Cinema

Theo Anthony’s ‘All Light, Everywhere’ Contemplates the Role of the Camera in Policing

June 1st, 2021

by Greg Carlson

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03 June 2021

Theo Anthony’s thought-provoking Sundance Special Jury Award prizewinner “All Light, Everywhere” ponders a great many questions joining past and present, perception and reality, and beholder and beheld. Among its fascinating explorations is the link between the development of photographic processes and their application in the arenas of warfare and policing. Anthony contemplates the ways in which the design of the camera and the gun…

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​Collecting Movies with Melissa Maerz

May 24th, 2021

By Greg Carlson

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27 May 2021

The supremely talented Melissa Maerz’s official author biography notes that she “has worked as an editor at ‘Spin’ and ‘Rolling Stone,’ a staff writer for ‘Entertainment Weekly’ and ‘The Los Angeles Times,’ and a supervising producer on HBO’s ‘Vice News Tonight.’ She was a founding editor at ‘New York’ magazine’s ‘Vulture’ website.”

Her fantastic book “Alright, Alright, Alright: The Oral History of…

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Rose Glass Makes Memorable Feature Debut with ‘Saint Maud’

May 17th, 2021

by Greg Carlson

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16 May 2021

Another movie long-delayed by the pandemic, “Saint Maud” can finally be viewed on Amazon Prime and several other online outlets (the world premiere took place a lifetime ago at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival).

Writer-director Rose Glass makes a convincing feature debut with an unsettling study of a personal carer who obsessively ministers -- in every sense of the word -- to a professional dancer ravaged by cancer. The…

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​Rob Garver Examines the Life of Pauline Kael in “What She Said”

May 10th, 2021

By Greg Carlson

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07 May 2021

Hard to say whether non-cinephiles will be interested enough to watch a feature-length documentary about a movie critic, but Rob Garver’s “What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael” is a worthwhile biography of a fascinating life led with purpose and conviction. Of course, the film-obsessed won’t need to be told twice -- Kael’s passionate, singular voice inspired moviemakers and movie viewers for decades. If Roger Ebert is the…

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Agrelo Celebrates the Beginning of America Icon in ‘Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street’

May 3rd, 2021

By Greg Carlson

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29 April 2021

As tantalizing subject matter goes, the topic of Marilyn Agrelo’s “Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street” is as much a slam dunk as Morgan Neville’s “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Even though the 107-minute documentary sticks mainly to the contents of Michael Davis’s excellent 2008 book, which was published in anticipation of the show’s 40th anniversary in 2009, fans will not fault Agrelo’s tough editorial choices.…

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Fantasy and Reality in Ben Hozie’s ‘PVT Chat’

April 25th, 2021

Fantasy and Reality in Ben Hozie's 'PVT Chat'

By Greg Carlson

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23 April 2021

Talented hyphenate Ben Hozie breaks through with “PVT Chat,” an audacious and exciting low-budget, NYC indie sure to generate equal measures of interest and controversy for its onscreen depictions of graphic masturbation. Hozie, the guitarist and vocalist of Bodega, serves as the movie’s director, writer, cinematographer, and editor. Sparking with “going-nowhere-fast” energy that…

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Samantha Stark’s ‘Framing Britney Spears’

April 19th, 2021

By Greg Carlson

gregcarlson1@gmail.com

18 April 2021

Validated and legitimized by a kind of inflated imprimatur as an episode in “The New York Times Presents” series, filmmaker Samantha Stark’s “Framing Britney Spears” is a frustrating piece of lopsided speculation that never quite does enough to investigate and interrogate the horrifying treatment experienced by its subject as a young woman in the spotlight. In other words, the nonfiction celebrity exposé risks becoming the…

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The Master’s Voice: Monro’s ‘Kubrick by Kubrick’

April 12th, 2021

The Master’s Voice: Monro’s 'Kubrick by Kubrick'

By Greg Carlson

09 April 2021

Joining the group of nonfiction portraits that includes “Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures,” “Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes,” “Room 237,” “S Is for Stanley,” and “Filmworker,” Gregory Monro’s “Kubrick by Kubrick” is a worthy addition to the growing collection of documentary films exploring various aspects of the life and career of the legendary auteur. The most devoted fans might…

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End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock (2021)

April 6th, 2021

By Greg Carlson

02 April 2021

Kring’s 'End of the Line' Part of North Dakota Environmental Rights Film Festival

One of several powerful films included in the upcoming 2021 North Dakota Environmental Rights Film Festival -- screening virtually from April 11 through April 25 -- director Shannon Kring’s “End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock” looks at recent history through the eyes of several committed and passionate indigenous water protectors. Following its recent world…

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Collecting Movies With Toby Jones

March 29th, 2021

Collecting Movies with Toby Jones (2021)

By Greg Carlson 

gregcarlson1@gmail.com

28 March 2021

Toby Jones is an Emmy-nominated writer, director and cartoonist from Fargo, North Dakota currently living in Los Angeles. He has worked as a writer and storyboard director on “Regular Show,” an executive producer on “OK K.O.!: Let's Be Heroes,” and is the creator of “AJ's Infinite…

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