TIFF 2016: “Paterson” and “The Human Surge”

Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson — about a bus driver/poet (Adam Driver) named Paterson who lives in Paterson, New Jersey — is

TIFF 2016: “Toni Erdmann” and “Aquarius”

Cinephile culture tends to be suspicious of bigness. For example: big budgets; or an endlessly extending series franchise; or an

TIFF 2016: A Round-Up

Here’s a run-down of the notable films I caught in Toronto. I’ll be writing about some of these in the

U.S. Micro-Budget Indie Cinema

(This one’s for Matthew.) Last summer, Dan Sallitt posted this startling tweet: “Wondering if it’s just a blip or whether

TIFF 2015: Jerzy Skolimowski; Tsai Ming-liang

I’ve long heard good things about Jerzy Skolimowski; particularly esteemed are the four features he made in the 1960s, including

TIFF 2015: Films and their Paratext

Two films at TIFF, both by filmmakers who exhibit their work in museums and galleries, raised for me some interesting

Gina Telaroli and Kurt Walker

One of the “possible futures” of cinema (to use Gina Telaroli’s phrase) can be glimpsed on this Tumblr page, on

TIFF 2015: The Round-Up

I’m back from TIFF (the Toronto International Film Festival), where I caught about 35 films. Average film quality was high

British Film Criticism

For many reasons, the French and the Americans hold a special, oversized, mythic place in the story of film criticism.

Letter to Comrade Girish (on “The New Cinephilia”)

Below is a letter from Adrian Martin, my co-editor on LOLA. My heartfelt thanks, dear Comrade Adrian, for these characteristically