New York Film Fest 2013 Review: Spike Jonze's HER Is The New Anthem Of The Millennial Generation

It's hard to believe that Her is only Spike Jonze's fourth feature film since he has been in our pop-culture consciousness for a long time. With his innovative music videos and films, he's always been creating worlds that are both... More »
  

New York Film Fest 2013 Review: THE MISSING PICTURE, A Hauntingly Poetic Work of Emotional and Historical Archeology

Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh has devoted his career to documenting the brutal horrors perpetrated on his homeland by the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime, who for four nightmarish years from 1975 to 1979 subjected the citizens under their control to forced... More »
  

New York Film Fest 2013 Review: WHEN EVENING FALLS ON BUCHAREST OR METABOLISM Interrogates The Film Medium With Elegance And Sly Humor

Corneliu Porumboiu, with just three features now under his belt, has established himself as one of the finest filmmakers of the Romanian new wave. His previous films 12:08 East of Bucharest (2006) and Police, Adjective (2009) impressed film festival audiences... More »
  

New York Film Fest 2013 Review: ABUSE OF WEAKNESS Turns The True Story Of A Conman's Swindle Into Fascinating But Frustratingly Opaque Art

In 2004, French director Catherine Breillat, famous for making very personal and sexually provocative films such as 36 Fillette (1988), Romance (1999), and Fat Girl (2001), suffered a debilitating stroke caused by a cerebral hemorrhage. This stroke partially paralyzed her... More »
  

New York Film Fest 2013 Review: Joanna Hogg's EXHIBITION, Exceptional 'Scenes From A Marriage'

British filmmaker Joanna Hogg, along with Mexico's Fernando Eimbcke, has been chosen for FSLC's The Emerging Artists Program, part of this year's New York Film Festival. They are playing all three feature films by her, the latest being Exhibition. Having... More »
  

New York Film Fest 2013 Review: Praise the Lord! James Franco's CHILD OF GOD Is A Revelation

Love him or hate him, James Franco has one of the more interesting Hollywood careers going these days. My own relationship with the man was born of indifference and suckled at the teat of hatred, thanks in no small part... More »
  

New York Film Fest 2013 Review: LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON Affectingly Re-examines Nature vs. Nurture

It seems Kore-eda Hirokazu is incapable of making bad movies. The babies-switched-at-birth premise in films is nothing new. But he just makes it so darn affecting and poignant, avoiding all the clichés that go with this kind of blurry-eyed family... More »
  

New York Film Fest 2013 Review: AT BERKELEY, A Fascinating, Immersive Examination of the Famed Educational Institution

For 46 years now and counting, the 83-year old filmmaker Frederick Wiseman has carved out an endlessly fruitful niche within his chosen genre: the examination and function of various institutions. His methodology has remained unchanged since his first films in... More »
  

Review: TABU is a Glorious Celebration of Cinema and Crocodiles

Tabu calls to mind the oft-repeated comparison between film directors and magicians. Indeed, how else but with magic could Portuguese director Miguel Gomes have created such a joyful, enthralling film from this wild mix of historical adventure, deadpan humor, romance,... More »
  

NYFF 2012 Review: FLIGHT, Well-Acted But Shamelessly Manipulative Awards Bait

The 50th edition of the New York Film Festival ended much as it began, with the launch of potent awards season bait, namely, the world premiere of Flight, the latest film by Robert Zemeckis. Flight is Zemeckis's first live-action feature... More »
  

NYFF 2012 Review: LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE, Abbas Kiarostami's Mysterious, Mesmerizing Tokyo Nocturne

Like Someone in Love, the gorgeous, deeply mysterious and unsettling new film by Abbas Kiarostami, continues his return to narrative filmmaking, which began with Certified Copy, the Italy-set feature that marked his first outside his native Iran. Kiarostami's latest, which can... More »
  

NYFF 2012 Review: CASTING BY Is A Heartfelt Plea To Bring Casting Directors The Recognition They Deserve

Casting By is a heartfelt plea to bring casting directors the recognition they so rightfully deserve. It is also a slice of Hollywood Pie full of big name interviews, amusing anecdotes, and little-seen footage that will leave film lovers' mouths... More »
  

NYFF 2012 Review: LEVIATHAN Explores Depth of Audio/Visual Experience

It's dark. First, you hear the eerie clanking of metal and waves: sound of something heavy, something industrial getting pulled out of the bubbling sea. It's all abstract: saturated colors- iridescent blue, yellow, red and green all mixed in. It... More »
  

NYFF 2012 Review: GINGER & ROSA Goes Nuclear

Director Sally Potter (Orlando, Tango Lesson)'s new film starts with stock footage of an atomic blast. A great way to open a film if it was an Ed Wood B-picture. But Ginger & Rosa is not one of those. It's... More »
  

NYFF 2012 Review: MEMORIES LOOK AT ME Is a Lovely, Elegaic Observation of Family Life

In a late scene in Memories Look at Me, Song Fang's lovely, elegiac debut feature, Fang (played by Song herself), a young woman from Beijing visiting her parents at her childhood home in Nanjing, wistfully expresses to her mother her... More »
  

NYFF 2012 Review: THE PAPERBOY Delivers A Lurid, Loopy Southern Gothic Thriller

This year's New York Film Festival is, as always, full of films by new and established auteurs, well-crafted, earnest and artistic endeavors, the kind that audiences and critics pack screenings for, leavened with the occasional nod toward more populist fare.... More »
  

NYFF 2012 Review: SOMETHING IN THE AIR -- And It Might be Hope

At the outset, Olivier Assayas's Something in the Air is a biographical nostalgia piece about growing up in the aftermath of the May '68 events in France. But what it really is, is a social experiment in which 18-19 year... More »
  

NYFF 2012 Review: FINAL CUT - LADIES AND GENTLEMEN Might Be The Greatest Film About Film Ever Made

Gyorgy Palfi's Final Cut - Ladies and Gentlemen might be the greatest film about film ever made. Hyperbolic quote baiting? I assure you, I'm being sincere. It's not often I see a film that I'm impelled to gush about, let... More »
  

NYFF 2012 Review: ROMAN POLANSKI: ODD MAN OUT

In 2008, director Marina Zenovich re-opened old wounds with the release of her film Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, a documentary about the titular filmmaker's infamous 1977 rape trial. It shined a light on a number of alleged inappropriate and... More »
  

NYFF 2012 Review: BARBARA Tears Down the Wall

As a leading figure of Berliner Schule, director Christian Petzold has been portraying 'lost' people in both literal and metaphorical sense: desperate souls cornered into making tough and sometimes wrong decisions brought on by economic hardships in the post-global recession... More »
  
 
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