Monthly Archives: September 2013

NYFF coverage at The Film Stage

Followers, It’s that time of the year again, when I’m watching more movies at such a pace, usually right before class, that I don’t even know what to do. I’ll be covering the New York Film Festival for The Film Stage, and my first review to post is of James Franco’s Child of God, which […]

The Missing Picture (Rithy Panh, 2013)

Rithy Panh has been making films about the Khmer Rouge and the aftermath of their rule for over two decades now, but until his most recent film, The Missing Picture, won the top prize of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard section, I had never heard of him or any of his previous […]

The Grandmaster (Wong Kar-Wai, 2013)

Compared to his first wuxia film, 1994’s overlooked Ashes of Time, Wong Kar-Wai’s The Grandmaster is straightforward and simple; indeed, this might be the director’s most accessible offering not named Chungking Express, thanks to a dose of character-identifiers and expository title cards. Where Ashes of Time was painted with bold impressionist strokes, unfolding more like […]

I’m Not There (Todd Haynes, 2007)

Not once is the name Bob Dylan, or even Robert Zimmerman, the birth name of the folk legend, spoken in I’m Not There. Instead, we get Woody Guthrie (not THAT Woody Guthrie, this one is an African-American child, portrayed by Marcus Carl Franklin), Jack Rollins (Christian Bale), Jude Quinn (Cate Blanchett), Billy The Kid (yes, […]

The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah, 1969)

So completely have The Wild Bunch’s innovations been absorbed that today it’s hard to believe that the film was radical upon release. The Wild Bunch obviously was not the first western to challenge the tropes of the good guys vs. bad guys, frontier story, marshals vs. outlaws, whites vs. Native Americans, etc. that were synonymous […]