Just Getting Started
Just Getting Started never really gets going. It only kept me thinking, “Is this ever just going to finish?”
* This filmography is not intended to be a comprehensive list of this artist’s work. Instead it reflects the films this person has been involved with that have been reviewed on this site.
A recap of the latest New York Film Festival and review of Woody Allen's newest film after its world premiere there.
Writer/director Michael Almereyda on adapting the sci-fi play "Marjorie Prime" for his latest idiosyncratic project.
An interview with filmmaker and critic Bertrand Tavernier about his new film, "My Journey Through French Cinema."
Claire Denis's "Bright Sunshine In" opened Directors' Fortnight, a parallel festival, which also presented Werner Herzog with an honorary award.
In search of a more inclusive look at the best directors of all time.
A recap of the 2017 True/False Film Festival.
A tribute to the late Emmanuelle Riva.
Meredith Brody recaps the films she saw, of past and present, at the 2016 Telluride Film Festival.
A great collection of new Blu-ray releases, including "Green Room," "Night and Fog," "Everybody Wants Some!!" and "OJ: Made in America."
Rooney Mara regrets "Pan"; U.S. military paper brands hijabs "passive terrorism"; Lena Dunham on Kesha; How Louis CK saved cinema; Harrison Ford's best non-Lucas films.
An interview with Michael Smith on the eve of his Siskel Film Center debut.
A guide to the latest and greatest on Blu-ray and streaming services, including Ex Machina, It Follows, Clouds of Sils Maria, What We do in the Shadows and more!
Agnès Varda will receive an honorary Palme d'Or at Cannes 2015.
A preview of the 2015 EU Film Festival at the Siskel Film Center in Chicago.
A dispatch from the 2014 NYFF, including "Hill of Freedom," "The Princess of France," "Life of Riley" and "Two Shots Fired."
Rocket Raccoon makes a comeback; Why Some Movies Shouldn't Be Explained; Fear of a Minority Superhero; Christian Indies of 2014; Profane response to net neutrality.
Haitian-born director Djinn Carrenard's nearly three-hour second feature is by turns enthralling and exasperating.
A history of movies not directly based on comic books but definitely inspired by them.
Sheila writes: I came across the photography/dioramas of Lori Nix in my wanderings through the Web and wanted to share some of it with you all, in particular her latest project called "The City". Nix writes of the project: "In my newest body of work 'The City' I have imagined a city of our future, where something either natural or as the result of mankind, has emptied the city of it's human inhabitants. Art museums, Broadway theaters, laundromats and bars no longer function. The walls are deteriorating, the ceilings are falling in, the structures barely stand, yet Mother Nature is slowly taking them over. These spaces are filled with flora, fauna and insects, reclaiming what was theirs before man's encroachment." You can check out the full project here, at her website, as well as take a look at some of her other projects.
Alain Resnais, a major figure in World Cinema, has died at 91.
Recent releases on Blu-ray.
A celebration of A Christmas Story; The Wes Anderson Collection's first pan; Abel Ferrara breaks it down for you, pal.
Sheila writes: BAFTA-award winning "Pitch Black Heist" is a 13-minute film directed and written by John Maclean, starring Michael Fassbender and Liam Cunningham (reunited after their 28-minute one-take scene in Steve McQueen's 2008 film "Hunger"). Here, they play two criminals hired to crack a safe. The only catch is that they must do their work in the dark: any light at all will trigger the alarm. Elegantly filmed in black-and-white, it's a taut fun little thriller with a twist ending. In case the video doesn't work here, you can also view it at Cinephilia and Beyond.
The Toronto Film Festival is universally considered the opening of Academy Awards season, and the weary moviegoer, drained after a summer of exhausted superheroes and franchises, plunges in it with joy. I've been attending since 1977, and have watched it grow from a bootstrap operation, with the schedule improvised from day to day, into one of the big four (with Cannes, Venice and Berlin).
Haneke, Riva, Trintignant
• Chaz Ebert at Cannes
Who will win the Palme D'Or? I expect top prizes for Michael Haneke for his film, "Amour," with Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva, but I am terrible at the awards-guessing game. I think "Amour" is one of the very best films in the festival with its harrowing portrait of the mental and physical deterioration of an esteemed piano teacher after a series of strokes, and the husband who must bear witness to this as he takes cares of her.
Haneke's film is so mature and well done that its emotional impact builds quietly, from the core. You marvel at how he layers the scenes of a marriage so naturally that you know the couple has been together for decades in a relationship that is comfortable and emotionally enriching. And so when they make their choices you are right there with them emotionally until the bitter end, and there is no judgment about the choices made.