Saturday, December 31, 2011

Love, Blood & The End of the World: The Top 10 Movies of 2011


The picture above is from the Q & A after a rare screening of Sidney Lumet's "Prince of the City" before the 30th anniversary of its release. For me, this was the best movie theater experience of 2011. Alas, they do not make them like this anymore.

I still haven't seen all the movies I have wanted to see, such as "A Separation", "Poetry" and "Rampart". However, as things have worked out for yet another weak year at the movies, these actually are 10 films, as of today, that were a cut above everything else (which amounts to 34 movies total I actually watched this year), which I present to you in a rare non-Press Play post. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

DEEP FOCUS: THE RAPTURE

At Indiewire's Press Play, here is my newest video essay for Michael Tolkin's great and under-seen 1991 film about critical thinking, God and the end of the world: "The Rapture". And I certainly feel this movie gets more relevant with each passing year, as well as something I hold truly close to me. The link to Indiewire is here.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

LIFE’S WORK: THE FILMS OF ROMAN POLANSKI: SPACES



I present to you my video essay exploring the films of Roman Polanski that emphasize confined locations starting from his student films and covering five decades. I would like to call this method editing, where watching all these Polanski films put my mind in a weird mental space, while coincidentally being made while I start the process of apartment hunting myself.


I cannot emphasize enough that, overall, my feelings about Polanski's work are all over the place including the films in the essay. But doing this gave me a better understanding of him and how he seems to feel about his surroundings.


To go to the post at Press Play, you can click here.


Monday, August 15, 2011

DEEP FOCUS: Prince of the City







I am proud to present my video essay for what I consider a great film that hasn't quite gotten its due. Since it is a film which I feel I've been one of the most vocal champions for, I do hope that the essay reaches people who have never seen it before or makes them revisit. The essay also covers Sidney Lumet's other New York police corruption dramas. 


The entire piece can be read here at Indiewire's PressPlay, which also includes an addendum that talks about a rare screening of the film a few weeks ago at the Film Society of Lincoln Center where both Treat Williams and the man that "Prince" is based on, Robert Leuci, in attendance.


Both parts to the video essay are presented above.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

DEEP FOCUS: War Against the Machines: Terminator 2: Judgment Day




So, for all those who haven't found out yet, there is a new, mostly video essay-driven blog founded by Matt Zoller Seitz, who has invited me to contribute. My first video essay marks the 20th anniversary of James Cameron's "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" in a, let's say, less-than-celebratory manner. You can see it here.