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Yearly archive 2015
NYFF 2015: Mountains May Depart

NYFF 2015: Mountains May Depart

Jia doesn’t leave the character of China's transformations to the audience's imagination. Tao’s son is given the name Dollar. “I will make you lots of money,” his dad whispers to the child.
NYFF 2015: Blow Out

NYFF 2015: Blow Out

Straddling thresholds of genre, style, and class, Blow Out challenges the seemingly dichotomous relationship between popular low-budget movies and esoteric Hollywood films.
NYFF 2015: The Boys From Fengkuei

NYFF 2015: The Boys From Fengkuei

The lengthiest shots in the film focus primarily on individuals—characters in between actions, just sitting, thinking, staring off into the distance, wholly preoccupied with that primary adolescent pastime of brooding.
NYFF 2015: Baumbach Charts New Territory In a Well-Worn Genre

NYFF 2015: Baumbach Charts New Territory In a Well-Worn Genre

It’s like gawking at Whistler’s Mother in the Mussée D’Orsay while Whistler himself stands over your shoulder and talks to you about it.
Summer Views: Rem Berger

Summer Views: Rem Berger

It is extremely engaging to witness Brian’s descent into madness and his recovery from it side by side. The pacing is excellent—although the film builds towards two separate climaxes, they seemingly progress as one.
NYFF 2015: 4 Takes on Nathaniel Dorsky / Jerome Hiler

NYFF 2015: 4 Takes on Nathaniel Dorsky / Jerome Hiler

Dorsky and Hiler know the value of absence, of dark space—the film artist’s equivalent of the painter’s blank canvas, or the writer’s blank page.
NYFF 2015: Black Girl

NYFF 2015: Black Girl

The bulk of the film makes us beg as she does for something to alleviate what, after just twenty minutes of interior shots of the French apartment, can feel like an endless entrapment.
NYFF 2015: Insiang

NYFF 2015: Insiang

Insiang ruthlessly exposes how the slums of the Philippines thoroughly consumed its inhabitants.
NYFF 2015: The Witness

NYFF 2015: The Witness

Kitty Genovese’s life has disappeared behind her public, dramatic, and eminently watchable death. We, as the audience, are transformed into cruel spectators, craning our necks to see footage of bloody handprints and desperate screaming, reifying her tragedy by refusing her a life before death at all.
NYFF 2015: Spotlight on Documentary

NYFF 2015: Spotlight on Documentary

Our NYFF coverage continues with Alex Robertson's "Christgau capsules" for three documentaries.
NYFF 2015: De Palma, "De Palma," and Baumbach

NYFF 2015: De Palma, “De Palma,” and Baumbach

Much as De Palma is at his most original and his most political when he “does” Hitchcock, Baumbach is at his proudest, his most creative, and his most ambitious when he points the camera at his subject and listens.
NYFF 2015: Ran

NYFF 2015: Ran

Simplicity, indeed, is almost a habit with Kurosawa: never in his films did he tend towards the obscure, though this simplicity is not without intellectual depth.
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