s richest countryside. Chad Cutler (Michael Fassbender) is heir apparent to his bruising criminal father, Colby (Brendan Gleeson) and has been groomed to spend his life hunting, thieving and tormenting the police. But with his own son, Tyson (Georgie Smith) coming of age, Chad soon finds himself locked in a battle with his father for the future of his young family. When Colby learns of Chad’s dreams for another life he sets out to tie his son and grandson into the archaic order that has bound the Cutler family for generations. He engineers a spectacular piece of criminal business involving a heist, a high-speed car chase and a manhunt, which leaves Chad bruised and bloodied and with his very freedom at stake. With the law cracking down and his father tightening his grip, Chad is forced into increasingly desperate measures. Featuring incredible performances – and an astonishing score by The Chemical Brothers – TRESPASS AGAINST US is at once an exhilarating crime thriller and a profoundly moving story about love and family. TRESPASS AGAINST US director ADAM SMITH (Director) is an award-winning film, television drama, documentary and music-video director. Smith is best known for his long-term collaboration with the Chemical Brothers, and the critically acclaimed concert film Chemical Brothers: Don’t Think he directed. Director Adam Smith joins us to talk about his feature film debut and the riveting performances turned in by his three lead performers."]

Two Trains Runnin' (USA: Samuel D. Pollard, 2016: 80 mins)

Pollard, Sam, et al. "The Handsome Family / Sam Pollard." WTF (December 1, 2016) ["Gothic folk duo The Handsome Family meet up with Marc while he's in Albuquerque to talk about American roots music, carnival sideshows, meeting your heroes, and dealing with bipolarity. But first, documentary filmmaker Sam Pollard joins Marc in the garage to talk about his new film Two Trains Runnin', a look at the summer of 1964, as history converged in unexpected ways."]

Una (UK/Canada/USA: Benedict Andrews, 2016: 94 mins)



Winkelman, Natalia. "How Can We Ever Make a Film About Nymphets?" Another Gaze (December 14, 2017)

Under the Shadow (UK: Babak Anvari, 2016: 84 mins)

Cassidy, Brendan, J.D. Duran and Vince Leo. "The Eyes of My MotherUnder the Shadow." InSession Film (January 13, 2017)

Unlocking the Cage (USA: Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker, 2016: 91 mins)

Hegedus, Chris and D.A. Pennebaker. "Unlocking the Cage." Film School (July 12, 2016) ["The latest documentary from the renowned filmmaking team of Chris Hegedus and D. A. Pennebaker (The War Room), Unlocking the Cage follows trailblazing animal rights lawyer Steven Wise in his challenge to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans. ... Given that the Supreme Court has ruled that corporations are people, why not chimps? Attorney Steven Wise and his legal team, the Nonhuman Rights Project, are making history by filing the first lawsuits that seek to transform an animal from a “thing” with no rights to a “person” with legal protections. Supported by affidavits from primatologists around the world, Wise maintains that, based on scientific evidence, cognitively complex animals such as chimpanzees, whales, dolphins and elephants have the capacity for limited personhood rights that would protect them from abuse. The filmmakers capture Wise’s progress: from the halls of academia to animal sanctuaries and zoos, and finally into the courtrooms where he makes a compelling case on behalf of four captive chimpanzees in New York State. Unlocking the Cage captures a monumental shift in our culture, as the public and judicial system show increasing receptiveness to Wise’s impassioned arguments. It is a provocative and intimate look at a lawsuit that could forever transform our legal system, and one man’s lifelong quest to protect “nonhuman” animals."]

Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe (USA: Andrew Wakefield, 2016: 91 mins)

Pilkington, Ed. "How the scientific community united against Tribeca's anti-vaccination film." The Guardian (March 29, 2016)

The Void (Canada: Jeremy Gillepsie and Steven Kosanski, 2016: 90 mins)

Bradley, S.A. "Shut Up and Watch the Movie (Part One)." Hellbent for Horror #42 (May 29, 2017)

Warcraft (USA/China/Canada: Duncan Jones, 2016: 123 mins)

Castillo, Zane and James Hancock. "Warcraft Review & the History of the World of Warcraft Franchise." Wrong Reel #144 (June 11, 2016)

Werewolf (Canada: Ashley McKenzie, 2016: 80 mins)

Pinkerton, Nick. "Interview: Ashley McKenzie." Film Comment (March 7, 2018)

Westworld (HBO: Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan, 2016 - )

Landsberg, Alison. "What's So Bad About Being a Replicant?" On the Media (October 6, 2017)

Wilson, Samuel. "Too Much TV?: Westworld (2016 - ?)." Mondo 70 (November 8, 2016)

Zootopia (USA: Jared Bush, Byron Howard and Rich Moore, 2016: 108 mins)

Howard, Brian and Rich Moore. "Zootopia." The Treatment (December 28, 2016) ["Directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore have taken a socially relevant approach with the newest Walt Disney Studios animated feature Zootopia. In the film, rabbit Judy Hopps tries to break out of her animal stereotype when she realizes it's not so easy to escape nature. Today, Howard and Moore discuss researching societal biases and racial stigmas to create the metropolitan city of Zootopia, as well as reflecting on the technological limitations in animation in recent years versus the impressive capabilities of today."]


2017: 


A Fantastic Woman (Chile/Germany/Spain/USA: Sebastián Lelio, 2017: 100 mins)

Blackhurst, Alice. "A Drama of Access: On Sebastián Lelio’s A Fantastic Woman." Another Gaze (March 17, 2018)

All the Money In the World (USA: Ridley Scott, 2017: 132 mins)






Atomic Blonde (Germany/Sweden/USA: David Leitch, 2017: 115 mins)

Hart, David and Miranda Sajdak. "Atomic Blonde." Pop Culture Case Study #256 (July 31, 2017)

Axolotl Overkill (Germany: Helene Hegemann, 2017: 94 mins)

Goodsell, Luke. "Axolotl Overkill." 4:3 (June 13, 2017)

Baby Driver (UK/USA: Edgar Wright, 2017: 112 mins)

Hancock, James, Alex R. Miller and Kyle Reardon. "Edgar Wright is Back with Baby Driver." Wrong Reel #288 (June 29, 2017)






Band Aid (USA: Zoe Lister-Jones, 2017: 91 mins)

Kaddish, Maddy. "Vocal Expression: Zoe Lister-Jones on Making Her Spirited Feature Debut, Band Aid, With an All-Female Crew." MovieMaker (June 2, 2017)

Barbara (France: Mathieu Amalric, 2017: 98 mins)


Battle of the Sexes (UK/USA: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, 2017: 121 mins)



Baywatch (USA: Seth Gordon, 2017: 116 mins)

Koski, Genvieve, et al. "Baywatch / Brady Bunch (Pt. 1)." The Next Picture Show (May 30, 2017)

---. "Baywatch / Brady Bunch (Pt. 2)." The Next Picture Show (June 1, 2017)

Beach Rats (USA: Eliza Hittman, 2017: 95 mins)

Fragoso, Sam. "How to Get More Women Working in Hollywood: Sundance prizewinner and BEACH RATS director Eliza Hittman has a five-point plan." Keyframe (March 12, 2017)

Hittman, Eliza. "Beach Rats." Filmmaker Toolkit #19 (January 27, 2017)

Beauty and the Dogs (Tunisia/France/Sweden/Norway/Lebanon/Qatar/Switzerland: 
Kaouther Ben Hania, 2017: 100 mins)

Fullerton, Matthew. "Beauty and the Dogs: Women's Revolution in Tunisian Cinema." Film International (April 12, 2018)

Berlin Syndrome (Australia: Cate Shortland, 2017: 116 mins)

"Berlin Syndrome." AB Film Review (May 17, 2017) ["Cate Shortland ... returns to the cinema with this great thriller, Berlin Syndrome, which stars Teresa Palmer in a career best performance as a tourist in Berlin who finds herself in a difficult situation."]

Blame (USA: Quinn Shephard, 2017: 100 mins)

Johnson, Allie. "Blame: 22-Year-Old Filmmaker Quinn Shephard Becomes One To Watch With Her Startling Debut [Tribeca]." The Playlist (April 26, 2017)

Bloodlands (Australia/Albania: Steven Kastrissios, 2017: 82 mins)

Hancock, James and Steven Kastrissios. "Supernatural Blood Feuds in Bloodlands." Wrong Reel #256 (April 19, 2017)

BPM (Beats Per Minute) (France: Robin Campillo, 2017: 140 mins)



Biscayart, Nahuel Perez, et al. "Robin Campillo’s “BPM” Captures the Vitality and Tragedy of ACT UP Paris in the ’90s." LARB Radio Hour (November 17, 2017) ["Co-hosts Eric Newman and Medaya Ocher are joined by filmmaker Robin Campillo, and actors Nahuel Perez Biscayart and Arnaud Valois — the director and the stars, respectively, of BPM (Beats Per Minute), which won the Grand Prix at this year’s Cannes Film Festival — to discuss how they captured the spirit of the Parisian chapter of one of the most dynamic and transformative social movements in recent history, ACT UP, as well as the beautiful, tragic romance at the heart of the story. A reflection of the intensity of living constantly on the precipice of death, the show doubles as a masterclass on the rigors of creating truly excellent historical cinema."]

Rapold, Nicholas. "Interview: Robin Campillo." Film Comment (October 9, 2017)

Brawl in Cell Block 99 (USA: S. Craig Stoller, 2017: 132 mins)

Cassidy, Brendan, J.D. Duran and Vince Leo. "Brawl in Cell Block 99Columbus." InSession Film (November 3, 2017)

The Breadwinner (Ireland/Canada/Luxemburg: Nora Twomey, 2017: 94 mins)

Cassidy, Brendan and J.D. Duran.  "I, Tonya / The Breadwinner." InSession Film (December 2017)

Brigsby Bear (USA: Dave McCary, 2017: 97 mins)

Laverty, Christopher. "Brigsby Bear: Interview with Suit Creators Stoopid Buddy Stoodios." Clothes on Film (July 28, 2017)

Cadillac Tramps: Life on the Edge (Canada/USA: Jamie Coakley, 2017: 83 mins)

Coakley, Jamie Sims. "Cadillac Tramps: Life on the Edge." Film School Radio (October 5, 2017) ["The 1990’s were the “Golden Age” of the Orange County California music scene. Bands like The Offspring, No Doubt, Sugar Ray and Social Distortion where blowing up the mainstream and selling millions of records around the world. Meanwhile, the undisputed kings of the O.C. scene, The Cadillac Tramps, were falling apart. Infighting, addiction, frustration and dysfunction would tear the band apart at the peak of their success, but their bond would prove too strong to remain broken for long. THE CADILLAC TRAMPS: LIFE ON THE EDGE is a humble, honest and entertaining look at five young men who found each other in sobriety, created a lasting musical legacy that influenced indie rock’s biggest bands, and overcame the past to support lead singer Michael “Gabby” Gaborno as he fights for his life from the ravages of Hep-C. First time filmmaker, Jamie Sims Coakley,expertly mixes a colorful combination of archival footage, insightful artist interviews and intimate vérité footage together into an arresting, heartwarming and cautionary tale of brotherhood, reflection and the power of music to heal and unite us."]

Call Me By Your Name (Italy/France/Brazil/USA: Luca Guadagnino, 2017: 132 mins)

Koski, Genevieve, et al. "Call Me By Your Name / The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Part 1." The Next Picture Show #108 (December 26, 2017) ["The new CALL ME BY YOUR NAME’s gorgeous invocation of Italian summers and repressed desire brought to mind an earlier film that does the same, though to much darker ends: Anthony Minghella’s 1999 film THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY, starring top-of-their-games Matt Damon, Jude Law, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Gwyneth Paltrow. In this half of the discussion, we dig into what all three of those actors bring to their respective roles, as well as the additions Minghella brings to his adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel — including a pivotal character created for the film — and how he manages the film’s tricky tone. "]

---. "Call Me By Your Name / The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Part 2." The Next Picture Show #109 (December 28, 2017) ["We return to the consideration of pleasure and heartbreak under the Italian sun via Luca Guadagnino’s sensual new romance CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, a film with a very different narrative than THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY that nonetheless shares some of its major characteristics. After sharing our reactions to CMBYN, we dive into a discussion of what the two films share, and don’t, in their portrayals of life in (and a little bit out of) the closet, their approach to the Italian/American cultural divide, and their use of music as an emotional and thematic underpinning."]

City of Ghosts (USA: Matthew Heineman, 2017: 92 mins)

Al-Hamza, Abdel Aziz, Mohammed Al-Musali and Matthew Heineman. "Raqqa Liberated." On the Media (October 18, 2017) ["News came this week that the US backed Syrian Democratic Forces had finally liberated the city of Raqqa from the grip of ISIS. For the past three years the people trapped inside the oppressive ISIS regime suffered daily. Yet, reports of torture and assassination in the terrorized city did not come from traditional outlets. Rather, Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, a band of citizen journalists led by Abdel Aziz al-Hamza, risked their lives to report the egregious conditions in a place that was notoriously difficult to enter or escape. Matthew Heineman followed this group in his new documentary, City of Ghosts. Bob speaks with Heineman and al-Hamza about their experiences in Raqqa and how these journalists found inspiration to continue their work. Also, Iraq’s nine-month operation to push ISIS out of Mosul yielded bittersweet news this summer: the liberation of a starved and terrorized city. Over the previous three years, ISIS sought to completely isolate the people of Mosul by shutting off access to the internet and outside media. Radio Al-Ghad, a community radio station, defied the media blackout and risked death to give a voice to the civilian population. Brooke speaks to Al-Ghad’s founder Mohammed Al-Musali about how his heroic team managed to shine a light into Mosul, win over ISIS supporters, and save countless lives."]

Claire's Camera (France/South Korea: Hong Sang-Soo, 2017: 69 mins)

Aquino, Rowena Santos. "The (Ir)reality of Images and Words in Hong Sang-soo’s Claire’s Camera (2017) and The Day After (2017)." VCinema (November 16, 2017)

Hughes, Darren. "'There are Miracles': A Conversation with Hong Sang-Soo." Notebook (November 15, 2017)

Coco (USA: Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina, 2017: 105 mins)

Cassidy, Brendan and J.D. Duran. "CocoLady Bird, Top 3 Movies About Tradition." InSession Film #249 (November 2017)

Cold November (USA: Karl Jacob, 2017: 92 mins)

LePire, Bobby. "Cold November." Film Threat (May 22, 2017)

Cries From Syria (USA/Czech Republic:  Evgeny Afineevsky, 2017: 111 mins)

Afineevsky, Evgeny. "Cries From Syria." Film School (March 4, 2017) ["CRIES FROM SYRIA will take the audience on a unique, five-year journey, from Syria to Turkey, through Jordan, Lebanon and into Europe.They will see the situation from the inside out, through the eyes of those trapped in-between – many of them children – and experience their suffering, bravery, struggle, survival and hope. In March 2011, the Syrian people, inspired by events in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt, rose up against the authoritarian rule of President Bashar al-Assad. Public protests sparked by the arrest and torture of children who had been detained after writing anti-regime graffiti led to violent crackdowns. As what would become a long civil war intensified, the Islamic State and other groups began seizing Syrian territory and imposing brutally oppressive conditions of their own. Stranded between the opposing forces in the conflict, hundreds of thousands of Syrians have been killed, seven million have been internally displaced and more than five million have desperately tried to survive by fleeing the country. Two-thirds of those who have fled to date are women and children. CRIES FROM SYRIA is a searing, comprehensive account of the Syrian war from the inside out. The film draws on hundreds of hours of war footage from Syrian activists and citizen journalists, as well as testimony from child protestors, revolution leaders, human rights defenders, ordinary citizens and high-ranking army generals who have defected from the government. Their collective stories are a cry for attention and help from a world that little understands their reality or agrees on what to do about it. Oscar®-nominated Director Evgeny Afineevsky (Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom) joins us to talk about his unflinching look inside our own heart of darkness."]

The Day After (South Korea: Hong Sang-Soo, 2017: 92 mins)

Aquino, Rowena Santos. "The (Ir)reality of Images and Words in Hong Sang-soo’s Claire’s Camera (2017) and The Day After (2017)." VCinema (November 16, 2017)

Hughes, Darren. "'There are Miracles': A Conversation with Hong Sang-Soo." Notebook (November 15, 2017)


Dina (USA: Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles, 2017: 103 mins)

Santini, Antonio, et al. "Dina." Film School Radio (October 13, 2017)  ["DINA, an outspoken and eccentric 49-year-old in suburban Philadelphia, invites her fiancé Scott, a Walmart door greeter, to move in with her. Having grown up neurologically diverse in a world blind to the value of their experience, the two are head-over-heels for one another, but shacking up poses a new challenge.Getting married in a few weeks and there’s still so much to do. She has to move her boyfriend, Scott, from his parents’ house to her apartment, and settle him in to only the second home he’s ever had, all while juggling his schedule as an early morning Walmart door greeter.She has to get her dress, confirm arrangements with the venue, and make peace with her family, who remain nervous for their beloved DINA, after the death of her first husband and the string of troubled relationships that followed. Throughout it all, in the face of obstacles large and small, DINA, remains indomitable. She’s overcome tragedy and found the man she wants and is bent on building the life for herself that she believes she deserves. DINA captures the cadences and candid conversations of a relationship that reexamines the notion of love on-screen. DINA is unstoppable, a force of nature, and as the star of her own life story, she’s an unconventional movie protagonist the likes of which hasn’t been seen before.

Disobedience  (Ireland/UK/USA: Sebastián Lelio, 2017: 114 mins)

Nakhnikian, Elise. "Interview: Rachel Weisz on Bringing Disobedience to Life." Slant (April 27, 2018)

Dolores (USA: Peter Bratt, 2017: 95 mins)

Bratt, Peter. "Dolores." Film School Radio (September 8, 2017) ["Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century—and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change. DOLORES is directed by Peter Bratt (LA MISSION) and Executive Produced by humanitarian and Grammy Award-winning musician Carlos Santana."]

---.  "Dolores." Radio West (March 6, 2018) ["Dolores Huerta co-founded the first farmers workers union alongside Cesar Chavez. But she's not as well known as Chavez, and the director Peter Bratt believes she left out of the history because she was a strong defiant woman. Bratt set out to change that. Few people know the name Dolores Huerta, but she’s among the most important activists in American history. Huerta was an equal partner with Cesar Chavez in co-founding the first farm workers unions. Together they fought for racial and labor justice, a struggle she continues to this day, at age 87. Director Peter Bratt joins us to discuss his documentary film about Huerta’s lifelong battle for civil rights. It’s also about the personal sacrifices and unconventional choices of a complicated woman."]


Endless Poetry (Chile/UK/France: Alejandro Jodorowsky, 2016: 128 mins)

Kan, Elianna. "Buy High, Sell Cheap: An Interview with Alejandro Jodorowsky." The Paris Review (March 8, 2018)

The Evil Within (USA: Andrew Getty, 2017: 98 mins)

Bramesco, Charles. "A Millionaire, His Meth Addiction and the Horror Movie 15 Years in the Making." The Guardian (March 15, 2017)

Ex Libris (USA: Frederick Wiseman, 2017: 197 mins)

"Frederick Wiseman." The Close-Up #149 (September 20, 2017) ["First, Wiseman shares his thoughts on his work, the issues and implications of his films, and his process in a special master class from 2006. After that, the director discusses his 2013 film, At Berkeley, in one of our HBO Directors Dialogues from the 51st New York Film Festival."]

Rainer, Peter. "In Ex Libris, The story of libraries is really about infinitely complex people." The Christian Science Monitor (October 13, 2017)

Faces Places (France: JR and Agnes Varda, 2017: 89 mins)

Anthony, Theo, JR and Agnes Varda. "Boundaries of Reality: New Non-Fiction." The Cinephiliacs

JR and Agnes Varda. "Faces Places." The Close-Up (October 5, 2017) 

The Fate of the Furious (USA: F. Gary Gary, 2017: 136 mins)

Appen, Jon Von, Kimber Myers and Ryan Oliver. "The Fate of the Furious." The Playlist (April 17, 2017)

Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (UK: Paul McGuigan, 2017: 105 mins)

O'Falt, Chris. "The Best Cast Films of 2017, According to Top Casting Directors." IndieWire (December 4, 2017) ["15 casting directors explain the brilliance behind their peers’ work in “Lady Bird,” “Get Out,” “The Post,” "The Shape of Water," and more."]

First They Killed My Father (Cambodia/USA: Angelina Jolie, 2017: 136 mins)

Gerwig, Greta, et al. "63 Minute Directors Roundtable Talk." The Hollywood Reporter (Posted on Playlist: January 22, 2018) ["Angelina Jolie (“First They Killed My Father”), Patty Jenkins (“Wonder Woman”), Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”), Joe Wright (“Darkest Hour”), Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”), and Denis Villeneuve (“Blade Runner 2049”)."]
 
Flames (USA/Germany/Maldives/Mexico/Sri Lanka: Josephine Decker and Zefrey Throwell, 2017: 84 mins)

Hudson, David. "Josephine Decker and Zefrey Throwell's Flames." Keyframe (May 2, 2017)

Gerald's Game  (USA: Mike Flanagan, 2017: 103 mins)

Cassidy, Brendan and J.D. Duran. "Gerald's GameThe Little Hours." InSession Film (October 22, 2017)

Ghost in the Shell (USA/India/China/Japan/Hong Kong/UK/New Zealand/Canada/Australia: Rupert Sanders, 2017: 107 mins)

Koski, Genevieve, et al. "The Matrix / Ghost in the Shell (2017), Pt 1." The Next Picture Show #72 (April 18, 2017) ["The poorly received new live-action GHOST IN THE SHELL draws inspiration from a lot of different sources — including one that was itself inspired by the original GHOST IN THE SHELL anime: The Wachowskis’ 1999 future-thriller THE MATRIX, which turns on a similar form of science-fiction dysmorphia. In this half of the discussion, we focus in on tiny miracle that is THE MATRIX, a studio-backed, creator-driven sci-fi film that drew from a deep well of cinematic, literary, and philosophical reference points — and would go on to influence countless other films in turn, including, naturally, the new GHOST IN THE SHELL"]

---. "The Matrix / Ghost in the Shell (2017), Pt. 2." The Next Picture Show #73 (April 20, 2017) ["In this half of our discussion of the “weird conceptual sandwich” that is THE MATRIX and GHOST IN THE SHELL, we puzzle over why the latter hyper-stylish, cerebral film fails where the former succeeds. The two films ultimately have different aims, but their approaches are surprisingly similar — though it’s how they differ that’s most telling."]

God's Own Country (UK: Francis Lee, 2017: 104 mins)

O'Falt, Chris. "The Best Cast Films of 2017, According to Top Casting Directors." IndieWire (December 4, 2017) ["15 casting directors explain the brilliance behind their peers’ work in “Lady Bird,” “Get Out,” “The Post,” "The Shape of Water," and more."]
 
Gold Star (USA: Victoria Negri, 2017: 90 mins)

Negri, Victoria. "Gold Star." Following Films (November 5, 2017) ["After dropping out of music school, Vicki drifts aimlessly between her family’s house in Connecticut and an itinerant existence in New York. When her father suffers a debilitating stroke, she has to become his primary caretaker. Vicki resists connecting with him, and making peace with herself, but finds a way forward thanks to a new friend and a life-changing event."]

Good Luck (France/Germany: Ben Russell, 2017: 143 mins)

Herron, Christopher. "Labour in Real Time: Ben Russell Interview (Good Luck)." The Seventh Art (November 10, 2017) ["Ben Russell is an experimental filmmaker whose latest film, Good Luck (2017), explores the spaces and labour of a copper mine in Bor, Serbia and a smaller gold mine in Suriname. The Super 16mm shot film had its North American premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, where we talked to Ben about the making of the film."]

Gook (USA: Justin Chon, 2017: 94 mins)

Chon, Justin. "Gook." Film School Radio (August 18, 2017) ["In Justin Chon’s feature film GOOK is a dramedy about Eli and Daniel, two Korean American brothers, who own a struggling shoe store and their unique and unlikely friendship with Kamilla, an 11-year old African American girl. The film opens with Eli scoring a stash of fresh sneakers as his golden ticket to get out of debt and fix his biggest problem: keeping his dad’s shoe store open. Against her brother Keith’s warnings, Kamilla ditches school again to help out at the shoe store, her mother’s former workplace.Everything is going as planned until Kamilla accidentally reveals a gifted pair of expensive sneakers to Keith. Keith realizes Kamilla has been going to the shoe store. Out of anger towards Eli and Daniel he uses this opportunity as revenge and plans to steal all the shoes. Eli must make the ultimate decision for the future of the store and the people he loves. With the chaos of the LA Riots moving towards them, the trio are forced to defend their store against Keith while contemplating the future of their own personal dreams and the true meaning of family. Director, Writer and Executive Producer Justin Chon joins us for a conversation on his powerful, soul searching film about race, friendship, and family."]

The Great Buddha + (Taiwan: Huang Hsin-Yao, 2017: 102 mins)

Aquino, Rowena Santos. "Observing the Absurdity: An Interview with Huang Hsin-yao." VCinema (April 18, 2018)

Guardians of the Galaxy, 2 (USA: James Gunn, 2017: 136 mins) 

Anders, Charlie Jane. "The Most Popular Movie in America Right Now is All About Toxic Fatherhood." Tor (May 8, 2017)

Happy End (France/Austria/Germany: Michael Haneke, 2017: 107 mins)

Russell, Francey. "Haneke and the Technology of Intimacy." Boston Review (April 24, 2018)

Hitler's Hollywood (Germany: Rüdiger Suchsland, 2017: 105 mins)

Sorrento, Matthew. "An Archive of Indoctrination: Hitler's Hollywood." Film International (April 16, 2018)

The House of Tomorrow (USA: Peter Livolsi, 2017: 85 mins)

Greene, Wes. "The House of Tomorrow." Slant (April 23, 2018)

I Am Another You (USA: Nanfu Wang, 2017: 80 mins)

Wang, Nanfu. "I Am Another You." Film School (October 6, 2017) ["When Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang (Hooligan Sparrow) first came to America,Florida seemed like an exotic frontier full of theme parks, prehistoric swamp creatures, and sunburned denizens. As she travels wide-eyed from one city to another, she eventually encounters a charismatic young drifter named Dylan. Fascinated by his rejection of society’s rules and unsure of his past, Nanfu follows Dylan with her camera on a journey that spans years, takes her across America, and explores the meaning of freedom. But as Nanfu delves deeper into Dylan’s world, she discovers something that calls her entire worldview into question. Director, Producer, Cinematographer & Editor Nanfu Wang is an award-winning filmmaker based in New York City. Her feature debut Hooligan Sparrow was shortlisted for the 2017 Academy Award for best documentary feature. Since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival 2016, Hooligan Sparrow has screened at more than 100 festivals in over 25 countries including Hot Docs, Sheffield, Full Frame, and Human Rights Watch Film Fest. It opened theatrically across North America and was later released on POV, Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes. It has won over twenty awards internationally including a Cinema Eye Honor for the Best Debut Film, the George Polk Award for the journalistic achievement,and the Truer than Fiction Award at the Independent Spirit Awards. Wang was honored by the International Documentary Association with the 2016 Emerging Filmmaker Award. Director Nanfu Wang joins us to talk about Dylan, freedom, travel and her own experience on the streets."]

I Don't Feel at Home In This World Anymore (USA: Macon Blair, 2017: 93 mins)

Appen, Joe Von and Erik McClanahan. "Get Out / I Don't Feel at Home In This World Anymore." Adjust Your Tracking #141 (March 9, 2017)

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (USA: George C. Wolfe, 2017: 93 mins)

Henrietta Lacks." Radio Lab (April 18, 2017) ["With all the recent talk about HBO's upcoming film, we decided it would be good time to re-run our story of one woman's medically miraculous cancer cells, and how Henrietta Lacks changed modern science and, eventually, her family's understanding of itself."]

The Insult (Lebanon/Belgium/Cyprus/France/USA: Ziad Doueiri, 2017: 112 mins)

Saba, Aftim. "The Insult: Ziad Doueiri’s Film of Selective Memory." Counterpunch (March 2, 2018)

In the Fade (Germany/France: Fatih Akin, 2017: 106 mins)

O'Connor, Rory.  "In the Fade: Cannes 2017 Review." The Film Stage (May 27, 2017)





It Comes at Night (USA: Trey Edward Shults, 2017: 91 mins)

Koski, Genevieve, et al. "It Comes at Night / The Thing (Pt. 1)." The Next Picture Show #82 (June 27, 2017)

---. "It Comes at Night / The Thing (Pt. 2)." The Next Picture Show #83 (June 29, 2017)

Jane (USA: Brett Morgan, 2017: 90 mins)

Hasler, Jeff. "Jane." Following Films (October 20, 2017) ["JANE is the story of how Jane Goodall became Jane Goodall – using footage shot by future husband Hugo van Lawick of her first experiences in Gombe, Tanzinia in the 1960’s. Previously thought to be lost forever, the footage was only recently discovered in a storage unit, and has been now masterfully intercut with interviews of present-day Jane Goodall to provide an in-depth portrait of her life. Directed by Bret Morgen (THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE, MONTAGUE OF HECK) the documentary also features an enchanting original score by Philip Glass."]

Schwarz, Gabrielle. The Complaint of Female Subjectivity: On Brent Morgern's Jane." Another Gaze (January 18, 2018)

The Killing of a Sacred Deer (UK/Ireland/USA: Yorgos Lanthimos, 2017: 121 mins)

Ankenbauer, Sam. "On Sacred Deers and Ghost Stories: Talking with Production Designer Jade Healy." Bright Lights Film Journal (November 25, 2017)

Kong: Skull Island (USA/China/Australia/Canada: Jordan Vogt-Roberts, 2017: 118 mins)

Koski, Genevieve, et al. "Kong: Skull Island / King Kong (1933), Pt. 1." The Next Picture Show #68 (March 21, 2017) ["Does every generation get the Kong it deserves? That’s the question on our minds with the release of Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ new take on the great ape, KONG: SKULL ISLAND, which inspired us to go all the way back to the source: 1933’s medium-defining KING KONG. In this half of the discussion, we attempt to separate the movie from the cinema myth, grapple with some less savory aspects of the film’s legacy, and give Keith a few more opportunities to rail against the term “dated.”"]

---. "Kong: Skull Island / King Kong (1933), Pt. 2." The Next Picture Show #69 (March 23, 2017) ["We return to Skull Island to puzzle over the stylish curiosity that is Jordan Vogt-Roberts’s new take on the classic film monster, KONG: SKULL ISLAND. Why is this movie aping APOCALYPSE NOW? Have we reached our limit of giant CGI creatures pummeling each other? And, most pertinent of all, how does this bigger, bolder vision of Kong reflect and react to the legacy of its legendary cinematic ancestor, 1933's KING KONG?"]

Landline (USA: Gillian Robespierre, 2017: 93 mins)

Holm, Elizabeth, et al. "DunkirkLandline." The Close-Up (July 20, 2017) 

Lean on Pete (UK: Andrew Haigh, 2017: 121 mins)

Hudson, David. "Venice + Toronto 2017: Haigh’s Lean on Pete." The Current (September 1, 2017)

The Lego Batman Movie (Denmark/USA: Chris McKay, 2017: 104 mins)

Koski, Genevieve, Keith Phipps and Scott Tobias. "Batman (1989) / The Lego Batman Movie (Pt. 1)." The Next Picture Show #64 (February 21, 2017) ["This week’s show tells a tale of two Batmen — plus a whole bunch of other Batmen in between. The success of the new family-friendly LEGO BATMAN MOVIE inspired us to go back to a very different earlier iteration of The Caped Crusader: Tim Burton’s 1989 series-starter BATMAN, which took the comic-book hero into darker realms than he’d previously occupied onscreen. In this half, we talk about how Burton and Michael Keaton’s vision for the character functions in the larger context of Batman adaptations over the years, as well as Burton’s subsequent career. "]

---. "Batman (1989) / The Lego Batman Movie (Pt. 2)." The Next Picture Show #65 (February 23, 2017) ["Tim Burton’s BATMAN kick-started the cinematic and pop-culture proliferation of the now-ubiquitous Batman, who today can not only sustain multiple movies at once, but also provides ample fodder for the reference-happy new THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE. In this half of our discussion of all things Batmen, we talk about all the ways LEGO BATMAN draws on — and benefits from — the character’s long history, and consider how the larger Bat Universe has evolved on film since Burton’s day."]

Let the Sunshine In (France/Belgium: Claire Denis, 2017: 94 mins)

Nelson, Max. "Claire Denis' Chemical Reactions." The New York Review of Books (April 27, 2018)

Smith, Nathan. "Let the Sunshine In (2018) by Claire Denis." Cinematary (May 15, 2018)

Life (USA: Daniel Espinosa, 2017: 104 mins)

Koski, Genevieve, et al. "Alien (1979) / Life (2017), Part 1." The Next Picture Show #70 (April 4, 2017) ["The new LIFE has come in for some pointed comparisons to Ridley Scott’s ALIEN, which seems like as good an excuse as any to revisit the unimpeachable 1979 space thriller. In this half of the conversation, we marvel at how a film so narratively economical can be so deliberately paced, and still manage to induce scares after multiple viewings."]

---. "Alien (1979) / Life (2017), Part 2." The Next Picture Show #71 (April 6, 2017) ["It’s perhaps unfair to compare the uninspiring new LIFE with the genre-defining ALIEN, but we do it anyway in this half of our discussion of how the Ridley Scott classic (and GRAVITY) informed Daniel Espinosa’s halfhearted homage. After wrestling with our apathy toward the newer movie, we compare the two films’ extraterrestrial baddies, their effects, and their use of space, both outer and inner. "]

The Little Hours (Canada/USA: Jeff Baena, 2017: 90 mins)

Cassidy, Brendan and J.D. Duran. "Gerald's GameThe Little Hours." InSession Film (October 22, 2017)

Loveless (Russia/France/Germany/Belgium: Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2017: 127 mins)

Economou, Vassilis. "Andrey Zvyagintsev • Director." Cineuropa (March 20, 2018)

Liu, Rebecca. "On Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Loveless and the Casual Cruelty of Modern Love." Another Gaze (February 16, 2018)

Mademoiselle Paradis (Austria/Germany: Barbara Albert, 2017: 97 mins)

Economou, Vassilis. "Mademoiselle Paradis: Never Trust What You See." Cineuropa (September 11, 2017)

M.F.A. (USA: Natalia Leite, 2017: 95 mins)

Buder, Emily. "M.F.A.: The David Fincher-Style Rape-Revenge Thriller That Rocked SXSW." No Film School (April 10, 2017)

Molly's Game (China/USA/Canada: Aaron Sorkin, 2017: 140 mins)










Murder on the Orient Express (USA/Malta: Kenneth Branagh, 2017: 114 mins)

Laverty, Christopher. "Murder on the Orient Express: Interview with Costume Designer Alexandra Byrne." Clothes on Film (November 2, 2017)

Nobody Speak: Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Trials of the Free Press (USA: Brian Knappenberger, 2017)

Knappenberger, Brian. "Sundance 2017: Nobody Speak." Radio West (January 24, 2017) ["Director Brian Knappenberger’s documentary film Nobody Speak explores the court battle between online tabloid Gawker and pro wrestler Hulk Hogan as case study, among others, of how big money can use litigation to check the freedom of the press. It also asks what a thin-skinned billionaire in the executive branch could do to media outlets that anger him."]

Nobody's Watching (Argentina/USA/Spain/Brazil/Colombia: Julia Solomonoff, 2017: 102 mins)

Solomonoff, Julia. "Five Questions for Nobody's Watching Director." Filmmaker (May 24, 2017)

The Nuns, The Priests, and the Bombs (USA: Helen Young, 2017: 106 mins)

Hotchkiss, Ralf, et al. "The Nuns, The Priests, and The Bombs." Ralph Nader Radio Hour (December 24, 2017) ["We track down disabilities champion, Ralf Hotchkiss, who is in Nicaragua helping poor communities design and build more durable, low cost wheelchairs. Then filmmaker Helen Young promotes her gripping documentary about the elderly activists who snuck onto two of the most fortified military installations in the country to peacefully protest the nuclear weapons industry. Plus, David, Steve and Ralph talk more about Al Franken and sexual harassment as well as the GOP tax bill."]

Okja (South Korea/USA: Bong Joon-Ho, 2017: 120 mins)

Jilanu, Zaid. "The Hilarious, Terrifying, British Death of Stalin Shows How American Comedy's Gone Wrong." The Intercept (March 17, 2018)

Taubin, Amy. "Free Range." Film Comment (July/August 2017) ["With Okja, Bong Joon Ho creates his most dramatically protean adventure yet—a work of interspecies friendship, galloping satire, and monstrous truths."]

On a Knife Edge (USA: Jeremy Williams, 2017: 90 mins)

Kane, Eli and Pamela Spees. "Pipeline Resistance Groups and the film On A Knife Edge; Perpetual War and the Anti-War Movement." Law and Disorder (March 18, 2018) ["Pipeline Resistance Groups and the film On A Knife Edge: It’s now more than one year since law enforcement evicted the last Dakota Access Pipeline resistance camps. The pipeline was near completion and was supposed to cross sacred Indian land in South Dakota in order to bring Canadian tar sand oil from north to south through the United States. Then the project was stalled by a tremendous solidarity movement lead by indigenous peoples along with their allies only to be green lighted by the newly elected Trump administration which has proven to be a handmaiden of the fossil fuel industry. Guest – Eli Kane, a Brooklyn-based producer who has worked in film and music for 15 years. He has made two other documentaries for PBS about land rights and food sovereignty, including Land Rush, which won a Peabody Award in 2013. Guest – Attorney Pamela Spees is an attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights and represents environmental justice groups opposing the efforts of Tigerswan, a private military company which worked with corporate and governmental entities at Standing Rock in an attempt to suppress the movement against the pipeline, to operate in Louisiana."]

On the Beach Alone At Night (South Korea/Germany: Hong Sang-Soo, 2017: 101 mins)

Hughes, Darren. "'There are Miracles': A Conversation with Hong Sang-Soo." Notebook (November 15, 2017)

The Ottoman Lieutenant (Turkey/USA: Joseph Ruben, 2017: 106 mins)

Winship, Michael. "The internet won’t let Armenia go away: Controversy over two recent motion pictures sheds light on the Armenian genocide." Salon (May 25, 2017)

The Party  (UK: Sally Potter, 2017: 71 mins)

Nash, Megan. "The Party." 4:3 (June 13, 2017)

Patti Cake$ (USA: Jeremy Jasper, 2017: 109 mins)

O'Falt, Chris. "The Best Cast Films of 2017, According to Top Casting Directors." IndieWire (December 4, 2017) ["15 casting directors explain the brilliance behind their peers’ work in “Lady Bird,” “Get Out,” “The Post,” "The Shape of Water," and more."]

The Putin Interviews (Showtime: Oliver Stone, 2017: 4 episodes)

Celluloid Liberation Front. "Privatizing the Putin Presidency." The Los Angeles Review of Books (July 13, 2017)

Revenge (France: Coralie Fargeat, 2017: 108 mins)

Brannan, Alex. "A Genre Reclaimed: Coralie Fargeat’s Revenge." Film International (April 18, 2018)

She's Gotta Have It (Netflix: Spike Lee, 2017 - )

Allen, Nick. "Spike Lee Triumphantly Updates She's Gotta Have It for Netflix." Demanders (November 22, 2017)

Signature Move (USA: Jennifer Reeder, 2017: 80 mins)

Boone, Christopher. "Signature Move: Pakistani Muslims, Lesbians, and Luchadora Wrestlers Have More in Common Than You Think." No Film School (April 6, 2017)

Song to Song (USA: Terrence Malick, 2017: 129 mins)

Enelow, Shonni, Violet Lucca and Nick Pinkerton. "Terrence Malick." Film Comment Podcast (April 11, 2017) ["“You don’t want something to look too staged in movies or they look overly presented. You don’t know what comes out . . . You don’t know what you have at the end of the day.” That was Terrence Malick during a rare public appearance at SXSW last month, on the occasion of the premiere of the Austin, Texas–set Song to Song. Although the film nominally follows characters through the city’s music scene and features the likes of Patti Smith (for a few minutes) and John Lydon (for 10 seconds), it doesn’t seek to document a milieu so much as evoke the breadth of human experience in all its tactility and transience. Needless to say, there’s a lot to discuss, so this episode of The Film Comment Podcast thoughtfully considers Song to Song and Malick’s artistic output. FC Digital Producer Violet Lucca mulls it over with contributors Shonni Enelow, English professor at Fordham and author of Method Acting and Its Discontents, and Nick Pinkerton, member of the New York Film Critics Circle, in a conversation covering Malick’s experimentation with free-associative forms, the 19th-century influence on his worldview, his depictions of gender, and how the critical discourse surrounding his work often reflects subtly different philosophies of art and criticism."]

Son of Sofia (Bulgaria/France/Greece: Elina Pskou, 2017: 105 mins)

Pskou, Elina. "Son of Sofia." Following Films (April 20, 2017)  ["After her celebrated debut, “The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas”, Elina Psykou returns with “SON OF SOFIA”, a dark, yet tender coming-of-age fairytale that strikes a masterful balance between realism and dreams, much like its young lead. The story revolves around 11-year-old Misha, who flies from Russia to Athens in the summer of 2004, to join his mother, Sofia, after having spent a long time apart. What he doesn’t know is that there is a father waiting for him there. While Greece is living the Olympic dream, Misha will get violently catapulted into the adult world, riding on the dark side of his favorite fairy tales."]

Spielberg (USA: Susan Lacy, 2017)

Haskell, Molly, Michael Koresky and Violet Lucca. "Steven Spielberg." Film Comment Podcast (October 3, 2017) ["Looking ahead to the New York Film Festival premiere of Susan Lacy’s documentary Spielberg, this week’s Film Comment podcast considers the household-name auteur: the architect of the modern blockbuster, and a surviving (and thriving) master of the Classical Hollywood vernacular. Molly Haskell is on hand to impart wisdom from her most recent book Steven Spielberg: A Life in Films, which came out in the spring, as well as firsthand recollections of writing about Spielberg in the age of second-wave feminism. She joins Film Society of Lincoln Center Editorial Director Michael Koresky, who edited the Reverse Shot book Steven Spielberg: Nostalgia and the Light, published with Museum of the Moving Image this summer, and FC Digital Producer Violet Lucca for a discussion spanning Spielberg’s big marquee titles and his less appreciated works."]

Spoor (Poland/Germany/Czech Republic/Sweden/Slovakia/France: Agnieszka Holland and Kasia Adamik, 2017: 128 mins)

Taubin, Amy. "Mother Earth." Film Comment (March/April 2018) ["An unclassifiable, unflinching eco-mystery, Agnieszka Holland’s Spoor shows off the pioneering Pole’s stylistic verve—and nerves of steel"]

Suburbicon (USA: George Clooney, 2017: 105 mins)




Thor: Ragnarok (USA: Taika Waititi, 2017: 130 mins)

Miller, Daniel. "Is Disney Paying Its Share in Anaheim?: The Money Battle Outside the Happiest Place on Earth." The Los Angeles Times (September 24, 2017) [Bob Garfield reports on Disney's unsuccessful retaliation against The Los Angeles Times for this article in "Who Won the Disney Boycott."]

Kempenaar, Adam and Josh Larsen. "Thor: Raganarok / Top 3 Superhero Costume." Film Spotting (November 3, 2017)

Take My Nose ... Please (USA/Mexico: Joan Kron, 2017: 92 mins)

Kron, Joan. "Take My Nose Please ... A Joan Iron Film." Film School (April 21, 2017) ["TAKE MY NOSE PLEASE is a seriously funny and wickedly subversive look at the role comedy has played in exposing the pressures on women to be attractive and society’s desire/shame relationship with plastic surgery."]

Thoroughbreds (USA: Cory Finley, 2017: 92 mins)

Cassidy, Brendan and J.D. Duran. "Thoroughbreds / The Death of Stalin." InSession Film (March 2018)

Tom of Finland (Finland/Sweden/Denmark/Germany/Iceland/USA: Dome Karukosi, 2017: 115 mins)

Grabowsky, Jessica, et al. "Tom of Finland (2017)." The Projection Booth #348 (November 11, 2017) ["Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen redefined gay erotica with his intricate, fetishistic drawings of muscle-bound uniformed men. Dome Karukoski's 2017 bio-pic Tom of Finland explores the life of Laaksonen (Pekka Strang) and his legacy. Maitland McDonagh (120 Days Books) joins Mike to discuss Tom of Finland, Daddy and the Muscle Academy, and more."]

Tonsler Park (USA: Kevin Jerome Everson, 2017: 80 mins)

Balsom, Erika. "The Reality Based Community." e-flux #83 (2017)

Trophy (USA: Christina Clusiao and Saul Schwarz, 2017)

Clusiao, Christina and Saul Schwarz. "Sundance 2017: Trophy." Radio West (January 20, 2017) ["Filmmakers Shaul Shwarz and Christina Clusiau followed hunters, breeders, and conservationists to ask what we do to save the great species of the world from extinction. The high cost of trophy hunting trips to Africa often fund conservation efforts and communities, but critics say there’s a danger in treating animals like commodities. Schwarz and Clusiau join Doug to talk about that relationship between hunting and conservation."]

Unrest (UK/USA: Jennifer Brea, 2017: 98 mins)

Brea, Jennifer. "Unrest." Film School (October 7, 2017) ["Jennifer Brea is a Harvard PhD student soon to be engaged to the love of her life when she’s struck down by a mysterious fever that leaves her bedridden. She becomes progressively more ill, eventually losing the ability even to sit in a wheelchair, but doctors tell her it’s “all in her head.” Unable to convey the seriousness and depth of her symptoms to her doctor, Jennifer begins a video diary on her iPhone that eventually becomes the feature documentary film Unrest. Once Jennifer is diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), commonly called chronic fatigue syndrome, she and her new husband, Omar, are left to grapple with how to live in the face of a lifelong illness. Refusing to accept the limitations of bedbound life, Jennifer goes on an inspiring virtual voyage around the world where she finds a hidden community of millions confined to their homes and bedrooms by ME. These patients use the internet, Skype and Facebook to connect to each other — and to offer support and understanding. Many ME patients have experienced uncertainty, confusion and even disbelief from the medical community and society as a whole. After all, it’s easy to ignore a disease when patients are too sick to leave their homes. In Unrest, Jennifer shares her pain and the most intimate moments of her life in order to offer hope and visibility to those who suffer alone in dark, silent rooms. Though Jennifer and Omar may have to accept that they will never live the life they originally dreamed about, together they find resilience, strength, and meaning in their community and each other. Director, subject and activist Jennifer Brea joins us to talk about her journey, illness and her determination to make things better for people living with ME."]

War for the Planet of the Apes (USA/Canada/New Zealand: Matt Reeves, 2017: 130 mins)

Hassler-Forest, Dan. "The Politics of the Planet of the Apes." The Los Angeles Review of Books (August 26, 2017)

The Workshop (France: Laurent Cantet, 2017: 113 mins)

Davis, Nick. "The Workshop." Film Comment (March/April 2018)

Nakhnikian, Elise. "Interview: Laurent Cantet on the Making of The Workshop." Slant (March 19, 2018)

Wormwood (Netflix: Errol Morris, 2017: 241 mins)

Burchett, George. "Wormwood and a Shocking Secret of War: How Errol Morris Vindicated My Father, Wilfred Burchett." Counterpunch (January 12, 2018)

Zama (Argentina/Brazil/Spain/Dominican Republic/France/Netherlands/Mexico/Switzerland/USA/Portugal/Netherlands: Lucrecia Martel, 2017: 115 mins)

Allen, Esther. "The Crazed Euphoria of Lucrecia Martel's Zama." The NYR Daily (April 14, 2018)


2018:

A Quiet Place (USA: John Krasinski, 2018: 90 mins)

Kern, Laura. "Scare Tactics: Senseless Violence." Film Comment (May/June 2018) ["The loss of hearing or sight (or more) can trigger the ever-potent drama of survival against the odds"]

7 Days in Entebbe (USA/UK: José Padilha, 2018: 106 mins)

Bachner, Michael. "In new film, Jewish director challenges Israeli version of 1976 Entebbe rescue." The Times of Israel (February 20, 2018) 

Altered Carbon (Netflix: Richard Morgan, et al, 2018 - )

Haigis, Michael. "Altered Carbon: Season 1." Slant (February 1, 2018)

Annihilation  (UK/USA: Alex Garland, 2018: 115 mins)

Carter, David. "Annihilation: Depression, Destruction and Transformation." A Place for Film (March 19, 2018) 

Avengers: Infinity War (USA: Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, 2018: 149 mins)

Wardlaw, Ciara. "Three Problems with Thanos' Master Plan." Film School Rejects (May 2, 2018) 

A Wrinkle in Time (USA: Ava DuVernay, 2018: 109 mins)

Hudson, David. "Ava DuVernay's A Wrinkle in Time." The Current (March 7, 2018)

The Chi (Showtime: Lena Waithe, 2018 - )


The Devil We Know (USA: Stephanie Soechtig, 2018: 95 mins)

Bailey, Buckey, Rob Bilot and Joe Kiger. "DuPont vs. the World: Chemical Giant Covered Up Health Risks of Teflon Contamination Across Globe." Democracy Now (January 23, 2018) ["“The Devil We Know,” that looks at how former DuPont employees, residents and lawyers took on the chemical giant to expose the danger of the chemical C8, found in Teflon and countless household products—from stain- and water-resistant apparel to microwave popcorn bags to dental floss. The chemical has now been linked to six diseases, including testicular and kidney cancers. We speak with Bucky Bailey, whose mother worked in the Teflon division of a DuPont plant in West Virginia while she was pregnant with him, and who was born with only one nostril and a deformed eye and has undergone more than 30 surgeries to fix the birth defects; Joe Kiger, lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit against DuPont, and a school teacher in Parkersburg, West Virginia, who suffered from liver disease; and Rob Bilott, the attorney that brought DuPont to court."]

Fifty Shades Freed (USA: James Foley, 2018: 105 mins)


Isle of Dogs (USA/Germany: Wes Anderson, 2018: 101 mins)

Gibson, Bradley. "Isle of Dogs." Film Threat (March 30, 2018)


King in the Wilderness (USA: Peter W. Kunhardt, 2018: 111 mins)

Branch, Taylor and Trey Ellis. "MLK’s Fight Against Racism, Militarism & Capitalism: Historian Taylor Branch on King’s Final Years." Democracy Now (April 4, 2018) ["It was 50 years ago today when Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis. He was just 39 years old. We turn now to a conversation Democracy Now! recently had with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Taylor Branch and writer Trey Ellis, who both worked on the new HBO documentary “King in the Wilderness,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The film recalls the last three years of King’s life, beginning after President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Despite passage of the monumental legislation, King set his eyes on new battles by launching a Poor People’s Campaign and campaigning to stop the Vietnam War. King’s decision to publicly oppose the war isolated him from many of his closest supporters."]

Branch, Taylor, Trey Ellis and Peter Kunhardt. "MLK’s Radical Final Years: Civil Rights Leader Was Isolated After Taking On Capitalism & Vietnam War." Democracy Now (January 25, 2018) ["Fifty years ago this April, Rev. Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. He was just 39 years old. Today we look back at the last three years of King’s life, beginning after President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Despite passage of the monumental legislation, King set his eyes on new battles by launching a Poor People’s Campaign and campaigning to stop the Vietnam War. King’s decision to publicly oppose the war isolated him from many of his closest supporters. We feature clips from a new HBO documentary about King’s last years, titled “King in the Wilderness,” and speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Taylor Branch, who wrote the “America in the King Years” trilogy and is featured in the film, as well as the film’s director Peter Kunhardt and writer Trey Ellis."]

Madeline's Madeline (USA: Josephine Decker, 2018: 90 mins)

Ebiri, Bilge. "Miranda July, Josephine Decker, and Helena Howard on Their Sundance Hit Madeline’s Madeline." The Village Voice (January 30, 2018) ["The beautiful thing about making art is the enormous possibility of failure."]
Seeing Allred (USA: Roberta Grossman and Sophie Sartain, 2018: 96 mins)

Allred, Gloria. "Women’s Rights Attorney Gloria Allred on Suing Donald Trump over Sexual Assault: 'Truth Matters.'" Democracy Now (January 26, 2018) ["We are broadcasting from the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, which has been surging with energy from the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement. It was at Sundance two decades ago that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein allegedly assaulted actress Rose McGowan. McGowan told The New York Times in October that Weinstein offered her $1 million in a hush money payment if she signed a nondisclosure agreement to not come forward with her charges that he raped her in a hotel room during the 1997 festival. We speak with longtime women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred, who represents one of the women who have accused President Trump of sexual assault, and feature an excerpt from a new documentary on her life and path-breaking legal career, called “Seeing Allred.”"]

Shirkers (USA: Sandi Tan, 2018: 96 mins)



Sorry to Bother You (USA: Boots Riley, 2018: 105 mins)


Hudson, David. "Sundance 2018: Boots Riley's Sorry to Bother You." The Current (January 24, 2018)

Transit (Germany: Christian Petzold, 2018: 101 mins)

Fraga, Victor. "Transit." Dirty Movies (February 17, 2018) ["Just a little bit of history repeating? Audacious German film transposes Holoucast novel from 1942 onto modern Marseilles; the outcome is odd and yet bewitching - from the Berlinale."]

Unsane (USA: Steven Soderbergh, 2018: )

MacFarlane, Steve. "Unsane." Slant (February 21, 2018)

Yours in Sisterhood (USA: Irene Lusztig, 2018: 101 mins)

Moodie, Megan. "Handmade Feminism: Irene Lusztig’s Yours in Sisterhood." Los Angeles Review of Books (May 11, 2018)

No comments:

Post a Comment