Christopher Bourne
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.

New Directors/New Films 2015: 10 Notable Selections From An Impressive Slate

As this year's edition of New Directors/New Films, co-programmed by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art, winds up (it closes tomorrow), the festival once again confirms its stellar reputation for introducing New Yorkers to... More »
  

NYC Happenings: First Time Fest 2015 Showcases And Supports New Talent In Its Third Edition

First Time Fest, which runs this year through March 9, is now in its third edition, and the festival continues its mission to support and spotlight first-time filmmakers with a competition (grand prize is distribution by Cinema Libre Studio), panels,... More »
  

Review: WILD CANARIES, An Effervescent Comic Murder Mystery, Both Retro And Modern

One of the most interesting forms of music sampling is what's known as the "mash-up." In some of the best and most creative examples of this practice - e.g. Danger Mouse's Grey Album (Jay Z's Black Album/Beatles' White Album) or... More »
  

NYC Happenings: Oshima's IT'S ME HERE, BELLETT and Eight Experimental Shorts by Tezuka, Rarities at Japan Society

For the past few months, New Yorkers have been treated to some great programs of rarely-screened films by major Japanese filmmakers at Japan Society. In the monthly film series "The Dark Side of the Sun: John Zorn on Japanese Cinema,"... More »
  

Documentary Fortnight 2015: MoMA's Annual Showcase Provocatively Intersects Contemporary Art and Nonfiction Film

"Documentary Fortnight: MoMA's International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media," which screens at the Museum of Modern Art through February 27, once again brings an impressive array of new films, retrospectives, and installations to New York audiences. Two masters of... More »
  

NYC Happenings: "Tell It Like It Is: Black Independents In New York, 1968-1986" Uncovers An Overlooked Yet Richly Creative Period

Of the many cultural events occasioned by Black History Month, without a doubt one of the most rewarding, and indeed revelatory, is "Tell It Like It Is: Black Independents in New York, 1968-1986," the Film Society of Lincoln Center's series.... More »
  

Review: 2015 Oscar Nominated Short Films, An Eclectic, Globe-Trotting Selection

As much talk as there's been about the lack of diversity among this year's Academy Award nominees, there is at least one section where diversity, and an illuminating look at world cultures, can be found. That place is the in... More »
  

Review: In SONG ONE, The Tune May Be Familiar, But The Performance Is Lovely

One of the great pleasures of experiencing music, especially genres such as pop, or - more pertinently for this review - indie folk, lies in the familiarity of its forms. Like comfort food for the ears, they follow well-established stylistic... More »
  

Review: APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR Marks The Emergence Of A Major Comedic Talent

Imagine, if you will, that Woody Allen, Jerry Seinfeld, and Louis CK got together to create a love child who had Lena Dunham as a nanny, and who grew up to become a bisexual Iranian-American woman. Such a person, if... More »
  

NYC Happenings: First Look 2015 Offers A Thrillingly Eclectic Lineup

January at first glance may not seem to have that much to offer as far as moviegoing goes, other than mostly unpromising studio comedies and thrillers, and awards-season hopefuls if you're seeking better quality. Thankfully, there are alternatives available, especially... More »
  

Review: WHEN EVENING FALLS ON BUCHAREST OR METABOLISM, Witty And Structurally Elegant

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 »
  

J Hurtado's Top 10 Movie Memories Of 2014

Here we go again!My standard admonition about my own lists is that these are, in no way AT ALL, the best movies of the year. They are the ones that gave me the biggest thrills, made me think, made me... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Twitch's Top 10 Movies Of 2014

And that's the end of that chapter. 2014 is running on fumes and all eyes are already looking to awards season and the behemoths of next year that threaten to decimate the box office. The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star... More »
By James Marsh   
  

NYC Happenings: The New York Korean Film Festival 2014 Makes a Welcome Return

The great folks at Subway Cinema, besides bringing us the New York Asian Film Festival each summer, do a great job showcasing the best of classic and contemporary Asian cinemas throughout the year, from special screenings of new films... More »
  

DOC NYC 2014 Boasts An Expanded, Impressively Diverse Slate

DOC NYC, the largest documentary festival in the U.S., which runs this year from November 13-20, gets even bigger with its fifth edition, with well over 150 films, panels, masterclasses, and tributes, spanning across three venues: the IFC Center, the... More »
  

Review: BUTTER ON THE LATCH, A Fascinating And Truly Original Work Of Art

One of the most fascinating and fully-formed talents to emerge this year is director, actress, and performance artist Josephine Decker, who now has two accomplished features under her belt. The first, Butter on the Latch, had its world premiere at... More »
  

Margaret Mead Film Festival 2014 Offers Provocative, Moving Global Documentaries

The 2014 edition of the Margaret Mead Film Festival, a great annual documentary fest which screens at the American Museum of Natural History and runs this year from October 23-26, has as this year's theme "Past Forward." According to the festival,... More »
  

New York 2014 Review: BIRDMAN, A Visual and Comedic Feast For The Eyes and Mind

This year's New York Film Festival came to a satisfying conclusion with one of its best selections, Birdman, or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), the oddly titled (and punctuated) fifth feature by acclaimed Mexican filmmaker Alejandro G. Iñárritu. Returning in... More »
  

New York 2014 Review: CITIZENFOUR, The Chilling Story Behind Edward Snowden's Explosive Revelations

In this year's New York Film Festival there were two gripping thrillers, both receiving their world premieres at the festival, and, intriguingly enough, both featuring moodily effective scores by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. One was David Fincher's novel adaptation... More »
  

NYC Happenings: "Stephen Chow: The King of Comedy," An Appreciation of the Popular and Versatile Hong Kong Actor-Director

Hong Kong actor and writer-director Stephen Chow has been an immensely popular figure in Asia since first appearing on TV and in films in the late 1980s. He is best known in the West, however, for his two breakout international hits... More »
  
 
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