An Uneasy Homecoming: on Alan Ball’s Uncle Frank

By Zoe Kurland. Uncle Frank takes many leaps of faith to peddle a strong message of self-love, yet leaves us with a forced reconciliation, tying a sloppy bow around a very unwieldy, amber-tinged package.” Alan Ball’s latest film, Uncle Frank, opens in the midst of a South Carolina summer. A […]

Nostalgia Falls Flat: Sylas Dall’s They Reach

By Elias Savada. They Reach offers slow build up and small jump scares. Too much music, not enough imagination, although the direction is adequate.” They Reach starts like a low-budget road trip reboot of the sadly departed Supernatural tv series (well, two guys in a station wagon, with a gun […]

In Cinema’s Genes – Comics and Pop Culture: Adaptation from Panel to Frame

American Splendor (Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, 2003) A Book Review by Thomas Puhr. The collection’s 19 contributors deftly sidestep the ‘Are superhero movies cinema?’ debate – which usually leads to pointless semantic hair-splitting – and instead focus on diverse examples (from American Splendor, to Modesty Blaise and Scott Pilgrim) to illustrate the […]

Film Scratches: November 2020

Film Scratches is a blog by David Finkelstein focusing on the world of experimental and avant-garde film, especially as practiced by individual artists. It features a mixture of reviews, interviews, and essays. Apocalypse With a Silver Lining: Letter from the Gone World (2017) In Lydia Moyer’s powerful 18 minute essay film, Letter from […]

A New Gamble: Rupert Penry-Jones on Getting to Know You

By Gary M. Kramer, I feel my whole life has been one big gamble from the moment I chose to become an actor. I feel the buzz of getting a job is the same as winning the jackpot.” Getting to Know You, available on demand November 24, is a poignant, […]

Keeping the Peace: On David Freyne’s Dating Amber

By Zoe Kurland. The film is redeemed by its overall heart, precious bouts of whimsy, and, above all, the care given to moments of quiet when the battle recedes into the background.” The year is 1995, and a group of Irish soldiers (the 57th battalion, to be exact) has just […]

Lulu Forever: the 2020 Louise Brooks FilmPodium Retrospective (Zurich)

Fritz Kortner and Louise Brooks in Pandora’s Box (G.W. Pabst, 1929) By Thomas Gladysz. Louise Brooks has been described as a “cult actress”…. But as both the Melbourne and Zurich retrospectives show, there is a good deal more to this singular performer.” Last October, the Melbourne Cinémathèque in Melbourne, Australia […]