Defying a Deadly Game: The Alpinist

By Elias Savada. A penetrating ride up the side of sheer madness, yet a celebration of one man’s individualism.” Been there, seen that. Well, if we’re talking about mountain climbing. No, not me personally. I’ve just watched a lot of rock (climbing) stars in movies glorifying those incredibly epic – […]

Steve Neale: Interrogating Cinema

By Frank Krutnik. Renowned for his groundbreaking work on genre, Neale has also made key interventions into other areas of film and media criticism…. [He] is not afraid to challenge critical orthodoxies, but does so not in a grandstanding manner but with a persuasive equanimity that invites us to rethink […]

Family Ties: Toby Poser and John Adams on The Adams Family’s Hellbender

By Alexandra Heller-Nicholas. After seven features, starting when the girls were 6 and 11 years old, we’ve learned how to dance together pretty well. It’s a constant evolution, not only our collective education with camera and sound equipment, but also in building a solid democracy as far as how we […]

Archetypes and Native American Cinema: Lyle Corbine Jr. on Wild Indian

By Ali Moosavi. Despite the title and the grandiose nature of the film…[Makwa’s journey] was really a personal retelling of things that I’ve seen in my Ojibwe community and the different responses to trauma there.” Wild Indian is the feature film debut of Native American filmmaker Lyle Corbine Jr. Lyle. […]

Old Math, New Tricks: Paul Schrader’s The Card Counter

By Elias Savada. Some of you may be screaming at Schrader for his obsession with tormented souls in slow-burning, character-driven, and fiercely impulsive dramas. But if anyone’s going to tackle the style, I want him driving the car. And Isaac is his poker face chauffeur in The Card Counter.” In […]

Pervasive Effects: Zhao Liang’s I’m So Sorry

By Yun-hua Chen. With a rather comprehensive scope, the documentary’s subject matter spans from the mid of 20th century to recent past and ongoing present, and encompasses the full spectrum of nuclear weapons, nuclear plants, and the storage of high-level radioactive waste.” The director of the documentary I’m So Sorry, […]

Remembrance of Things to Come: M. Night Shyamalan’s Old

By James Slaymaker. Old reveals itself to be a deeply nuanced, emotionally resonant, structurally experimental and formally rigorous work of art. It’s also a work clearly informed by the collective trauma of the COVID-19 pandemic, even though it doesn’t make any explicit references….” This article contains spoilers for M. Night […]

Detectives and Androids, 2021: Filmmaker Andrew Baird on ZONE 414

By Ali Moosavi. Very much noir and very little sci-fi.” A detective let loose in a world full of androids. No, we’re not talking about Blade Runner. On the surface, Irish director Andrew Baird’s feature film debut, ZONE 414, bears some similarities to the Ridley Scott classic. They are, however, […]

Smiles in the World of Tiles: Lily Topples the World

By Elias Savada. A lovely little crowd pleaser, devoid of drama but filled with captivating artistry.” Like a leisurely afternoon watching fun YouTube videos, Lily Topples the World collects a bunch of those, and more, as it puts a smile on your face as worlds (of tile) tumble. No matter […]