“‘Kubrick by Kubrick’ has the effect of placing the notoriously particular and media-shy subject in the room with the eager listener/viewer.”
“Von Trier’s fixed dedication to craft comes across as weirdly puritan, but it’s precisely this fixed tunnel vision of artistic dedication that betrays a distinctly white and male creative privilege.”
Zach Vasquez Interviews Filmmaker Don Coscarelli
“Zierra builds several excellent sequences detailing Vitali’s sponge-like thirst for film production knowledge and the benefits it yielded (and continues to yield), including a virtually perfect and encyclopedic recall regarding Kubrick’s exacting color timing specifications.”
“‘Daughters of Darkness’ invites the audience into a cold, dreamlike experience that explores the versatility of desire.”
“What’s truly terrifying about ‘Hereditary’ is how empty it really is.”
Michael J. Casey on the TCM Classic Film Festival 2018
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Manuela Lazic and Adam Nayman on Conducting Interviews and Writing about Directors
In the second part of a three-chapter conversation conducted over months via a large Google Doc, Manuela Lazic and Adam Nayman discuss acting and how film critics interpret performances.
“Achieving a vibrant mix of swooning sincerity and bitter irony, Feng Xiaogang’s ‘Youth’ walks the tightrope of Chinese history with a showman’s flair and a subversive wit, channelling its conflicting perceptions of the past into a single cohesive, ultimately jaded vision.”
In the Vague Visages Writers’ Room on Facebook, freelancers were asked to comment about their favorite neo-noir films in celebration of #Noirvember.
“As a portrait of differing wartime experiences, ‘Dunkirk’ is too plot-oriented to be successful.”
“The film goes beyond strict and narrow generic classification and touches upon something universal, something profound about undying affection and the unreliability of reality.”
“‘The Beguiled’ plays out exactly as one might expect and never really stretches beyond its contained premise.”
Alejandra Rosenberg Interviews J. Hoberman
“What is awkward about these reviews is how they oppose the film’s best qualities to its generic roots.”
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“‘Under the Shadow’ is an admirable film, albeit not wholly original.”
“Elliptical and predominantly visual, ‘Evolution’ will frustrate any viewer unwilling to let go of common sense.”