Like last year, I'm highlighting ten pieces of film criticism and commentary that I've been reading throughout 2015. This is writing that I've carried with me through the backroads and byways of my mind as I go about by daily life. There's lots to learn and lots to discover, and I'm eager to read the insights and ideas critics bring to their writing in 2016.
- Victor Bruno, "Obsessively Double Body: Brian De Palma's Symmetry," Desistfilm.
- David Davidson, "Interviews with Cinephile Directors," Toronto Film Review.
[Kazik Radwanski]: I don't know exactly. There's that gut feeling you have with a certain film that this film needs to play in Toronto. That it would be a shame to watch this film alone on a computer. The collective experience of watching a film or the atmosphere of a theatre is crucial. Be it ten people in a room on a digital projector or 300 in a movie theatre. I start to feel uneasy when does happen regularly. It feels unhealthy like something is broken or we are experiencing a drought. Certain films need to live or at least make an appearance here to feel good about the city where I work in and call my home.
- Christopher Glazek, "The Past is Another Los Angeles: Ryan Trecartin's Priority Innfield," N + 1.
- Kier-La Janisse, "Transforming the Invisible Ghost," Spectacular Optical.
- Michael Koresky, "Irrational Man: You've Been Schooled," Reverse Shot.
- Max Nelson, "Art of the Real: Edvard Munch by Peter Watkins," Film Comment
[The Smell of Us] is, in form, the most out-there, elliptical film that Clark has ever made—an approach demanded by the contingencies of the production, as he revealed in the course of an interview last week.
- Richard Porton, "Son of Saul," Cinema Scope
- Vadim Rizov, "Film Writing on the Spam Internet: A Hasty Categorization," Filmmaker
- Scout Tafoya, "In a Lonely Place," [Blackhat], Punk in Film