When a film is called didactic, it is most often intended either as an insult or as a way of bolstering a works particular theoretical ambitions. Thom Andersens resolutely nonfictional films are didactic in a richer, more specific sense.
Once a promising actress with a recurring role on the hit TV show The Wire, Brandy Burre is now stuck in the routine of life as a suburban housewife and mom, in upstate New York. In his captivating new documentary Actress, Robert Greene offers her a chance to perform.
Benjamin Schultz-Figueroa speaks with filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson about Everson's new work.
If Broken Flowers (2005) was in a certain sense a distillation of the blue period that Bill Murray had entered upon teaming up with Wes Anderson in 1998, then Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) is a crystallization of how Jim Jarmusch has been subtly caricaturing his own boho persona over the last few years.
Following its week long retrospective on screen at Anthology Film Archives in 2012, the Wooster Group, the long-standing experimental theater and media ensemble, returns with Rumstick Road, a video reconstruction of an important early work of the same name, the second installation of the Three Places in Rhode Island trilogy performed by the company in 1977.
Works of art made under the auspices of grave illness or impending demise require a delicate approach from the critic: both an observational clarity and a genuine empathy. Derek Jarmans final feature-length film Blue (1993) is a freestanding aesthetic construct, but it is nonetheless determined by its existence as a final, courageous act.