Monday, July 25, 2016

Techno Clash: Bingham Bryant and Kyle Molzan

For the Plasma (Bingham Bryant and Kyle Molzan, 2014)

For Fandor, I interviewed the makers of For the Plasma. Among other things, we talk about technology, the relationship between filmmaking and cinephilia, and Keiichi Suzuki

About a year ago, I wrote about Bryant and Molzan's film. You can find my post here

In Direct Address [shorts by Amy Taubin, Paul Arthur, and J. Hoberman]

See! (Amy Taubin, 1975)

For The Village Voice, I used a capsule on a handful of shorts programmed by Film-Makers Coop and Allied Productions to reflect on the role of the film critic. The shorts include:

  • See! (Amy Taubin, 1975)
  • Like (Amy Taubin, 1975)
  • Duck (Amy Taubin, 1975)
  • In the Bag (Amy Taubin, 1981)
  • The Cliffs, the Silk City Detour (Paul Arthur, 1985)
  •  Theory of the Leisure Class (Paul Arthur, 1985)
  • Broken Honeymoon #3 (J. Hoberman, 1978)

Say Goodbye to Good Taste with Robert Downey Sr. [On Chafed Elbows]

Chafed Elbows (Robert Downey Sr., 1966)

For Fandor, I wrote about Downey Sr.'s early work in general and Chafed Elbows in particular. Among other things, I highlight how Downey creates humor with still photography. 

The Lasting Effects of a Broken Home in a Follow-Up to a 1983 Documentary [On Martin Bell and Mary Ellen Mark]

Streetwise (Martin Bell, 1984) as seen in Tiny: The Life of Erin Blackwell (Martin Bell, 2016)

For Hyperallergic, I wrote about Martin Bell's devastating documentary, Streetwise, as well as his follow-up film, 32 years later, Tiny: The Life of Erin Blackwell.  

The Corpse as Canvas: Jörg Buttgereit's Morbid Cinema

Schramm: Into the Mind of a Serial Killer (Jörg Buttgereit, 1993)

For The Chiseler, I wrote about one of the best underground filmmakers, Jörg Buttgereit. He's known in certain circles for Nekromantik (1987) and Nekromantik 2 (1991). For my piece, however, I focus on two of his even lesser-discussed films, Der Todesking: The Death King (1990) and Schramm.  

Brooklyn Magazine Capsules (May - July 2016)

Szindbád (Zoltán Huszárik, 1971)

A quintet of capsules that I wrote for Brooklyn Magazine over the summer so far: