New York 2022 Review: Hong Sang-soo's THE NOVELIST'S FILM, Compulsion and Stagnation
Prolific as ever, Hong is not stagnating for sure. But I guess with the pandemic it crossed his mind. I hope his compulsion never stops.
New York 2021 Review: MEMORIA, Body Memories in Visual/Sonic Masterpiece
Tilda Swinton stars in a new film by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. As with the Thai auteur's other films, watching it is like sleepwalking through unfamiliar territory.
New York 2021 Review: PETITE MAMAN, Like Mother, Like Daughter
Joséphine Sanz, Gabrielle Sanz, and Nina Meurisse star in a fairytale without fringes, directed by Céline Sciamma. It's one of the most touching films of the year.
New York 2021 Review: NEPTUNE FROST, Afrofuturist's Vision of Our Connected World
Cheryl Isheja, Bertrand Ninteretse, and Eliane Umuhire star in a spiritual, joyful lo-fi cousin of 'The Matrix' and 'Bacurau,' directed by Anisia Uzeyman and Saul Williams.The film's message might be the same here, but with more music and dancing. And it still manages to look like a badass cyberpunk film.
New York 2021 Review: IN FRONT OF YOUR FACE, Emotionally Resonant, Horny Dramedy
Directed by Hong Sang-soo, the film may lack his narrative and structural inventiveness but it has a nasty hook that gets you at the end, defying the conventional romance narrative. It's wickedly funny, too.
New York 2021 Review: DRIVE MY CAR, Surviver's Guilt, Loneliness and Human Connection
Based on a short story by famed Japanese author Murakami HarukI, from the collections Men Without Women, the film is a skillfully adapted and directed tale of human connection and redemption.
New York 2021 Review: THE TSUGUA DIARIES, Coping with Covid Lockdown
Wryly reflecting the nature of 'expect the unexpected' in both life and filmmaking, Maureen Fazendeiro and Miguel Gomes create a delightful little summer movie.
New York 2021 Review: Joel Coen's THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH, Expectations Not Met
But there have been many famous screen adaptations of the Shakespeare's play before. The first question anyone would naturally ask is, is another adaptation of the famous Scottish play really necessary?
New York 2021 Review: BERGMAN ISLAND, A Meta-Contemplation on an Artist's Creative Process
Tim Roth, Mia Wasikowska and Vicky Krieps star in a new film by Mia Hansen-Løve.
New York 2020 Review: UNDINE, Folklore Gets Fresh Makeover in Beguiling Christian Petzold Romance
Paula Beer and Franz Rogowski star in director Christian Petzold's reinvention of a mythical water creature story that parallels the history of the city of Berlin.
New York 2020 Review: THE WOMAN WHO RAN, Hong Sang-soo Again Explores Monotony vs. Chaos
Kim Min-hee, Lee Eun-mi, and Kwon Hae-hyo star in director Hong Sang-soo's deceptively simple yet deliciously playful film.
New York 2020 Review: NOTTURNO, Legacy of Colonialism in the Middle East
Directed by Gianfranco Rosi ('Sacro GRA,' 'Fire at Sea'), the documentary is biting and enormously affecting.
New York 2020 Review: BEGINNING, Powerful Indictment of Religious Patriarchy
Directed by Dea Kulumvegashivli, the powerful drama is one of the most self-assured debut films in recent memory.
New York 2020 Review: Jia Zhangke's SWIMMING OUT TILL THE SEA TURNS BLUE Presents a History of Literature
Director Jia Zhangke's documentary tells the story of changing times, migration and coming home. And his love for literature.
New York 2020 Review: In Tsai Ming-liang's DAYS, A Wordless, Intimate Encounter
Lee Kang-sheng stars in director Tsai Ming-liang's most intimate and touching film in years.
New York 2020 Review: ON THE ROCKS, Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray Reunite
Sofia Coppola’s films are imbued with a bratty strained independent punk rock aesthetic that often riffs on generic genres and themes with a strong focus on characters that refuse to conform. On The Rocks is a distant memory of this...
New York 2020 Review: MALMKROG, Prophetic Vision of Europe in Philosophical Terms
Directed by Cristi Puiu, the film deals with dense, heady philosophical musings from another century. But context is everything.
New York 2020 Review: THE HUMAN VOICE, Quintessential Almodovar, Plus Tilda Swinton in Short Form
Hopefully, this isn't the first and last collaboration between Pedro Almodovar and Tilda Swinton, because this short film is an extremely enjoyable experience.
New York 2020: THE CALMING Finds Inner Peace in Wondering
The Calming lends something bigger than man-woman tit-a-tat. It is rather, relieving of various pressures in life through constant movement.
New York 2019 Review: YOUNG AHMED, Portrait of the Religious Extremist As a Young Man
The latest social-realist drama from Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, starring Idir Ben Addi, Othmane Moumen, and Myriem Akheddiou, is well-intentioned, but unfortunately has little to say about Islamist radicalization.