Dustin Chang
Contributing Writer; New York

Twitch's Best of 2013 - Best Blu-ray Release

The year that was 2013 has almost run its course, so the time has come for Team Twitch to pool its ever-growing troupe of contributors from the four corners of the planet, gather its collective thoughts and pay special tribute... More »
  

Twitch's Best of 2013 - Best Screenplay

The year that was 2013 has almost run its course, so the time has come for Team Twitch to pool its ever-growing troupe of contributors from the four corners of the planet, gather its collective thoughts and pay special tribute... More »
  

Haunted People, Haunted Places: The Films Of The Berlin School At MoMA

Despite having one of the richest and most influential cinematic histories of any nation, current German cinema's star rarely shines beyond its borders. The films that make the rounds and get the spotlight or any awards attention are the ones... More »
  

Review: Sokurov's FAUST, An Extraordinary, Hallucinatory Trip

Alexandr Sokurov's interpretation of Faust is one extraordinary, hallucinatory trip. It starts with Dr. Faust (Johannes Zeiler) dissecting a corpse, looking for/failing to locate the exact location of the soul. Living in extreme poverty, he tries to pawn his ring to... More »
  

Interview: John Sayles Talks GO FOR SISTERS

Go for Sisters, a new film by director/writer John Sayles, the godfather of American independent cinema (Return of the Secaucus Seven, Brother from Another Planet, Lone Star, Limbo), is just as I expect in a John Sayles film; beautifully... More »
  

Review: Slavoj Žižek Remains Hopeful in THE PERVERT'S GUIDE TO IDEOLOGY

Why is it easier for us to visualize the end of the human race, than the end of the free-market capitalism? This is the driving question behind the latest collaboration between Slavoj Žižek, the superstar philosopher/psychoanalyst/cultural critic of our time... More »
  

"I Don't Need To Be Put On A Pedestal": An Interview With BASTARDS Director Claire Denis

Claire Denis goes all-out noir in Bastards, a brooding, nocturnal thriller where innocents get punished and good men die. With a star studded cast, Denis creates a film experience so seductive and mesmerizing, it reminded me of the exhilaration that... More »
  

Review: CAMILLE CLAUDEL 1915, Austere Examination of Woman Under The Influence And Faith

With each new film, a controversial French filmmaker Bruno Dumont continues to fascinate me. His fixation with purity is quite unflinching, and his characters suffer for (or for the lack of) it. Camille Claudel 1915, an even more characteristically stripped-down,... More »
  

New York Film Fest 2013 Review: Spike Jonze's HER Is The New Anthem Of The Millennial Generation

It's hard to believe that Her is only Spike Jonze's fourth feature film since he has been in our pop-culture consciousness for a long time. With his innovative music videos and films, he's always been creating worlds that are both... More »
  

New York Film Fest 2013 Review: Joanna Hogg's EXHIBITION, Exceptional 'Scenes From A Marriage'

British filmmaker Joanna Hogg, along with Mexico's Fernando Eimbcke, has been chosen for FSLC's The Emerging Artists Program, part of this year's New York Film Festival. They are playing all three feature films by her, the latest being Exhibition. Having... More »
  

Interview: Stranger Than Fiction, Jia Zhangke Talks A TOUCH OF SIN

A Touch of Sin is an anomaly for Jia Zhangke. Or at least it feels like it. Known for his unique melding of documentary and fiction, observing China's transformation with a critical eye and nostalgia, here he bases the film... More »
  

New York Film Fest 2013 Review: LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON Affectingly Re-examines Nature vs. Nurture

It seems Kore-eda Hirokazu is incapable of making bad movies. The babies-switched-at-birth premise in films is nothing new. But he just makes it so darn affecting and poignant, avoiding all the clichés that go with this kind of blurry-eyed family... More »
  

Review: Enigma of Harry In HARRY DEAN STANTON: PARTLY FICTION

There are only a few actors I can think of whose faces alone speak volumes without uttering a word. Harry Dean Stanton possesses one of those. He always looks like hell. Having appeared in more than 200 feature films, even... More »
  

Review: ABIGAIL HARM, A Modern-Day Fairy Tale Done Right

I've always liked Amanda Plummer. Her small, gravelly voice, her fawn-like demeanor, and her hidden ferocity have always gotten my attention in the many films in which I've seen her. It's that fragile, otherworldly quality of the seasoned actress that... More »
  

Review: PARADISE: FAITH, Baring Body And Soul

The second installment of the Paradise Trilogy by Austrian provocateur Ulrich Seidl, Paradise: Faith premiered at the Venice Film Fest last year (Love at Cannes 2012 and Hope at the Berlinale 2013). It is by far the strongest and most... More »
  

Opening: Wine Is Thicker Than Blood In YOU WILL BE MY SON

French actor Niels Arestrup's career spans almost 40 years. He has worked with such directors as Alain Resnais, Chantal Akerman and Claude Sautet. But it's Jacques Audiard's films of the last decade -- The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005),... More »
  

Parables Of Folly And Madness: 8 Early Herzog Classics At FSLC

With his latest, somber Public Service Announcement on the dangers of texting-while-driving, One Minute to the Next and the new T. E. Lawrence/Gertrude Bell project, Queen of the Desert on the way, there seems to be no sign of slowing... More »
  

Review: CUTIE AND THE BOXER Iterates Love Is A Battlefield

In Cutie and the Boxer, an intimate documentary by Zachary Heinzerling, we are introduced to the Shinoharas -- Ushio and Noriko, both Japanese transplants/New York based artists, in their habitat, contemplating about the massive unpaid bills. "How much?" Ushio asks.... More »
  

Diamonds In The Rough: CUTIE AND THE BOXER Director And Stars Talk Art, Opening Up, And New York City

It's a sunny Friday afternoon in early August. I am waiting outside of an old three-story building in DUMBO, in what used to be an old, industrial neighborhood of Brooklyn, right across the East River from Manhattan. The neighborhood has... More »
  

Watch Exclusive Clip From CUTIE AND THE BOXER: A Unique Documentary On Love And Art

The Shinoharas, Ushio and Noriko, two elderly artists residing in Brooklyn, are the subjects of Zachary Heinzerling's great little documentary, Cutie and the Boxer. It chronicles the couple's beautiful and sometimes rocky relationship with uncluttered eyes. The result is one... More »
  
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