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Embrace of the Serpent

Peter Matthiessen’s 1978 novel The Snow Leopard recounts his journey through the Himalayas with a team of Sherpas as guides. Among them was Tukten, for whom Matthiessen felt a particular reverence, often referring to him as a “shaman” for an unnamable, soulful quality, despite a tendency toward unreliability and pesky behavior. Tukten teaches one of […]

By |February 17th, 2016|South American, Top Picks|0 Comments

Film Comment Selects 2016

Once again, the Film Society of Lincoln Center leans on the staff of its monthly magazine, Film Comment, to present this annual series, an eclectically curated group of overlooked and perhaps underappreciated films. This year proves no exception to the typical high quality of noteworthy films from around the world, many of which are making […]

By |February 15th, 2016|Book adaptation, Festivals, War|0 Comments


Directed by Mia Hansen-Love
Produced by Charles Gillibert
Written by Hansen-Love and Sven Hansen-Love
Music by Daft Punk, Joe Smooth, Frankie Knuckles, Terry Hunter, and MK
Released by Broad Green Pictures
English and French with English subtitles
France. 131 min. Not rated
With Félix de Givry, Pauline Etienne, Vincent Macaigne, Hugo Conzelmann, Arsinée Khanjian, and Greta Gerwig
The latest offering from French director […]

By |June 19th, 2015|French, Musical, Top Picks|0 Comments

Sundance Film Festival 2015

The 2015 edition of the Sundance Film Festival wasn’t exactly a record-setting year for acquisitions in Park City, as some outlets reported about the Grand Jury and Audience Award?winning dramedy Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and its would-be $12 million offers from distributors. Regardless, business was up from years past. And the quality […]

By |February 3rd, 2015|Indie, Sundance Film Festival, Thriller|0 Comments


Written and Directed by Steven Knight
Produced by Paul Webster and Guy Heeley
Released by A24
USA. 85 min. Rated R
With Tom Hardy, Ruth Wilson, Olivia Colman, Andrew Scott, Ben Daniels, and Tom Holland
How many different angles can you film one man on an 85-minute car ride in the middle of the night?  As shown by longtime […]

By |May 14th, 2014|Psychological thriller, Top Picks, U. K.|0 Comments

Under the Skin

Directed by Jonathan Glazer
Produced by James Wilson and Nick Wechsler
Written by Walter Campbell and Glazer, based on the novel by Michel Faber
Released by A24
UK. 107 min. Rated R
With Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy McWilliams, Lynsey Taylor Mackay, Dougie McConnell, and Kevin McAlinden
If you’re looking for a movie in which Scarlett Johansson gradually and delicately learns what […]

By |April 13th, 2014|Book adaptation, Experimental, Top Picks, U. K.|0 Comments

Nymphomaniac: Volume II

Written & Directed by Lars von Trier
Produced by Louise Vesth
Released by Magnolia Pictures
Denmark/Belgium/France/Germany/UK. 123 min. Not rated
With Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth, Jean-Marc Barr and Udo Kier
We all knew Nymphomaniac: Volume II was going to spiral downward. Is there anyone out there who thinks Lars von […]

By |April 2nd, 2014|Foreign, sex, Top Picks|0 Comments

Nymphomaniac: Volume 1

Written and Directed by Lars von Trier
Produced by Louise Vesth
Released by Magnolia Pictures.
Denmark/Germany/France/Belgium/UK. 117 min. Not rated
With Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Connie Nielsen & Udo Kier

Lars von Trier is a strange case. He’s built himself a lasting reputation as a contrarian badass with a […]

By |March 20th, 2014|Foreign, Satire, sex|0 Comments

Sundance Film Festival 2014

Sundance 2014, for me, was about the levels of experience of its many directors. For a festival that showcases the work of emerging filmmakers, there were notably a remarkable number of films by well-established filmmakers. And the quality showed. Watching an Ira Sachs film or a Zellner Brothers film (this year being their eighth trip […]

By |February 13th, 2014|Festivals, Indie, Sundance Film Festival|0 Comments