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INFINITY POOL (2023), directed by Brandon Cronenberg
Features

Sundance 2023: Critic’s Notebook

INFINITY POOL (2023), directed by Brandon Cronenberg
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Sundance 2023: Critic’s Notebook

The 2023 Sundance Film Festival officially continues through Sunday, but for most intents and purposes it’s a wrap. Our critic writes about Infinity Pool, Rotting in the Sun, Eileen, The Starling Girl, My Animal, Talk to Me, Fremont, and Kim’s Video.

Yelling Fire in an Empty Theater (2022) interview with Isadora Leiva and Justin Zuckerman
Interviews

INTERVIEW: Justin Zuckerman & Isadora Leiva on “Yelling Fire in an Empty Theater”

As its title implies, Yelling Fire in an Empty Theater captures the drama, chaos and compass-spinning search for purpose that consumes the life of its …

Michelle Williams stars in Meek's Cutoff, from filmmaker and Oscilloscope mainstay Kelly Reichardt
Interviews

INTERVIEW: Oscilloscope Laboratories at 15

Founded in 2008 by Beastie Boy (and inveterate prankster) Adam “MCA” Yauch, Oscilloscope Labs has extended the legacy of the boisterous New York hip-hop crew …

Mayu Matsuoka stars in TREMBLE ALL YOU WANT (2017)
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Curator’s Pick: “Tremble All You Want”

Streaming free on Fandor this month, Akiko Ohku’s 2017 feature TREMBLE ALL YOU WANT revels in oddball digressions and dream-like funk in a way that occurs so much less in mainstream American rom-coms, which rarely divert from the time-shackled rigors of extremely familiar plot mechanics.

Eddie Murphy in TRADING PLACES (1983), a Christmas Movie!
Features

Five Festive Flicks

What’s Christmas without Christmas movies? Much better, you say? Those weary of ritual viewings of It’s a Wonderful Life, White Christmas, Elf or even Bad …

Shane Brady, writer/director/star of BREATHING HAPPY (2022, now streaming exclusively on Fandor)
Interviews

INTERVIEW: Shane Brady on “Breathing Happy”

BREATHING HAPPY writer-director-star spoke with Keyframe about the unusual way he financed his trippy Christmastime addiction drama, how he draws on intense physical trauma from his youth in creating Dylan’s story, and happy accidents.

Homebody director Joseph Sackett (right), and a scene starring Tre Ryder and Colby Minifie (left)
Interviews

INTERVIEW: Joseph Sackett on “Homebody”

Now streaming exclusively on Fandor, the genderqueer body-swap comedy HOMEBODY is the debut feature from writer-director Joseph Sackett, who took inspiration from his own childhood fantasies, applying a personal touch that is at once tenderly observant of its young protagonist’s imaginative landscape and alert to all the manic possibilities suggested by the premise.

Our Day Will Come (2010, directed by Romain Gavras)
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Curator’s Pick: “Our Day Will Come”

Critics did not exactly shower writer-director Romain Gavras with love when Our Day Will Come (2010, originally Notre Jour Viendra) was released. “This is a …

Kaili Blues (2015, directed by Bi Gan)
Features

“Kaili Blues” and the Art of the “One-er”

Who doesn’t love a stunning one-take wonder? The unedited (or perhaps cleverly seeming so) single moving shot that can instill dynamism, elegance, and intrigue into …

Sell/Buy/Date, directed by and starring Sarah Jones
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Fandor Exclusive: “Sell/Buy/Date”

What’s that adage about when life gives you lemons? Sarah Jones offers a fresh-squeezed case study.  The playwright, actress and poet launched her career out …

"Big Jack" from THE 'VOUS (DOC NYC 2022)
Features

DOC NYC 2022: Surrealist Pop, Folk Tragedy & BBQ

When talk turns to films, festivals and Noo Yawk, the obvious tentpoles are the New York Film Festival in the fall and Tribeca in late …

Kier-La Janisse's "House of Psychotic Women," new edition now available
Features

Re-Entering the “House of Psychotic Women”

There’s an unofficial shortlist of essential film-critic compendiums represented on my bookshelves. Whether collections of essays, histories, or even intensively annotated catalogs, they read like …

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