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Greg Carlson

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed Review - 2022 Laura Poitras Documentary

A Portrait of the Portrait Artist: Laura Poitras and Nan Goldin Get Together for ‘All the Beauty and the Bloodshed’

“Goldin’s openness and forthrightness extends to her advocacy on behalf of so many others who, like herself, struggled or continue to struggle with opioid addiction.”

She Said Review - 2022 Maria Schrader Movie Film

Maria Schrader Dramatizes a Contemporary Reckoning in ‘She Said’

“Condensing, combining and streamlining are expected elements of movie storytelling, but ‘She Said’ works toward a composite that validates as many facts and details as possible within the limitations of the feature film format.”

The Pez Outlaw Review - 2022 Documentary Film by Amy Bandlien Storkel and Bryan Storkel

Review: Amy Bandlien Storkel and Bryan Storkel’s ‘The Pez Outlaw’

“In ‘The Pez Outlaw,’ the Storkels include enough material centered on the durable and enchanting romance between Glew and wife Kathy to keep viewers firmly on his side.”

Catherine Called Birdy Review - 2022 Lena Dunham Movie Film on Amazon

Review: Lena Dunham’s ‘Catherine Called Birdy’

“Dunham delivers the most polished and confident feature of the four she has made so far…”

Exposing Muybridge Review - 2021 Marc Shaffer Documentary

Marc Shaffer Explores the Legend of Helios in ‘Exposing Muybridge’

“At just under 90 minutes, ‘Exposing Muybridge’ doesn’t wear out its welcome, but there are a few aspects of the subject’s colorful legacy that could have used more detail and consideration.”

Both Sides of the Blade Review - 2022 Claire Denis Movie Film

‘Both Sides of the Blade’: Claire Denis and Juliette Binoche Team Again in Silver Bear Winner

“Be it film, novel, poem or song, the triangle is one of the most frequent tropes in storytelling. Denis is such a gifted moviemaker, though, that cliche is absent from the precise and specific moments inside her intelligently constructed universe.”

Moonage Daydream Review - 2022 David Bowie Documentary

Brett Morgen Keeps His ‘Lectric Eye on the Iconic David Bowie in ‘Moonage Daydream’

“‘Moonage Daydream’ is committed to art and artist. With few exceptions, like the acknowledgement of Bowie’s love for Iman, private life stays private.”

Nothing Compares Review - 2022 Sinéad O'Connor Showtime Documentary

‘Nothing Compares’: Kathryn Ferguson Covers Sinéad O’Connor in Strong Music Doc

“Ferguson applies remarkable editorial skill to make judicious choices regarding what to keep in ‘Nothing Compares’ and what to omit.”

The Woman King Review - 2022 Gina Prince-Bythewood Movie Film

Review: Gina Prince-Bythewood’s ‘The Woman King’

“In an instant, it is plain to see that Davis is superior to her material.”

Don't Worry Darling Movie Review - 2022 Olivia Wilde Movie Film

Review: Olivia Wilde’s ‘Don’t Worry Darling’

“‘Don’t Worry Darling’ is neither a masterpiece nor a failure (I prefer Wilde’s warmer ‘Booksmart’), but it has definitely made the shortlist as one of the year’s most talked-about films.”

The Silent Twins Review - 2022 Agnieszka Smoczynska Movie Film

Review: Agnieszka Smoczynska’s ‘The Silent Twins’

“‘The Silent Twins’ plugs away without the urgency or rising stakes that would invite viewers to identify with the special world inhabited by the female protagonists.”

Neptune Frost Review - 2021 Movie Film by Anisia Uzeyman and Saul Williams

‘Neptune Frost’: Anisia Uzeyman and Saul Williams Project the Future

“‘Neptune Frost’ challenges and frustrates, and often leaves one wishing for more clarity. But it is filled with poetry, and it understands the importance of projecting an alternative to our reality.”

Dear Mr. Brody Review - 2021 Keith Maitland Documentary Film

Rich Man, Poor Man: Keith Maitland’s ‘Dear Mr. Brody’

“Maitland’s sense of graphic design and visual organization are chief pleasures of ‘Dear Mr. Brody.'”

Who We Are Movie Review - 2021 Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler Documentary Film

Review: Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler’s ‘Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America’

“Directors Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler blend creative visual storytelling with keen legal and historical acumen to transform Jeffery Robinson’s potent stage lecture into one of the most vital documentaries of the year.”

Freakscene Review - 2021 Philipp Virus Documentary Film

Review: Philipp Virus’ ‘Freakscene: The Story of Dinosaur Jr.’

“Director Philipp Reichenheim (who also uses the handle Philipp Virus) compiles a serviceable primer on the wall of sound produced by one of the seminal power trios of 1980s independent/DIY music.”

Happening Movie Review - 2021 Audrey Diwan Film

Review: Audrey Diwan’s ‘Happening’

“‘Happening’ will remind viewers of Eliza Hittman’s ‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’ for the way in which both films present the practical challenges faced by women seeking abortion care.”

Raymond Rea Interview - Collecting Movies

Collecting Movies with Raymond Rea

Raymond Rea Interview: Greg Carlson and the filmmaker/educator discuss movie collecting.

Nope Movie Review - 2022 Jordan Peele Film

‘Nope’: Jordan Peele Goes West in Imaginative Genre Mash-Up

“One of the most refreshing dimensions of ‘Nope’ resides in Peele’s willingness to trust viewers to follow him into unexpected territory.”

Good Luck to You, Leo Grande Movie Review - 2022 Sophie Hyde Hulu Film

Review: Sophie Hyde’s ‘Good Luck to You, Leo Grande’

“Hyde’s handling of the material, confirmed by her tone and the setting, should not be condemned for something it is decidedly not.”

Cha Cha Real Smooth Movie Review - 2022 Cooper Raiff Apple TV+ Film

Review: Cooper Raiff’s ‘Cha Cha Real Smooth’

“I think Raiff is a legitimate addition to the broad group of artists identified with the New Sincerity trend as popularized by David Foster Wallace and Jim Collins.”