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…

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…

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…

BAMCINEMAFEST REVIEW: ‘Columbus’ (2017)

Grade: B+ Not too long into Columbus, the feature debut of video essayist Kogonada, I started the necessary process of questioning the aesthetic conceit of what I was seeing. The film is set in Columbus, Indiana,…

BAMCINEMAFEST REVIEW: ‘Princess Cyd’ (2017)

Grade: A- Chicago filmmaker Stephen Cone has made a career studying characters who feel unwilling to know themselves, and often unwilling to truly know each other. There are frank, obvious truths abounding all around Henry Gamble's…

BAMCINEMAFEST REVIEW: ‘The Strange Ones’ (2017)

Grade: C+ Men go into the wilderness to either face or submit to their inner demons. It's the kind of masculine interiority plotline that often results in more existential macho posturing than mesmerizing character study.…

BAMCINEMAFEST REVIEW: ‘Signature Move’ (2017)

Grade: B- Most audiences will view Signature Move as their introduction to Chicago filmmaker Jennifer Reeder, though BAMcinemaFest veterans already know her as a distinct and prolific voice in American short form cinema. Her melodramatic sensibilities have…

BAMCINEMAFEST REVIEW: ‘Gemini’ (2017)

Grade: B+ Everyone sees something different when they look at Los Angeles. This is something the cinema has capitalized on repeatedly, taking advantage of the deep neon-fueled hues and day-glo brightness to varying effect, even…

NYFF REVIEW: ’20th Century Women’

Grade: A There are three guiding voices of 20th Century Women, a film that's itself the diary of a teenage boy being guided by three 20th-century women. One voice is Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann), the boy,…