Film Scratches: September 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. Recipe for the Imagination: Frozen (2019) Frozen is an experimental short by Adonia Bouchehri, a young London-based artist. Fascinating and wise, […]

The Ruins of Love: Natalie Krinsky’s The Broken Hearts Gallery

By Zoe Kurland. This emotional hoarder’s life works a bit like an Urban Outfitters version of the Christopher Nolan film Memento: each bizarre object reminds Lucy of an important moment in her life, which in turn, informs her sense of self.” In 2012, Taylor Swift released her fourth studio album, […]

World Building Run Amok in Ilya Khrzhanovskiy and Jekaterina Oertel’s DAU. Natasha

By Alexandra Heller-Nicholas. The film that resulted from this production context is very good, even if we may never truly know the truth about the filming environment” At first glance, to call Ilya Khrzhanovskiy and Jekaterina Oertel’s DAU. Natasha ‘epic’ is an understatement: intoxicating performances drive a series of suffocatingly […]

No Sparks: Michael Almereyda’s Tesla

By Elias Savada. Ethan Hawke elevates the role as the lead actor in Tesla, but he never really gets to show much range….” When I last commented on filmmaker Michael Almereyda, it was about the favorable impression I had watching Marjorie Prime (2017), his sci-fi-without-being-science-fictiony examination of artificial intelligence. Boy, […]

Exposé or Diatribe? Eric Merola’s The Andorra Hustle

By Thomas Puhr. The Andorra Hustle exists in a precarious position, torn between being an insightful think-piece and a grating political rant.” Events with far-reaching geopolitical ramifications can originate from the unlikeliest of places, as illustrated in Eric Merola’s The Andorra Hustle (2020). If you have no idea that the […]