Christopher Bourne
Featured Critic; New York City, New York

Chris is a film critic, editor, blogger, incurable cinephile, and all-around culture maven. He blogs on film at The Bourne Cinema Conspiracy.

Review: BLEAK STREET, True Crime Turned Into A Visually Striking Dark Carnival

Bleak Street, the very appropriately named new film from veteran Mexican director Arturo Ripstein, is ripped from the headlines, much like the TV show "Law and Order." Inspired by the double murder of two dwarf men who were popular luchadores... More »
  

First Look 2016: Six Must-See Selections

The Museum of the Moving Image's First Look Festival, screening through January 24, is a wonderfully eclectic and eye-opening selection of films that transcend the boundaries of fiction, documentary, and experimental films. You can read Dustin Chang's overview of the... More »
  

Review: DIABLO, A Western That Makes Its Genre Generic

The Western film genre, a main staple of American movies decades ago, but nowadays much scarcer, is currently enjoying a mini-revival, spearheaded by the current 70mm roadshow release of Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, in which Tarantino continues to marry... More »
  

TwitchFilm's Top 10 Movies Of 2015

Here at TwitchFilm, we are pleased to feature contributions from dozens of people located all over the world, writing about the movies that intrigue, confound, anger, and delight them. While that makes us a distinctive site, it also makes it... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

"Nobuhiko Obayashi: A Retrospective": 5 Highlights From a Fantastic Oeuvre

"Nobuhiko Obayashi: A Retrospective," screening at Japan Society through December 6, offers a long-overdue (re)introduction to a fascinating and innovative filmmaker, one of the few of his generation still active. He's best known for his 1977 cult classic House, but... More »
  

NYC Happenings: "Nobuhiko Obayashi: A Retrospective," A Career-Spanning Showcase That Goes Far Beyond HOUSE

The Japanese filmmaker Obayashi Nobuhiko, now 77 and still quite active -- his most recent feature Seven Weeks screened at this year's Japan Cuts festival -- is best known in the U.S. for his 1977 debut feature House, his wild... More »
  

Margaret Mead Film Festival 2015 Expands The Boundaries Of Documentary And Visual Anthropology

The Margaret Mead Film Festival, one of New York's finest documentary and visual anthropology showcases, returns for its 2015 edition, screening from October 22-25 at the American Museum of Natural History. This year's edition will screen 57 films from over... More »
  

The New York Korean Film Festival 2015 Returns With An Impressive, Eclectic Lineup

Cinema fans in New York City will be in for a treat next month with the return of the New York Korean Film Festival, which will have its 13th edition at the Museum of the Moving Image from November... More »
  

New York 2015 Review: BRIDGE OF SPIES, A Thrilling Throwback To An Earlier Era

The New York Film Festival's transition in the past few years from being more or less purely a showcase for the crème-de-la-crème of world cinema (which it still largely is) to being an increasingly prominent stop on the way to... More »
  

New York 2015 Review: CEMETERY OF SPLENDOUR, A Beautiful and Beguiling Waking Dream

The Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, in his body of work consisting of six features, plus a number of short and medium length films, and also art installations, illuminates the landscapes of his native country in ways that often approximate trance-like... More »
  

NYC Happenings: "Set It Off: LA Hip-Hop On Film" Revisits 90s West Coast Rap In The Wake Of STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON

As F. Gary Gray's NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton tops the US box office charts for the third straight week -- you can read my review here -- those who enjoyed that film may want to see other films in that milieu,... More »
  

Review: STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, An Artful And Entertaining Musical Biopic

"You are now about to witness the strength of street knowledge." So begins the title track of NWA's seminal 1988 album Straight Outta Compton, a hip-hop landmark that almost single-handedly changed the direction of the art form. The making of... More »
  

NYC Happenings: "Cinema On The Edge: Best Of The Beijing Independent Film Festival" Brings Banned Works To U.S.

In the U.S., and in most countries for that matter, making independent films is a common and relatively unremarkable practice, mainly meaning creating works that are the opposite of studio and big-budget films. Usually, filmmakers go this route because they wish... More »
  

Japan Cuts 2015 Review: THIS COUNTRY'S SKY, Love And Coming of Age In A Time Of War

In the 70 years since the end of World War II - or, more precisely, what will be 70 years this August - there have been countless cinematic depictions of the war, covered from just about every possible angle. Some... More »
  

Japan Cuts 2015 Review: PIETA IN THE TOILET, A Cancer Story Told With Poetic Artistry

Pieta in the Toilet, the first fictional feature by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Matsunaga Daishi, is a two-hour drama about a young man who's dying of cancer. But fortunately, this film proves to not be nearly as depressing as that description... More »
  

Preview: Japan Cuts 2015 Rocks

North America's largest film festival for contemporary Japanese cinema is back for its 9th edition, taking place at the Japan Society in New York City, July 9 - 19.Dustin Chang and Christopher Bourne, our intrepid vets of the fest, bring... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

New York Asian 2015 Review: IT'S ALREADY TOMORROW IN HONG KONG, A Charming Romantic Travelogue

Here's the basic plotline of producer and now first-time writer-director Emily Ting's immensely charming romance It's Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong, boiled down to its basic essence. A man and a woman meet, and (spoiler alert) fall in love over... More »
  

New York Asian 2015 Review: TAKSU, An Erotically Charged Island Sojourn

Taksu, the second feature by actress, producer, and now director Sugino Kiki, takes its title from the Balinese concept (often associated with dance) of artistry and charisma that taps into divine, spiritual power. And though it may be going too... More »
  

Twitch's Top 10 Movies Of The First Half Of 2015

As mentioned before, the year 2015 is moving on with breakneck speed, it seems. Currently we're already at the halfway point, and can look back at what's been a pretty surprising cinematic six months. So we asked ourselves what we... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Preview: New York Asian Film Festival, Back In Action!

A summer staple for NYC, the New York Asian Film Festival (affectionately known around these parts as NYAFF) swings back into action at The Film Society Of Lincoln Center and SVA Theater, June 26 - July 11. Jam packed with... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  
 
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