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.

Opening: NOBODY WALKS Exposes Emotional Fault Lines With Flawless Balance

"One of the year's best American films," in the words of our own Christopher Bourne. opens tomorrow in limited release. Mr. Bourne saw Nobody Walks in connection with the BAMcinemaFest in New York earlier this year and wrote the following:... 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: 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: 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 »

"Yeonghwa: Korean Film Today" Review: Kim Kyung-mook's STATELESS THINGS

Kim Kyung-mook's astonishing, cleverly constructed, formally and thematically audacious Stateless Things is a major highlight of this year's edition of "Yeonghwa: Korean Film Today," screening at the Museum of Modern Art through September 30. This is a penetrating, provocative look... More »

"Yeonghwa: Korean Film Today" Reviews: HELPLESS, JESUS HOSPITAL, BLIND

The third edition of "Yeonghwa: Korean Film Today" is now playing at the Museum of Modern Art, through September 30. This year's selection, which is heavy on independent features, is especially impressive, with young talents offering unique and provocative visions.... More »

Well Go USA Picks Up Hur Jin-ho's DANGEROUS LIAISONS For U.S. Distribution

In advance of its North American premiere this Monday night at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, the Hollywood Reporter reports that Dangerous Liaisons, Korean director Hur Jin-ho's Chinese-language adaptation of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos' classic French novel, has been picked... More »

Review: Sophia Takal's GREEN

Green, the remarkable and quietly self-assured debut film from director/actress Sophia Takal, refers in its title to much more than the foliage that appears in its rural setting. Most pertinently, the main subject of this film is the proverbial green-eyed... More »

Review: So Yong Kim's FOR ELLEN

So Yong Kim, one of the US's finest filmmakers, celebrated by critic A.O. Scott in a 2009 New York Times article as a practitioner of American "neo-neo realism," finds her inspiration in deeply autobiographical places, working out personal issues from... More »

DVD Review: Kim Hyoung-jun's NO MERCY

Kim Hyoung-jun's 2010 debut feature No Mercy is the sort of twisted revenge thriller that many casual fans associate with post-2000s Korean cinema. It has drawn many comparisons with Park Chan-wook's Oldboy, mostly due to the concluding twist, which fairly... More »

Gen Art Film Festival 2012 Review: THE KITCHEN

Many of us who live in crowded cities like New York, with ever shrinking living spaces, have attended (or thrown our own) packed, cramped house parties, teeming with people we barely know, many of whom have a tenuous (at best)... More »

Review: Spike Lee's RED HOOK SUMMER

Red Hook Summer, Spike Lee's 20th feature film and the sixth entry in his "Chronicles of Brooklyn" series (after She's Gotta Have It, Do the Right Thing, Crooklyn, Clockers, and He Got Game), represents a cinematic homecoming for the director,... More »

Japan Cuts 2012 Review: THE WOODSMAN AND THE RAIN

The major highlight of this year's Japan Cuts festival for Japanese film fans, as well as fans of great acting in general, is the New York appearance of Koji Yakusho, one of Japan's most acclaimed and accomplished actors, who continues... More »

NYAFF/Japan Cuts 2012 Review: POTECHI (CHIPS)

NYAFF and Japan Cuts favorite Yoshihiro Nakamura (Fish Story, Golden Slumber, A Boy and His Samurai) returns with his latest film Potechi (Chips), in which he once again adapts a novel by Fish Story and Golden Slumber author Kotaro Isaka.... More »

NYAFF 2012 Review: 10+10

One fine selection of the New York Asian Film Festival's focus on Taiwanese cinema, "Warriors and Romantics: The New Cinema From Taiwan," is the anthology 10+10, a collection of short films from some of the top talent in Taiwan, ten... More »

London Indian Film Festival 2012 Review: DEKH INDIAN CIRCUS

In response to Dekh Indian Circus playing at the London Indian Film Festival, we are reprinting Christopher Bourne's review from the NYIFF. EnjoyMangesh Hadawale's utterly charming and gorgeously photographed Dekh Indian Circus, which recently screened at the 12th New York... More »

BAMcinemaFest 2012 Preview

BAMcinemaFest, the BAMcinématek at Brooklyn Academy of Music's annual survey of new American independent cinema, returns for its fourth year from June 20 through July 1, this time with a distinctly New York and Brooklyn-centric slant. The festival's typically eclectic... More »


Far from being a mere document, Marina Abramović The Artist Is Present, Matthew Akers's film about "the grandmother of performance art" Marina Abramović's massively popular (750,000 visitors) 2010 Museum of Modern Art retrospective, is itself a moving work of art,... More »
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