Christopher Bourne
New York City, New York

Chris is a film critic, editor, blogger, incurable cinephile, and all-around culture maven. He blogs on film at The Bourne Cinema Conspiracy.

Preview: New York Asian Film Festival, Still Crazy After All These Years

A mainstay in the NYC cinephile scene for thirteen yeas, the New York Asian Film Festival could be called an institution, but can something that is often so much fun as NYAFF be called as such? In short, yes. Despite... More »
  

BAMcinemaFest 2014 Brings An Impressively Diverse Slate To Brooklyn

The sixth edition of BAMcinemaFest, screening at BAM Rose Cinemas and the Steinberg Screen at BAM Harvey Theater from June 18 through June 29, brings a typically diverse and eclectic selection of features, shorts, and retrospective screenings to downtown Brooklyn.... More »
  

Review: MANUSCRIPTS DON'T BURN, An Angry, Raw and Chilling Protest Against State Censorship in Iran

Manuscripts Don't Burn, a searingly angry, chilling, and despairing work by Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof, is a visceral reminder that the ability to express oneself freely, whether in journalistic or creative endeavors, is never something to be taken for granted... More »
  

KINO! 2014 Revamped Festival Continues to Showcase New German Cinema in NYC

After its previous 35-year relationship with the Museum of Modern Art, the 2014 edition of the KINO! Festival of German Films in New York reboots in new locations, but still continues its mission of bringing notable recent German films to... More »
  

Brooklyn Film Festival 2014 Transcends Formula To Deliver Fascinating Films From Around The World

The Brooklyn Film Festival, the largest and longest running competitive, international film festival in Brooklyn, will run its 17th annual edition from May 30 through June 8 in Williamsburg, at indieScreen and Windmill Studios NYC. Don't let the festival's title... More »
  

NYC Happenings: "All Hail The King: The Films of King Hu" Pays Tribute To The Master Martial Arts Film Director

Not only martial arts fans, but cinephiles in general are in for a rare treat this summer when the retrospective "All Hail The King: The Films of King Hu" arrives at BAM Rose Cinemas in Brooklyn from June 6 through... More »
  

Tribeca 2014 Review: MISCONCEPTION Challenges What You Think You Know About Overpopulation

Jessica Yu has created some of the finest and most formally innovative documentaries of the past decade, such as In the Realms of the Unreal (2004) and Protagonist (2007). Her latest film Misconception, which recently had its world premiere at... More »
  

Tribeca 2014 Review: ICE POISON, A Mesmerizing, Stark Depiction of Drugs and Poverty in Burma

Grinding poverty and severely restricted life and economic choices push two impoverished denizens of Myanmar into drug dealing, and using, with predictably dire consequences in Midi Z's strong, stylistically assured third feature Ice Poison. As in his previous features Return... More »
  

Tribeca 2014 Review: LAND HO! Takes Us On An Immensely Charming Icelandic Road Trip

The wonderfully freewheeling, peripatetic road movie Land Ho!, spanning the vast, rich Icelandic landscape, marks the first collaboration between two talented independent filmmakers: Martha Stephens (Passenger Pigeons, Pilgrim Song) and Aaron Katz (Dance Party USA, Quiet City, Cold Weather). Together, they... More »
  

Tribeca 2014 Review: TIME IS ILLMATIC, An Illuminating Look Back at the Creation of a Hip-Hop Classic

This year's Tribeca Film Festival got off to a rousing start with the screening (and accompanying concert by its subject) of Time is Illmatic, a documentary by multimedia artist One9 about the making of Nas' immensely influential 1994 debut album... More »
  

Tribeca 2014: Twitch Raises The Curtain With 17 Must-Sees

Spring has most certainly arrived in The Big Apple (finally), which means so has the Tribeca Film Festival. Now in its 13th year, the fest kicks off tonight with Time Is Illmatic, multimedia artist One9's documentary on Nas' landmark album... More »
  

First Time Fest 2014: Awards and Festival Reflections

First Time Fest, a film festival that celebrates and supports first time filmmakers, wrapped up its second edition on April 7 with a closing night awards ceremony held at 42West nightclub. During the festival, besides Josephine Decker's psychological horror film... More »
  

First Time Fest 2014 Review: BUTTER ON THE LATCH, A Fascinating, Elliptical Psychological Horror Tale

First Time Fest, beyond all its star-studded packaging, is at its core about showcasing new filmmaking talent, and perhaps the most fascinating and fully-formed talent featured this year is director, actress, and performance artist Josephine Decker, who now has two... More »
  

NYC Happenings: First Time Fest Celebrates and Supports Debut Filmmakers

One of the great things about living in New York City is its rich, eclectic and diverse film culture. One of the results of this is that you can't swing your arms without hitting a film festival of one kind... More »
  

New Directors/New Films 2014 Offers Promising New Talents and Unique Visions From Across the Globe

The 43rd edition of New Directors/New Films, screening at The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art through March 30, once again offers a strong slate of distinctive, emerging voices from around the globe. Click through... More »
  

Review: THE MISSING PICTURE, A Hauntingly Poetic Work of Emotional and Historical Archaeology

Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh has devoted his career to documenting the brutal horrors perpetrated on his homeland by the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime, which for four nightmarish years from 1975 to 1979 subjected the citizens under their control to forced... More »
  

Review: STALINGRAD Offers Massive Visual Spectacle But Little Else

Its US release coming on the heels of the just-wrapped Sochi Olympics, where Russia presented a noble image of itself for both domestic and international consumption, the Russian war film Stalingrad seeks to do much the same in cinematic terms. It... More »
  

Documentary Fortnight 2014 Review: CAMPAIGN 2, A Revealing Examination of the Absurdities of Japanese Politics

As the title indicates, Kazuhiro Soda's latest film Campaign 2, the fifth of his self-described "observational documentaries," is a follow-up to his 2007 film Campaign, which followed Kazuhiko "Yama-san" Yamauchi's 2005 run for a city council seat in Kawasaki City,... More »
  

Documentary Fortnight 2014: MoMA's Annual Showcase Offers Innovative, Challenging, and Beautiful Films

The 13th edition of Documentary Fortnight, the Museum of Modern Art's annual showcase of documentary features, short films, and installations, screens from February 14-28. The wide-ranging, international selection, as always, is very impressive, featuring films that are innovative, beautifully made,... More »
  

Review: COLD COMES THE NIGHT Elevates Familiar Genre Elements With Fine Performances And Skillful Execution

In 2009, writer-director Tze Chun garnered much acclaim with his debut feature Children of Invention, a semi-autobiographical film about a single mother and her two children struggling to make ends meet in suburban Boston. At first glance, Chun's follow-up, the... More »
  
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