Delayed Gratification – ReFocus: The Films of Albert Brooks

A Book Review by Thomas Puhr. A much-needed overview not just of the filmmaker, but of his enduring cultural impact.” Read any critical piece on Albert Brooks and you’ll invariably encounter descriptors like “underappreciated” or “overlooked.” But what is meant, exactly, by such labels? After all, two of his films […]

Lessons from a Master – Hayao Miyazaki (DelMonico Books)

A Book Review by Thomas Puhr. Like the exhibition itself, the publication is first and foremost a celebration of the singular writer-director.” My first Hayao Miyazaki film – 1989’s Kiki’s Delivery Service – was like nothing I’d (wrongly) come to expect from animation: by turns contemplative and silly, wistful and innocent, it felt closer in spirit […]