Dustin Chang
Contributing Writer; New York

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 »

Weird and Wonderful: The Cinema Of HOLY MOTORS Director Leos Carax

The Toronto International Film Festival is about to launch a retrospective celebrating the work of Holy Motors director Leos Carax, arguably the most important, or at least interesting, working French director. The director's triumphant return to the cinema with Holy... More »

Japan Cuts 2013 Review: JAPAN'S TRAGEDY, A Beautiful, Austere Tribute to Its People

How do you proceed making a film about Japan's recent tragedies- first, the crippling  decades long recession that forced 31,650 Japanese into taking their own lives in 2010, then the horrific tsunami and Fukushima nuclear meltdown a year later, that... More »

Art Doesn't Matter...Until It Does: Joshua Oppenheimer on THE ACT OF KILLING

When I first watched The Act of Killing in March, I predicted that it would be a hard film to beat as the best film of the year. I still stand by that statement. It's an astonishing film that needs... More »

Japan Cuts 2013 Review: A STORY OF YONOSUKE Reflects on Human Kindness and Unending Optimism In ... Us

From reading a brief synopsis online of A Story of Yonosuke, and with its 2 1/2 hour plus runtime, and the fact it is a period piece (taking place in 1987), I was fully expecting a Being There or Forest... More »

NYAFF 2013 Review: BEIJING BLUES, A Fascinating Docudrama About A City Of Contradictions

Working with mostly non-actors and unobtrusive handheld cinematography by Wu Di, director Gao Gushu creates an intimate portrayal of Beijing that one rarely sees in films. Beijing Blues is a police procedural shot in the documentary fashion, taking place in Haidian... More »

NYAFF 2013 Review: AN INACCURATE MEMOIR, Revisionist History Sold As Light Entertainment

Taking cues from The Good, The Bad and the Weird and Let The Bullets Fly, Leon Yang's An Inaccurate Memoir is a large scale, genre mash-up period piece taking place in dusty Northern China in 1930s. It starts out with the... More »

Review: SHADOW DANCER, A Well-Acted, Classy Political Thriller

Shifting loyalties regarding family, cause and country are the basis for Shadow Dancer, a sensitive and affecting new political thriller from director James Marsh (Man on Wire, Red Riding: 1980). It boasts a great ensemble cast that includes Clive Owen,... More »

Review: Eco-Doc ELEMENTAL Brings Global Catastrophe Down To A Personal Level

Fresh from garnering two Social Impact Media Awards (Special Jury Prize, Best Editing), Gayatri Roshan and Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee's Elemental opens May 17 in New York City with subsequent rollout to San Francisco, San Rafael, Washington D.C., Austin, Portland, Bellingham, and... More »

A Heroic Misfit: Filmmaker Trent Harris Talks Hollywood, Sean Penn, Mitt Romney, and Much More

When I heard that Trent Harris, one of America's premier cult directors, of such films as Rubin and Ed, Plan 10 from Outer Space and The Beaver Trilogy would be in New York for his traveling mini-retro, I couldn't help... More »

Review: SOMETHING IN THE AIR Inspires Youthful Passion And Energy

At the outset, Olivier Assayas's Something in the Air is a biographical nostalgia piece about growing up in the aftermath of the May '68 events in France. But what it really is, is a social experiment in which 18-19 year... More »

'We Search For Our Own Paradise But We All Fail': Ulrich Seidl Interview

The Film Society of Lincoln Center hosts Ulrich Seidl, controverisial Austrian director of Dog Days, Import/Export and now the Paradise Trilogy, in a special Film Comment Selects series. It's a rare occasion to watch Love, Faith and Hope, back to... More »

Review: Baring Body And Soul In Ulrich Seidl's PARADISE: FAITH

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). And it will be screening as a part of... More »

Review: IN THE HOUSE is François Ozon's Best in Years

In François Ozon's new film In the House, it is clear from the title sequence on a school notebook and as Fabrice Luchini's jaded high school literature teacher cynically commenting on the new rule on school uniforms in the first... More »

Review: WHICH WAY IS THE FRONT LINE FROM HERE? Tells the Story of a Brave Combat Journalist

Tell me if I'm wrong, but I think it is the fantasy of many young men to travel to the hot spots of armed conflict and be a war photographer. It's that combination of danger, wanderlust, detachment from material world and... More »

Interview: Sebastian Junger On The Life Of A Combat Reporter

Which Way Is The Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington is a documentary about a well-regarded combat reporter who died in a rocket attack by the Gaddafi troops in Misrata, Libya, in 2011. It is directed... More »

Preview: This Year's ND/NF Offers Somber Works Of Realism, An Unforgettable Doc & Auteur Driven Sci-fi

A staple of the New York Film scene, New Directors/New Films rolls out this year's selections from March 20th - 31st at The Film Society of Lincoln Center and MoMA. Dustin Chang, our senior contributor from the Five Burroughs, offers... More »

Review: BEYOND THE HILLS Goes Way Beyond Being Just Another Movie About Exorcism

Christian Mungiu, the leading figure of Romanian New Wave, strikes again with Beyond the Hills. Just like his Palme d'Or winner 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, which elevated a rather unpleasant subject matter (illegal abortion) into a dizzying,... More »

Review: LEVIATHAN Enthralls, Blows Minds

It's dark. First, you hear the eerie clanking of metal and waves: sound of something heavy, something industrial getting pulled out of the bubbling sea. It's all abstract: saturated colors -- iridescent blue, yellow, red and green all mixed in.... More »

Series Preview: Rendez-Vous with French Cinema

The 18th Edition of this New York tradition, Rendez-Vous with French Cinema unveils perhaps their most diverse line-up in years. This range includes grand and engaging entertainments such as Régis Roinsard's Populaire (Opening Night film with its stars Romain Duris... More »
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