Category: Criticism

TIFF 2014, part 2: Loznitsa, Alonso

Maidan (Sergei Loznitsa). If the interaction of aesthetics and politics is a key theme that runs through the history of

TIFF 2014, part 1: Dardennes, Hausner

Some thoughts on a couple of films I caught in Toronto … Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne,

On Video Essays, Cinephilia and Affect

Even though I don’t teach in the cinema studies discipline, I have made a habit, in the last few years,

Teen Films

I can trace my enduring fascination with teen films back to a specific moment in my personal history: when I

On Thickness and Thinness in Cinema

It is a long acknowledged axiom, vividly demonstrated as early as the films of the Lumières in the late nineteenth

Tous les garçons et les filles

I find it curious that one of the most ambitious European film projects of the 1990s has slipped away from

On “Room 237”, Criticism and Theory

Jonathan Rosenbaum and I caught a screening of the documentary Room 237 in Toronto, but we had to dash off

Criticism and Context; Jia Zhangke

One of the most intriguing aspects of the Movie Mutations project is that it brought together a number of film

“A Ghost at Noon” by Adrian Martin

Raúl Ruiz died this week. Adrian Martin has written a personal, moving and illuminating tribute to him — a 2,500-word


Adrian Martin and I are excited to announce the launch of our new Internet film journal LOLA. We’ve worked steadily