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.

"Chinese Realities/Documentary Visions" at MoMA, An Essential Film Series Tracing 25 Years Of Chinese Documentary Practice

Currently on view at the Museum of Modern Art, the valuable and eye-opening film series "Chinese Realities/Documentary Visions" traces the progression of Chinese documentary practice from 1988 to the present, and how filmmakers have recorded the rapid changes China has... More »
  

Tribeca 2013 Review: RAZE, A Bloody and Brutal Female-Centered Action Spectacle Headlined by Stuntwoman Turned Thespian Zoe Bell

If you're the type of person who ever thought, "Man, I wish there was a movie filled with attractive women beating the shit out of each other," well, Raze has come along to answer your prayers. A brutal, relentless machine... More »
  

Tribeca 2013 Review: THE PRETTY ONE, With a Great Performance by Zoe Kazan In an Uneven Film

Actress Zoe Kazan (The Exploding Girl, Ruby Sparks) shines in a dual role as twin sisters in Jenée LaMarque's debut feature The Pretty One, receiving its world premiere at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. Unfortunately, the film Kazan is in... More »
  

Tribeca 2013 Review: ADULT WORLD, An Obnoxious, Self-Consciously Quirky Would-Be Comedy

Like most other festivals, the Tribeca Film Festival is filled with films good, bad, and mediocre, but the nadir of my cinematic experiences here so far is certainly Scott Coffey's Adult World, a would-be comedy and self-described "satire" that is... More »
  

Tribeca 2013 Review: FLOATING SKYSCRAPERS, The First Polish LGBT Film, A Boldly Intimate Story of Forbidden Desire

Floating Skyscrapers is described by its director Tomasz Wasilewski as the first LGBT Polish film, which makes the film itself as taboo-breaking as its main characters themselves, who struggle to assert their desires, and their right to express them, in... More »
  

Tribeca 2013 Review: HARMONY LESSONS, A Brilliantly Directed Tale of School and State Cruelty Straight Outta Kazakhstan

A village school and the surrounding area in rural Kazakhstan is the backdrop for the brutal Darwinism, of both the social variety and that found in nature, depicted in Emir Baigazin's astonishing debut feature Harmony Lessons, whose extraordinary accomplishments in... More »
  

Tribeca 2013: Twitch Picks 17 Can't Miss Titles

Time to raise that curtain up! The Tribeca Film Fest starts tonight! We've already brought you plenty of previews with our looks at the Galas and Midnighters, the Documentary and Narrative Competitions, the Special Screenings and Shorts, and the... More »
  

ND/NF 2013 Review: JISEUL, A Mournful, Beautifully Photographed Depiction of a Historical Tragedy

This year's edition of New Directors/New Films is typically eclectic, with as many stylistic approaches as filmmakers employing them. But there are probably no films this year as visually stunning as Jiseul, O Muel's artful and truly original dramatization of... More »
  

ND/NF 2013 Review: BLUE CAPRICE, A Coldly Detached Observation of Two Mass Murderers

Given the devastating recent history of mass shootings in the U.S., Alexandre Moors' debut feature Blue Caprice, the opening night film of New Directors/New Films 2013, is nothing if not timely. Blue Caprice is a speculative imagining of the events... More »
  

Review: ARCADIA Brings Freshness To The Coming-Of-Age Tale And The Road Movie

The coming-of-age story is a well-worn, indeed over-familiar mode of narrative, especially in films, but director Olivia Silver's feature debut Arcadia overcomes this pitfall by bringing great sensitivity and a nicely-honed sense of poignancy, as well as some fine performances... More »
  

Review: LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE Casts A Mysterious, Unsettling Spell In Tokyo

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... More »
  

"A Pryor Engagement" at BAM Is a Welcome Reminder of the Film Work of an Influential Comic Genius

"A Pryor Engagement," an 18-title survey of films featuring Richard Pryor, a comedian whose influence continues to loom over many others who followed in his wake (Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, and Louis C.K. being only a few examples), screens at... More »
  

Review: THE PIROGUE, A Tragically Familiar Yet Well-Told Tale of a Perilous Sea Voyage

A recurring visual motif in Moussa Touré's affecting and often harrowing sea drama The Pirogue consists of a simple yet quietly commanding camera move: the scanning of faces. These are the faces of 30 men, and one woman stowaway, who... More »
  

Christopher Bourne's Top Films of 2012 - Breaking News: Cinema Is Not Dead

Every so often, when writers and editors apparently have no better ideas at that moment, they will write alarmist think pieces bemoaning the "death of cinema." Most of the arguments usually boil down to three factors: big-budget blockbusters sucking up... More »
  

Review: MAMA, A Stylishly Directed But Disappointingly Predictable Horror Film

"Once upon a time," reads the title card that kicks off Mama, a supernatural horror film by first time feature director Andy Muschietti, which is being sold under the imprimatur of a much more famous name, Guillermo del Toro, who... More »
  

Guillermo del Toro and Jessica Chastain on the Making of MAMA

Mama, opening in the U.S. on January 18, is a supernatural horror film that deals with two little girls rescued from the woods following their parents' death. The sisters are placed in the care of their uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau)... More »
  

Global Lens 2013 Review: BEIJING FLICKERS, A Subtly Observed, Incisive Portrait of China's Struggling Youth

San Bao (Duan Bowen), the disaffected, down-and-out protagonist of Zhang Yuan's latest and beautifully observed film Beijing Flickers, in an early scene, is desperately chasing after his dog Lucky, "meaning Happiness," who has suddenly run away. It soon becomes clear... More »
  

Review: QUARTET, Dustin Hoffman's Affectionate Tribute To Great Artists Of The Stage, Screen, And Concert Hall

Dustin Hoffman, as an actor, has essayed some of the most iconic and edgy roles to hit the big screen: counterculture hero Benjamin Braddock in The Graduate, Ratso Rizzo in Midnight Cowboy, the nebbish turned avenger in Straw Dogs, Lenny... More »
  

Review: PROMISED LAND, A Well-Intentioned But Dramatically Inert Environmental-Issue Drama

Promised Land, the latest film from director Gus Van Sant, written by two of its actors, John Krasinski and Matt Damon, is nothing if not extremely topical. At its heart is the hot-button environmental issue of hydraulic fracturing, better known as... More »
  

"Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema" Brings Some of the Best of Contemporary and Classic Romanian Films to NYC

"Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema," screening from November 29 through December 5, continues the Film Society of Lincoln Center's annual survey of contemporary Romanian cinema. Films from this country have retained interest among followers of world cinema since the 1990's Romanian... More »
  
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