Dustin Chang
Contributing Writer; New York

New York 2014 Review: EDEN, An Ambitious Yet Personal Look at 90s Electronic Dance Music Scene

The other day, I saw a college kid wearing a T- shirt that said, "In school now just to be a wage slave later." I seriously considered giving the kid a hug. And I could've easily regarded it as some... More »
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Cold and Hot: An Interview with Mathieu Amalric - Star, Director, Co-writer of THE BLUE ROOM

Mathieu Amalric, a superstar of French cinema, is in town for the New York Film Festival, promoting his new film The Blue Room, which he co-wrote, directed and stars in. It's also co-written by his wife, playwright Stephanie Cléau, who... More »
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New York 2014 Review: TIMBUKTU Is A Strong Condemnation Of Religious Extremism

Timbuktu, that faraway place, the end of the world, is an actual city in Northern Mali in Africa.  It was once a bustling trade town in sub-Saharan Africa and now famous for its fabulous architecture, libraries and scholars. Abderramane Sissako... More »
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New York 2014 Review: THE BLUE ROOM Shows Off Mathieu Amalric's Directing Chops

Mathieu Amalric's The Blue Room is a hard film to like-- its tone is cold and distant. But it is precisely designed that way to accompany in showing the mind of its passive protagonist. Based on the book of the... More »
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New York 2014 Review: 3D As Visual Art Form In Godard's GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE

3D seems like it is here to stay, for now. It was a gimmick to win back the audiences the film industry lost to the emergence of TV in the 50s, now it is revived as a last ditch effort... More »
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NYC Happenings: Nick Cave To Perform In NY To Celebrate The Theatrical Release Of Drafthouse Films' 20,000 DAYS ON EARTH

Nick Cave fans in the city rejoice once more! I know who you are. I'm pretty sure I saw lots of yous this summer at the Prospect Park Bandshell where he performed as part of this year's Celebrate Brooklyn! That... More »
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Twitch Film Celebrates 10 Years

A decade is an absolute eternity online, a marker that I certainly never thought I'd reach when registering the first domain for Twitch ten years ago now, and yet here we are. Honestly, I never thought much of anything about... More »
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Review: THE NOTEBOOK, A Chilling Tale Of Creepy Twins In WWII Hungary

The idea of viewing wartime through the eyes of children has had its share of cinematic treatments over the years. Based on a prize winning novel of the same name, Hungarian director János Szász adds The Notebook/Le Grand Cahier to that... More »
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Memories Of The Future: Chris Marker Retro With Newly Restored LEVEL FIVE At BAM

With the theatrical release of the digitally restored 1997 film Level 5, Brooklyn's own BAM Cinematek is hosting a rare retrospective of Chris Marker, one of the most singular voices in cinema history.Marker passed on in 2012. But as a... More »
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Calling All Music Lovers! Sound + Vision 2014 Brings Various Sonic Delights to NYC

Sound + Vision Film Festival, a showcase of music documentaries from world over, celebrates its second outing at FSLC, here in NYC. This year's festival consists of eclectic mix of new films, retrospectives and musical performances and more. The lineup... More »
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Preview: Japan Cuts 2014 Gets Cute, Crude And Contemplative

Opening tonight with the US premiere of Miike Takashi's The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji, Japan Cuts, the New York festival of contemporary Japanese cinema, is a grand smorgasbord for cinephiles of all tastes. Well, at least for those residing... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Review: With ME AND YOU Bertolucci Makes A Sweet Return

The reason there hasn't been a new Bernardo Bertolucci film for more than ten years is because the now 72-year-old master filmmaker of The Conformist, Last Tango in Paris and The Last Emperor, has been having health problems. His bad... More »
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Outside Looking In: An Interview With EXHIBITION Director Joanna Hogg

With her new film Exhibition beginning a two-week exclusive engagement at the Film Society of Lincoln Center today, along with her two previous films Unrelated and Archipelago getting theatrical runs concurrently, British filmmaker Joanna Hogg is in town and I was... More »
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Review: Joanna Hogg's EXHIBITION Is An Exceptional 'Scenes From A Marriage'

A three-story modern house is just as much a character in Joanna Hogg's Exhibition as a married artist couple (played by non actors Viv Albertine, of the punk rock band Slits, and artist Liam Gillick) who inhibit it. Equipped with floor... More »
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Review: Emmanuelle Devos Shines in Biopic VIOLETTE

Ever since her breakout role as a deaf office worker, Carla, in Jacques Audiard's audacious caper flick Read My Lips, Emmanuelle Devos has risen to become one of the top French actresses of our time, working with auteur filmmakers such... More »
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Preview: Open Roads: New Italian Cinema At FSLC

When we think of Italian cinema, we think of undisputed old masters - Fellini, Visconti, Rossellini, Antonioni, De Sica, Bertolucci and so on. But for the longest time, Italian cinema had fallen out of favor. Sure, there have been flourish... More »
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Opening: ELENA, An Impressionistic Tribute To Memories

It's a difficult job to create a film with a subject that is so close to its maker without coming across as a little too precious. Indeed, there are many moments in Elena that could be regarded as self-indulgent. But... More »
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Opening: WE ARE THE BEST! Showcases Adorable Pre-teen Angst Set In The 80s

Two 13-year old tomboys, Bobo and Klara listen to punk, hate their sports loving classmates and think their parents are super lame. After seeing some rude old geezers practicing yucky rock songs at a local youth center (thank goodness for... More »
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Review: TANTA AGUA, A Fine Tuned Familial Comedy from Uruguay

Alberto (Néstor Guzzini), a schlubby divocé takes his two unenthused children, Lucia (Málu Chouza) and Federico (Joaquín Castiglioni) on a road trip from Montevideo to a famed hot spring. The problem is, when they get there, the pool is closed... More »
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NYC Happenings: Watch QUEEN MARGOT in 4K Restoration Director's Cut

Famed French stage and film director Patrice Chéreau (Intimacy, Gabrielle, Those Who Loved Me Can Take the Train) passed away last October. Now Queen Margot, Chéreau's most commercially successful film, gets a 4K restoration treatment on its 20th anniversary and... More »
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