Category: 2010s

The Ghost of Peter Sellers Documentary

Review: Peter Medak’s ‘The Ghost of Peter Sellers’

“If failure is the greatest teacher, then Peter Medak has earned his doctorate with ‘The Ghost of Peter Sellers.'”

Tokyo Vampire Hotel

Sion Sono’s ‘Tokyo Vampire Hotel’ Is Trauma Porn, and Maybe That’s OK

“The most remarkable feature of ‘Tokyo Vampire Hotel’ is its timeliness. Though the series was released in 2017, it takes place in 2021, and something about it feels distinctly ‘2020s,’ distinctly of the cinema to come, if not distinctly of 2020 and the present moment.”

Aparisyon Movie Essay - 2012 Isabel Sandoval Film

One Tough Nun: Spiritual Awakening in Isabel Sandoval’s ‘Aparisyon’

“It’s a fascinating experience to see ‘Aparisyon’ via Locarno’s ‘Open Doors’ strand, where it is presented as a key work in understanding contemporary Filipino cinema.”

Creem: America's Only Rock 'n' Roll Magazine Documentary

Review: Scott Crawford’s ‘CREEM: America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine’

“There was nothing else like ‘CREEM’ back then, and there’s still nothing like it now. That’s not only a testament to the importance of the magazine, it’s also a sad commentary on what’s lacking in modern music criticism.”

A Girl Missing Movie Review - 2019 Film

Interview: Kôji Fukada on the Mysteries of ‘A Girl Missing’

Marshall Shaffer Interviews ‘A Girl Missing’ Director Kôji Fukada

You Don't Know Me Movie Review - 2019 Jeffrey McHale Documentary Film

Different Places: Jeffrey McHale’s ‘You Don’t Nomi’ Dances with the Legacy of ‘Showgirls’

“I was taken with You Don’t Nomi’s comfortable attitude toward the complexity and ambiguity of a text that can support and sustain such wildly opposite readings.”

Brigitte Movie Review - 2019 Lynne Ramsay Documentary

Review: Lynne Ramsay’s ‘Brigitte’

“‘Brigitte’ is a slight and sweet addition to Ramsay’s catalogue, and it gently leaves its impressions.”

Make Up Movie Review - 2019 Claire Oakley Film

Review: Claire Oakley’s ‘Make Up’

“When ‘Make Up’ reaches the light at the end of its twisted tunnel, its culmination is gratifying and sumptuously-realised.”

Eeb Allay Ooo! Movie Film

An Interview with ‘Eeb Allay Ooo!’ Director Prateek Vats

Dipankar Sarkar Interviews ‘Eeb Allay Ooo!’ Director Prateek Vats

Parasite Review - 2019 Black and White Version

Review: Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Parasite’ (Black and White Edition)

“The black and white edition of ‘Parasite’ is a gift, and the real beacon shining brightly in the dark.”

Impetigore Movie Review - 2019 Joko Anwar Film

Review: Joko Anwar’s ‘Impetigore’

“Indonesian horror has been gradually finding its feet over the past few years, and ‘Impetigore’ shows that we’ve barely even scratched the surface.”

The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl Movie Film

Exploring Gender in Masaaki Yuasa’s ‘The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl’

“‘The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl’ feels like an inadvertent political statement, a continuation of the status quo in the romantic comedy genre. Still, there is something there.”

Nobuhiko Ōbayashi

Understanding Nobuhiko Ōbayashi: From ‘House’ to ‘Hanagatami’

“No director has been able to replicate Nobuhiko Ōbayashi’s iridescent, hallucinatory and  infectious passion for film.”

The Beach House Movie Review - 2019 Jeffrey A. Brown Film

Review: Jeffrey A. Brown’s ‘The Beach House’

“‘The Beach House’ signals an exciting new star in horror.”

Babyteeth Movie Review - 2019 Shannon Murphy Film

Review: Shannon Murphy’s ‘Babyteeth’

“Much of Babyteeth’s vitality can be located in the way each of the central characters is so fully realized.”

The Audition Movie Review - 2019 Ina Weisse Film

Review: Ina Weisse’s ‘The Audition’

“‘The Audition’ considers how we navigate the middle space between power and powerlessness, and Hoss’ performance, whether she’s yearning for affection or responsible for staggering brutality, is the film’s greatest asset.”

Tommaso Movie Review - 2019 Abel Ferrara Film

Review: Abel Ferrara’s ‘Tommaso’

“‘Tommaso’ shows Ferrara taking his career in a new direction, and it’s nice to see someone of his stature still making innovative, daring films.”

After Midnight Movie Film

Interview: Jeremy Gardner, Christian Stella and Justin Benson on ‘After Midnight’

Leslie Hatton Interviews ‘After Midnight’ Filmmakers Jeremy Gardner, Christian Stella and Justin Benson

Hammer Movie Review - 2019 Christian Sparkes Film

Review: Christian Sparkes’ ‘Hammer’

“Hammer’s short length may feel like a detriment to some and seem too sparse, with its brevity making for some awkward moments. That said, it’s a refreshing change from the sprawling crime sagas of late…”

Yourself and Yours Movie Essay - 2016 Hong Sang-soo Film

Uneasy Recognition: On Hong Sang-soo’s ‘Yourself and Yours’

“‘Yourself and Yours’ is a great summer movie, where the over-lit qualities reflect a state of mind more than an exact reality.”