NYFF 2018, Part Four: ‘Asako I & II’,…

From now through October, Film Misery will be covering the 56th New York Film Festival with regular dispatches on the films screened there. Fireworks spark, eyes meet and two strangers kiss. That's all it takes…

OSCARS 2018: In the Time’s Up Era, Women-Directed…

[caption id="attachment_30259" align="aligncenter" width="624"] Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra and Salma Hayek, representing Time's Up.[/caption] This year's Academy Awards felt like it was consciously striking a steady balance between looking to the future and honoring overdue…

New York Film Festival 2017 – Festival Diary

From now through October, we’ll be covering the films set to show at the 2017 New York Film Festival. Come here for a regularly updated diary of the films we've seen and reviewed. 9/6: Occidental (B-)…

NYFF 2017: Labor and Displacement in ‘Good Luck’…

From now through October, we'll be covering the films set to show at this year's New York Film Festival. Today, we're looking at Valeska Grisebach's Western (Main Slate) and Ben Russell's Good Luck (Projections). Films about working class…

TV MISERY: Solving ‘Game of Thrones” Stifled Director…

[caption id="attachment_29240" align="aligncenter" width="624"] Season 7, Episode 6: Beyond the Wall[/caption] This week's episode of Game of Thrones brought back a member of the old guard of directors, from the earliest seasons of the eventual HBO titan.…

Wars for the Planet of the Gays: Same-Sex…

There are no women in War for the Planet of the Apes. Or, at least, none of remote consequence. There's Nova, the young mute child who's taken in by the apes, though her youth largely excludes her…

BAMCINEMAFEST REVIEW: ‘Bitch’ (2017)

Grade: C+ A pretty obvious dark comic conceit rests at the core of Marianna Palka's Bitch: Suburban domesticity turns women into subservient animals, with zero respect for their dignity or happiness. It's clear from the…

BAMCINEMAFEST REVIEW: ‘Where is Kyra’ (2017)

Grade: B- When committing to an authentic depiction a life lived in desperation and hopelessness, how thoroughly can you strip away any semblance of light or hope without punishing the viewer? It's not clear if…