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Rating Title/Year Author
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019) Tina Hassannia [Martin] Scorsese follows the lackadaisical approach of the Revue in his compilation to the film's detriment; it doesn't help that the earthy '70s film stock never quite fully captures the insouciant energy of its time. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
TINY: The Life of Erin Blackwell (2016) Tanner Tafelski Although it uses a similar style as Street Wise - voices heard over footage - Tiny is more straightforward and streamlined. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
Streetscapes (Dialogue) (2017) Tanner Tafelski ...a major departure for Emigholz... EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
Rat Film (2016) Tanner Tafelski ...provides the evidence that the problems of Baltimore's past are in fact the problems of its present. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
Visages, villages (2017) Tanner Tafelski ...a palatable, easily digestible film that is as ephemeral as the murals showcased in it. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
Quay (2015) Tanner Tafelski [Feels like] a featurette you'd find on a Blu-ray, filler. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
Maska (2009) Tanner Tafelski ...one of the Quays' more narrative-oriented works, but it's still as baroque as ever... EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
Winter Brothers (2017) Tanner Tafelski Pálmason seems to work intuitively, and what he creates with Winter Brothers is a shaggy film that alternates between being invigorating and tedious. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) Tanner Tafelski ...a transcendental and immersive documentary assembled by RaMell Ross... EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival (2016) Tanner Tafelski the documentary...is at once a glimpse into Haraway's life and a casual credo exuding her way of thinking. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
Den' Pobedy (2018) Tanner Tafelski Victory Day reflects Loznitsa's enduring preoccupation with communities engaging with, or enmeshed in the creation of history. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg (2016) Tanner Tafelski ...the documentary is a good, albeit slanted, starting point to familiarize oneself with contemporary Chinese art and the man who helped expose it to the world. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
The Queen of Sheba Meets the Atom Man (1963) Tanner Tafelski With The Queen of Sheba Meets the Atom Man, Rice returns to the rowdy improvisational approach of The Flower Thief, this time on the East Coast in a cramped apartment and on the streets of Manhattan. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
The Flower Thief (1960) Tanner Tafelski Not only is this a freeform film shapeshifting with every scene, but it is also a document of the thriving Beat movement... EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
The Image Book (2018) Tanner Tafelski ...a work, both surprising and confounding, that indicates the lyrical and poetic potential of montage-based cinema. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
Donbass (2018) Tanner Tafelski [Donbass] is an angry film casting a light on 'Europe's forgotten war' - a war with more than 10,000 casualties so far. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
The Trial (2018) Tanner Tafelski The film plays like a classic Hollywood courtroom drama, however with the uncomfortable mood, the interstitial tedium, and the long-winded responses included. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
Peace (2010) Tanner Tafelski [Peace is] fully formed and stands on its own as a portrait of a couple working and existing meaningfully. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
() Bedatri D. Choudhury American Trial and its portrayal of the broken American legal system seems so real that it doesn't just convey Snipe Garner's helplessness but also amplifies it. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Varda by Agnès (2019) Bedatri D. Choudhury It's simultaneously a basic filmmaking class and a poignant look at art as a form of autobiography. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Chained for Life (2018) Bedatri D. Choudhury It is an investigation into how history in general, and film history specifically, has perceived people with disfigurements, all done with a tongue-in-cheek attitude toward political correctness, but also genuine heart. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
() Tanner Tafelski Bitter Bread turns a compassionate eye on the hardscrabble lives of people who have been violently uprooted from their homes, and still yearn for them. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2019
Rojo (2018) Ela Bittencourt Dario Grandinetti's riveting performance as the vaguely menacing yet bureaucratic Claudio is a reminder that repulsive or unfathomable characters can be as fascinating as likable ones. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
One Child Nation (2019) Bedatri D. Choudhury Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang's One Child Nation unpacks the history and brutal effects of a policy that dominated a population. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Decade of Fire (2019) Bedatri D. Choudhury At least 150,000 people were displaced from the South Bronx throughout the '70s, and this film is a counter-history lesson to help prevent such a thing from happening again. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
General Magic (2017) Tina Hassannia While the documentary is about the specific emotional journey of General Magic and the psychological impact of defeat, there's a fair bit to unpack when we think more broadly about tech culture's attitude toward failure. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
Ash Is Purest White (2018) Matthew Eng Jia's storytelling and his deep-feeling, ever-resourceful actors radiate a compassion for these characters that gets the blood running in nearly every frame of Ash Is Purest White. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
Ravening (2019) Poulomi Das Much of the brilliance of the genre-hybrid Aamis is in its steadfast refusal to commit. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
Se rokh (2018) Bedatri D. Choudhury [3 Faces] is a more meditative reflection on women's relationships to art, work, and labor under Iran's orthodox societal norms and beliefs. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Knock Down the House (2019) Poulomi Das Knock Down the House serves primarily as a searing examination of power and its glaring inaccessibility - specifically in a democracy. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Black Mother (2018) Tanner Tafelski Black Mother is a film about love made with love. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Monica Castillo Jenkins's tender filmmaking style accentuates the emotional undertones in Baldwin's words. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
Leaning Into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy (2017) Bedatri D. Choudhury Goldsworthy's art is driven by an awareness of instability and mortality, which makes it a profound celebration of the present, of life. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
Love, Cecil (2017) Bedatri D. Choudhury Vreeland makes a concerted effort to probe beyond the Cecil Beaton the world knows. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
Nico, 1988 (2017) Bedatri D. Choudhury Over and over again, Nicchiarelli's film advocates for a recognition of Nico that goes beyond her stint as a singer for The Velvet Underground. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
Walking on Water (2018) Bedatri D. Choudhury Watching the eccentric luddite Christo bringing the installation to life is like watching a magician perform a drawn-out magic trick. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
Jay Myself (2018) Bedatri D. Choudhury We witness not just an artist anxious about his uprooting, but also the anxiety of a city as it changes beyond recognition. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (1968) Ela Bittencourt While the film is mostly focused on the music and the settings in which it was originally played, Anna Magdalena's voice guides us, providing the film's peculiar, illusive texture. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2018
Life and Nothing More (2017) Ela Bittencourt Esparza's vision of motherhood, as a fortress whose foundations must hold even on the shakiest of grounds, pulls us into a soaring emotional tide, and keeps us entranced, marveling at Williams's talent and charm as a non-professional actor. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2018
Teströl és lélekröl (2017) Ela Bittencourt There is a real tinge of sadness to On Body and Soul, which serves as a quaint allegory on dating in the age of Tinder: a hint that visiting mysterious strangers in our dreams is at times as close we get to intimacy. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2018
The Death of Louis XIV (2016) Tanner Tafelski Set almost exclusively in Louis' bedchamber, the film is both boring and riveting, grand and minimal. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2018
Francofonia (2015) Tanner Tafelski Francofonia (2015) bristles at labeling. The latest whatsit by Russian titan Alexander Sokurov moves comfortably between categories. It stands three paces to the right of the essay film and three paces to the left of the docudrama. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2018