Film: “Wonderstruck”

Todd Haynes’ new film, “Wonderstruck”, was the closing night selection at the New York Film Festival. I didn’t see it there, but I’ve read that it was well-received, as it was at Cannes this year. Haynes is one of our most original and imaginative filmmakers. This story, adapted by Brian Selznick from his novel of…

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New York Film Festival 2017

As in past years, I made my own select list from the main slate for my reviews. The seven for this year are diverse and timely. Also as before, I post the reviews in ascending order of preference.   LET THE SUNSHINE IN Whether legendary veteran filmmaker Claire Denis originally had a serious story to…

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Film: “The Handmaiden”

Revenge, as the saying goes, is a dish best served cold. There is little warmth to be found in Park Chan-wook’s brilliant The Handmaiden, but the filmmaker makes sure to serve bunches of wit and sexy fun along with it.┬áIt is essentially a dark tale, however, that sits comfortably alongside Park’s other work, like Oldboy,…

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A Noteworthy Debut at Tribeca 2016

Simon Dixon sees nothing wrong with starting at the top, and he makes a good case for that with his first film as a director, Tiger Raid, which had its world premiere at Tribeca on April 17th. I interviewed him and his producer, Gareth Evans, soon after the premiere, and it was obvious they were…

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Tribeca 2016: “Mother”

  The film from Estonia this year is Mother, the third feature directed by Kadri Kousaar, and her first at Tribeca. A serio-comic mystery set in a small town, it stars Tiina Malberg as a woman caring for her comatose adult son, who was shot by an unknown assailant. I sat down with Kadri and…

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Special Screening: “Smithereens”

    A special screening of Susan Seidelman’s Smithereens was presented on the last night of the Queens World Film Festival. I’d never seen it before, but I knew of its reputation as one of the earliest films directed by a woman to get international attention. In spite of its being shot in 16 millimeter,…

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