For Dazed, I profiled artist Pixy Liao about her funny, gender-subverting photos, as well as her first installation piece in her “Evil Women Cult” series.
For Hyperallergic, I reviewed Black Mother, a rich non-fiction work in which Khalik Allah grows in leaps and bounds as an artist.
For Kinoscope, I reviewed Hong’s latest work, “Hotel by the Work,” which sees him try out a few new things with mixed results.
For Hyperallergic, I reviewed Minute Bodies: The Minute World of F. Percy Smith (2016), the first film helmed by Tindersticks frontman Stuart A. Staples.
For Hyperallergic, I reviewed Sergei Loznitsa’s latest movies, Donbass (2018) and The Trial (2018).
Twenty gems from the annals of cinema that I encountered for the first time this year.
- Mickey and Nicky (Elaine May, 1976)
- Once Upon a Time in America (Sergio Leone, 198 ) [251-minute version]
- His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks, 1940)
- Le Trou (Jacques Becker, 1960)
- Shaolin Soccer (Stephen Chow, 2001)
- The Wandering Soap Opera (Raoul Ruiz, 2017)
- Woman in the Dunes (Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1964)
- Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (Sam Peckinpah, 1974)
- Frownland (Ronald Bronstein, 2007)
- The Day He Arrives (Hong Sang-soo, 2011)
- My Winnipeg (Guy Maddin, 2007)
- La chienne (Jean Renoir, 1931)
- Down with Love (Peyton Reed, 2003)
- Clifford (Paul Flaherty, 1994)
- Vagabond (Agnès Varda, 1985)
- The Earrings of Madame de… (Max Ophuls, 1953)
- Klimt (Raoul Ruiz, 2006)
- The Belly of an Architect (Peter Greenaway, 1987)
- Girlfriends (Claudia Weill, 1978)
- Three Sisters (Wang Bing, 2012)
2018 brought a bounty of good, sometimes great movies. Limited to U.S. theatrical releases, I cherish these twenty. They sparked my imagination, lit my fire, and kept my passion for the medium burning.
- 24 Frames (Abbas Kiarostami)
- The Other Side of the Wind (Orson Welles)
- You Were Never Really Here (Lynne Ramsay)
- Monrovia, Indiana (Frederick Wiseman)
- The Grief of Others (Patrick Wang)
- The Day After (Hong Sang-soo)
- Zama (Lucrecia Martel)
- Western (Valeska Grisebach)
- Hale County This Morning, This Evening (RaMell Ross)
- Milla (Valérie Massadian)
- The Green Fog (Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, and Galen Johnson)
- Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Bruno Dumont)
- Claire’s Camera (Hong Sang-soo)
- Bitter Money (Wang Bing)
- Let the Sunshine In (Claire Denis)
- Burning (Lee Chang-dong)
- First Reformed (Paul Schrader)
- Support the Girls (Andrew Bujalski)
- Thunder Road (Jim Cummings)
- Unfriended: Dark Web (Stephen Susco)
I wrote the introduction to Kinoscope‘s big wrap-up post for the year, in which contributors single out films, old and new, that were meaningful to them –– film’s that may not have gotten the attention they deserved.