Peter Gutierrez
New Jersey

Writer of fiction and nonfiction, with too little of the former and too much of the latter published over the past couple of decades. For more info, please just Google me, adding words such as comics, film, literacy, media, and horror. And thanks for reading my work...

NYFF 2010: CARLOS (the five-hour version) Review

With a scope and a historical complexity that makes it feel like a David Lean picture about the salad days of international terrorism, Carlos impresses on any number of levels. But while we're making such a comparison, it's probably also... More »
  

NYFF 2010: THE ROBBER Review

Is there anything in moviedom more consistently frustrating than the "arthouse thriller"?  I'm not talking about films created as commercial thrillers and subsequently embraced by cineastes. I'm referring to dramas, and sometimes romances, that are so "nuanced" that they risk... More »
  

NYFF 2010: THE SOCIAL NETWORK Review

All right, so I'm a hypocrite: whenever I see the phrase "hugely entertaining" in a movie review I cringe, and yet those are exactly the words that occurred to me about halfway through David Fincher's new film... which, in case... More »
  

ENTER THE VOID Review

All right, now for a few opening/closing remarks regarding Enter the Void.  "Opening" because the moment is now at hand when Gaspar Noë's newest gets its well-deserved theatrical release--and make no mistake, this is a film you'll want to be... More »
  

9TH COMPANY Review

Sweeping, big-budget war films are a tricky proposition in this day and age--if they aim for action/adventure audiences, they risk being perceived as glorifying combat. If they instead position themselves as serious-minded social/political dramas punctuated with the occasional bloody interlude,... More »
  

GRAPHIC SEXUAL HORROR Review

Quite a title isn't it? After all, why settle for graphic sex or graphic horror when you can have (enjoy?) both in one handy package?   The phrase "Graphic Sexual Horror" actually derives from the all-caps warning that would greet... More »
  

Japan Cuts 2010: KING OF THORN Review

[King of Thorn screens July 11th as part of New York's Japan Cuts festival.]You already know this:  it's not unusual for feature-length anime to represent a wild amalgam of different genres sutured together--military hardware and sorcery will team up to... More »
  

NYAFF 2010: DOMAN SEMAN Review

[Doman Seman screens July 5th and 7th at the Lincoln Center with director Go Shibata in attendance.]For fans of out-there cinema, especially of the anything-goes Asian variety, Gô Shibata's new film presents something of a conundrum:  it's wild, wacky, subversive-minded,... More »
  
 
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