Category Features

Before Sunrise vs. Before Sunset

I was given the opportunity to participate in Film.com’s “The Great Debate” series courtesy of Calum Marsh. Calum, for my money, is one of the most perceptive and intelligent critics working right now, so I was thrilled to have this opportunity, and you can the whole debate here, where I argue that “Before Sunrise” edges […]

Second Critics Academy piece, more NYFF films

My second piece as a member of the NYFF Critics Academy has now been published over at Criticwire. If that piece does not make it clear enough, Amour is a masterpiece, a film that I have not gotten out of my head since seeing it on Friday morning. I also caught Not Fade Away, which […]

Sight & Sound, Part 4: Modern Directors

UPDATE: For ease, the previous entrants in this series are linked: Part one, focusing on the perceived static nature of the list, is here. Part two, looking at the films that made the list, is here. Part three, focusing on the most revered directors, is here. We all know the Sight & Sound poll favors […]

Sight & Sound, Part Three: Who is the Greatest Director?

Part one of this series, focusing on the perceived static nature of the list, is here. Part two, looking at the films that made the list, is here. NOTE: With the help of a couple readers, totals have been readjusted. Now that the Sight & Sound poll is out in all of its glory and […]

Sight & Sound Analysis, Part Two: The Films

Part one of this series  is available here. After about a week of waiting, the September 2012 Sight & Sound issue, including its list of the 100 greatest films of all time, is now available for all to see. Previously, Sight & Sound published the top 50 on their website and massive debate and analysis […]

Vertigo tops Citizen Kane, Cinema Going Downhill Faster Than Previously Assumed…But Not Really

By now, you have probably already heard that Sight & Sound’s once-in-a-decade poll results have just been announced and Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 Vertigo has edged out Orson Welles’ debut and five-time champion (that’s every poll aside from the first in 1952, which De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves topped) Citizen Kane. Of the 846 critics polled, 191 […]