Review: TABU is a Glorious Celebration of Cinema and Crocodiles

Tabu calls to mind the oft-repeated comparison between film directors and magicians. Indeed, how else but with magic could Portuguese director Miguel Gomes have created such a joyful, enthralling film from this wild mix of historical adventure, deadpan humor, romance,... More »
  

NYFF 2012 Review: FLIGHT, Well-Acted But Shamelessly Manipulative Awards Bait

The 50th edition of the New York Film Festival ended much as it began, with the launch of potent awards season bait, namely, the world premiere of Flight, the latest film by Robert Zemeckis. Flight is Zemeckis's first live-action feature... More »
  

NYFF 2012 Review: LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE, Abbas Kiarostami's Mysterious, Mesmerizing Tokyo Nocturne

Like Someone in Love, the gorgeous, deeply mysterious and unsettling new film by Abbas Kiarostami, continues his return to narrative filmmaking, which began with Certified Copy, the Italy-set feature that marked his first outside his native Iran. Kiarostami's latest, which can... More »
  

NYFF 2012 Review: CASTING BY Is A Heartfelt Plea To Bring Casting Directors The Recognition They Deserve

Casting By is a heartfelt plea to bring casting directors the recognition they so rightfully deserve. It is also a slice of Hollywood Pie full of big name interviews, amusing anecdotes, and little-seen footage that will leave film lovers' mouths... More »
  

NYFF 2012 Review: LEVIATHAN Explores Depth of Audio/Visual Experience

It's dark. First, you hear the eerie clanking of metal and waves: sound of something heavy, something industrial getting pulled out of the bubbling sea. It's all abstract: saturated colors- iridescent blue, yellow, red and green all mixed in. It... More »
  

NYFF 2012 Review: GINGER & ROSA Goes Nuclear

Director Sally Potter (Orlando, Tango Lesson)'s new film starts with stock footage of an atomic blast. A great way to open a film if it was an Ed Wood B-picture. But Ginger & Rosa is not one of those. It's... More »
  

NYFF 2012 Review: MEMORIES LOOK AT ME Is a Lovely, Elegaic Observation of Family Life

In a late scene in Memories Look at Me, Song Fang's lovely, elegiac debut feature, Fang (played by Song herself), a young woman from Beijing visiting her parents at her childhood home in Nanjing, wistfully expresses to her mother her... More »
  

NYFF 2012 Review: THE PAPERBOY Delivers A Lurid, Loopy Southern Gothic Thriller

This year's New York Film Festival is, as always, full of films by new and established auteurs, well-crafted, earnest and artistic endeavors, the kind that audiences and critics pack screenings for, leavened with the occasional nod toward more populist fare.... More »
  

NYFF 2012 Review: SOMETHING IN THE AIR -- And It Might be Hope

At the outset, Olivier Assayas's Something in the Air is a biographical nostalgia piece about growing up in the aftermath of the May '68 events in France. But what it really is, is a social experiment in which 18-19 year... More »
  

NYFF 2012 Review: FINAL CUT - LADIES AND GENTLEMEN Might Be The Greatest Film About Film Ever Made

Gyorgy Palfi's Final Cut - Ladies and Gentlemen might be the greatest film about film ever made. Hyperbolic quote baiting? I assure you, I'm being sincere. It's not often I see a film that I'm impelled to gush about, let... More »
  

NYFF 2012 Review: ROMAN POLANSKI: ODD MAN OUT

In 2008, director Marina Zenovich re-opened old wounds with the release of her film Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, a documentary about the titular filmmaker's infamous 1977 rape trial. It shined a light on a number of alleged inappropriate and... More »
  

NYFF 2012 Review: BARBARA Tears Down the Wall

As a leading figure of Berliner Schule, director Christian Petzold has been portraying 'lost' people in both literal and metaphorical sense: desperate souls cornered into making tough and sometimes wrong decisions brought on by economic hardships in the post-global recession... More »
  

NYFF 2012 Review: LIFE OF PI Is Intriguing But Inconsistent

The much anticipated Life of Pi, the new film from Ang Lee, based on Yann Martel's 2001 Man Booker Prize-winning bestseller, opened the 50th New York Film Festival this past Friday. Long considered impossible to film - even though, as... More »
  
 
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